That healthy eating momentum is still going strong in our household (minus a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies that seem to be disappearing alarmingly fast from our freezer). I am so used to defaulting to carb-heavy sides like rice or pasta or potatoes to pair with dinner proteins, so coming up with low-carb veggie side dishes has been a challenge — but a fun one to experiment with.Roasted pork tenderloin is one of our go-to weeknight dinners because it’s pretty quick and easy to prepare, and usually gives us some delicious leftovers for lunch the next day. So I challenged myself to give this weeknight meal mainstay a new spin, with a healthy veggie side to complete the meal. I marinated the pork in soy sauce, sesame oil, and lots of fresh ginger in garlic to give it flavor. Then after cooking the pork halfway through, I added on some broccoli and shallots in the same dressing for the final cooking time. I love how it came out, and I also love that it was all contained to one pan. Doing less dishes always makes the meal a bit more delicious in my opinion! Get the full recipe below:
- 1 Lb. of Pork Tenderloin
- ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
- ¼ Cup Sesame Oil
- 1" Piece of Fresh Ginger, grated
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- Large Head of Broccoli (about 6 cups trimmed)
- 2 Large Shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds
- Black Pepper
- Combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, grated fresh ginger and minced garlic cloves in a bowl. Whisk together until fully incorporated.
- Pour ⅔ of the marinade over the pork in a bowl or plastic bag, and marinate for at least one hour.
- Reserve the remaining ⅓ marinade and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and add the marinated pork tenderloin to a rimmed baking sheet. Season with black pepper before moving the oven to cook for 15 minutes.
- While the pork is cooking, clean and trim the broccoli into small pieces and toss with the thinly sliced shallots and remaining reserved marinade.
- After the pork has cooked for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and add the broccoli mixture to the pan. Increase the heat to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- One the pork is fully cooked, pull the pan out of the oven and disperse the sesame seeds over the tenderloin and broccoli. Return to the oven and broil for 1 minute.
- Let the pork rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
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