Sunday, February 3, 2008

Pork Tenderloin Roast

The Deb has a few life-affirming rules, one of which is, "if your diet doesn't allow you to have pork, bread or any other main staple of food from that 1950s pyramid, DITCH THAT DIET!!"

Also? The Deb loves pork. She's a southern girl through and through. Give her enough time and she'll slap bacon around everything in a kitchen. You found five dollars in a pants pocket? Wow! That could only be made better if the five dollars was wrapped in bacon!! Anyway. Pork is a great diet meat because so many cuts of it are nice and lean. This recipe is perfect for a Sunday because this is great to be cooking away for a nice post-church luncheon or just to brace yourself for the coming week.

Pork Tenderloin Roast
Preheat your oven to 400 and spray your roasting pan. Oh, and The Deb has a little trick about roasting pans -- if you don't feel like busting out your big guns (i.e. the huge roaster you use once a year for Thanksgiving turkey, etc.) just put a smallish wire cooling rack inside a 9 x 13 baking pan. This makes cleanup a lot easier and saves you the hassle of coaxing your enormous Calphalon roaster out of hiding.

You'll need:
2 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed of all visible fat
2 t. olive oil
1 t. EACH: garlic salt, onion salt
2 T. EACH: fresh chopped basil, parsley, oregano and thyme. If you only have dry herbs, reduce size to teaspoons vs. tablespoons. Dried herbs are always more potent than fresh so you always use less!
a little more salt and freshly ground pepper, just to your own taste

Mix all your herbs together and then rub the oil onto the roast. Then rub in all the herbs, making sure to coat all sides of the roast. Then pop it in the oven for 30 -- 40 minutes. Let it settle for about 10 minutes before carving. Makes 6 servings amd goes perfectly with rice and a veggie side or salad. Also? Only 3 WW points, holy moly. So it's about 175 calories, and very low in fat. And it makes you feel all down-home with your bad self. Which is such a nice way to feel when it's so cold outside and you're still able to stick to a healthy, easy supper!

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