Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Grilled Chile Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney and Leftover Sandwiches

Here’s a healthy dinner idea with a recipe for leftovers.

This week, because I love this book so much, I’m almost entirely cooking out of “Cooking Light Way to Cook”.

I decided you need this book too. So I’m going to give it away to the person who gives me the best answer. I’d like to know how you’re becoming or staying healthy and how this book can help you.

I’m trying to be healthier too and need your support. I’m hoping your thoughts will get me through these stricter life changes. Please leave a comment. I’ll let the winner know on Friday the 22nd, so leave me a way to contact you.

Grilled Chile Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney
Printer Version, all three recipes.
This recipe was so much fun to make and tasted fantastic. The directions originally called for chops, but I doubled the spice rub and made two pork loins. There was plenty of chutney for both. You can make chops instead if you prefer, but reduce the rub by half.

Apple Chutney
1 tablespoon butter
3 apples
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced peeled ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1. Core the apple and cut it into slices. Cut those slices into thin wedges about 1/4 inch thick.

2. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet and add the apples. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the apples are lightly browned.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the liquid is gone and the apples are tender.

Grilled Chile Pork Tenderloin
1 to 2 pork tenderloins (I get them in a package of 2 at the store)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper or adobo chile pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cooking spray

1. Turn the grill to medium-high. Rinse pork loins and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix together all of the spices. Spray the pork with cooking spray and rub all over with spice mixture.

3. Grill, flipping once, until a thermometer reads 160 degrees in the center. Remove pork from the grill and rest for 10 minutes.

4. Cut pork into rounds and serve covered with chutney.

Haricots Verts (Green Beans)
If you green beans are pretty thin and young you can use this method to pan fry them. If they are thick, boil them for a few minutes and drain well before starting this recipe.

2 teaspoon olive oil
About 12 ounces green beans
2 to 3 thinly slices garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the beans and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat down if they oil starts to splatter.

2. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook until the garlic is lightly browned.

Spiced Pork Panini with Apple Chutney & Havarti on French Bread

This is my favorite part of this meal. These sandwiches are incredible and I’m so sad I’m out of both pork and chutney. If you anticipate leftovers, grab a loaf of thinly sliced French-type bread and some Havarti.
If you don’t have a panini press, just grill in a skillet. Just be careful your fillings don’t fall out when you flip the sandwich over.

Thinly sliced French-style bread
Leftover pork, sliced in 1/2 inch thick rounds
Leftover apple chutney
Havarti cheese

Preheat your panini press to medium high. Lightly butter the outsides of bread. Place one slice butter side down and spoon on chutney. Add some Havarti, then pork and a little more Havarti. Top with another slice of buttered bread. Grill to melty-gooey happiness.

Pork recipe & green beans adapted from Cooking Light Way to Cook. Sandwich & photographs by Laura Flowers.


Unknown said...

First of all, I need this book because as far as Lifestyle choices I find that trying new things is key. I get bored with the same old song and dance so I switch it up.

- to stick with it try to really remember that great feeling after eating well and working out. You will always feel happier if you keep doing those things -

Monica said...

I love to find healthy and satisfying recipes. I think that the best motivation for me is putting on my clothes and realizing how tight they are! Then I remember how I want them to fit and to keep my nose out of the peanut butter! (that's my weakness)

Unknown said...

I'm trying to regain the healthy lifestyle I had before my divorce. I ran almost every day, and cooked 'real' meals. A year and 20 pounds later...Ugh. Comfort in fatty foods is a dangerous thing.

Veronica said...

I'm becoming healthy by learning what moderation means. I've decided I don't want to live as a thin person if that means I can't ever have sweets or cheeseburgers. I'm learning how much I can eat of those things per week and still lose weight. It isn't a lot but it's enough to keep me happy. Also, making healthy food that is also delicious makes the rest of my meals so enjoyable that I often forget that they're even part of my quest to be healthy and thin. Which leads me to why I need this book--because it will help me with the second part of the equation--making those delicious, healthy meals.

softhef said...

Dear Laura,
Butter makes everything better.
Love, Shar

Desserts In My Kitchen said...

Hi Laura! Boy, your pork recipe sure does look awesome! Yes, it does look very healthy. Hmm, I will answer your question the best way I can, although my website is pretty much nothing but desserts. I stay healthy by creating my recipes, and then passing my desserts down to the neighbors!! :)

Morgan said...

yummy, those green beans sound soooo tasty! =)

Joanne said...

Apple chutney! Deliciously exciting stuff. That, I would have a hard time resisting. I bet it would make for an awesome grilled cheese!

Generally I'm pretty good about going to the gym and eating healthy foods. the problem comes when I "mess up" and then feel so guilty that I proceed to eat everything in the house. Which is NOT healthy. So my plan to stay healthy is to remind myself constantly that having ONE dessert or ONE extra bite of something doesn't matter in the long run. But the whole jar of peanut butter...that so does.

Anonymous said...

OK.... love the photos and recipes ( ok, i am sucking up) haha, you know i love ya..
Anyway, i would love this book, i was just told this week by my dr, that i need to lose weight, lower my cholesterol... and the usual yadda yadda... She IS NOT MY FRIEND right now. LOL I have a feeling my sciatic problems are related to my weight also. I need a swift kick in the rear to eat better and change some of my eating habits. ( like not eating right before bed)

Anonymous said...

Shar... so true... ugh!

Katherine said...

I'm actively trying to get my whole family to eat better, and this cookbook could really help me with dinner ideas.

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

Red said...

Hi Laura,
In 2008, I had weight loss surgery (Lap Band) and had to make radical changes in my diet. I found a new understanding for moderation, and another for healthy delicious food. While I have a handful of recipes, things get boring after awhile.

My advice is to find recipes that you love and try to incorporate healthier options. I am a big advocate for quinoa, instead of rice. I am addicted to it, and it's so much healthier! That, and I love portobello mushrooms. So much that I can make myself a delicious 'mock hamburger' with them.

Hopefully that will help with your attempt to eat healthier. I wish you luck!

ps. I can be reached via my blog or email:

Sketches by Mary said...

Everything looks so tasty! I need a fork to try it all. :)

Just found your blog this morning thought I would check it out, glad I did. :)

Blessings, Mary

Sue said...

Laura, I didn't realize this was a giveaway until I read the comments:)
Anyway, I would love this book! I love baking sweets, so I really need to eat healthier the rest of the time. I am not a creative cook and cook the same things over and over, so this book would be great! My husband lost 60 pounds by eating less and healthier( imagine that!)and has kept it off for 6 years! I have lost 18 pounds in the last few months and would like to lose 20 more:)
Have a great weekend!

Renee said...

I've been following the WW plan loosely for the past year and a half or so. I've also been trying to incorporate eating the recomended foods according to the "pyramid" (five fruits and veggies, two grains, protien at every meal). If I think I'm hungry, drink a glass of water. If I need/feel as though I need a snack I reach for fresh fruits/veggies before snacky foods (which I SO prefer). Try and wait twenty minutes after eating before having seconds or desserts. If I'm having wine I measure by pouring or weighing (100 grams is 1/2 cup).

I haven't mentioned excercise b/c I'm a failure in that department. I work with two year olds and don't have that much extra energy to do it. I'd like to, but not motivated.

The book would be helpful in creating tasty, yet healthy meals, for my husband, and future children and other family members (we gather quite frequently). The book would also be a nice go to place instead of trying to tweak other recipes to be healthy.

Good luck with your goals and hope I've been helpful.

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

Hubby's quintuple bypass last fall was the impetus for our "get in shape" program. In addition to healthier eating habits- less salt, fewer bad fats and more good fats- we've been helping each other get motivated to exercise. We've joined a gym and often meet there after work, but what's been the most fun this summer have been our evening bike rides. We take our bikes to a nearby riverside community where we get exercise and enjoy the surroundings at the same time. :) This sounds like a great cookbook to get some more variety into our meals. The recipes you've showcased here certainly haven't traded in flavor for nutrition- they all sound delicious!

ancsa said...

Hi Laura!

For me, it's very hard to go on a diet. So, instead of mortification, I tried new ingredients and replaced the old ones with sth healthier.
eg. I never thought, I would like balsamic vinegar. But I had a try at it, and now I love roasted beetroot with some salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and rosemary.
All in all, for me seasoning helps a lot.

Also, its summer, and I love the sweets, so I make homemade ice creams.
eg. for vanilla ice cream, I use less eggyolks, instead of whipping cream I use half and half and add some extra whipped eggwhites to the hot mixture. ( also you can season it with something extra you love. eg. I added some leftover apple muffin chunks to the ice cream.. I think it's the best way to get a healthy and unique dessert :)) )

Finally, my brother has diabetes. So, instead of sugar, we use xylitol. It's expensive, but it worth it, because 100g xylitol has 240 kcal ( instead of 400), it doesn't raise your blood sugar ( so you wont be hungry again after 1-2 hour -- also this is why I use homemade wholewheat bread, which is btw make 5 minutes to make + baking.. :) ) and you can use xylitol just like the sugar in your old recipes.

So this book could help me, to find out new ingredients/recipes that I can use in everday life without give up good eatings.. :)

Hope you found something new in my comment and you can reach me at ancsa.0727(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

I totally understand with being healthier. I try so hard but sometimes all i want is a burger.

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