Lime Basil Pork with Sweet Potatoes
Happy Wednesday! I hope that everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day Weekend, celebrating those that have sacrificed everything for our freedoms. We decided to do a long weekend getaway to New Orleans and see some of our favorite country music artists - Chris Stapleton and George Strait. I can't begin to tell you how amazing their performances were, and I'm so fortunate to have seen George Strait before he stops performing! If you get the chance to see either of them (or both), GO! While we had a blast, we also ate way too much delicious food and had a few cocktails! This week we wanted to get back on the healthy train, so I've been doing some cooking. This sauce was originally found on the Clean Eating website, and it was meant for a chicken recipe. However, I decided to try it out with a pork tenderloin. This sauce was UNBELIEVABLE. This is definitely a new favorite and very versatile. I paired this with some sliced sweet potatoes, and to make it even better - this was all cooked on one pan in the oven! This is a great weeknight meal (or weekend), but can be cooked in a little over 30 minutes. Enjoy!
NOTE: If you'd like to make this for a double date night, double the amount of pork and potatoes.
Ingredients (Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes)
1 pork tenderloin (mine was about 1.1 pounds)
1-2 sweet potatoes, cut into slices (about 1/4 inch thick, depending on your preference)
dash of salt
dash of pepper
~1 tb olive oil (or whichever oil you prefer; enough to brush the tenderloin and potatoes)
Ingredients (Lime Basil Sauce)
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 1/2 cups torn, fresh basil
2 tb olive oil (or whichever oil you prefer)
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish or sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray. I'd recommend using a sheet pan with the rack (spray the rack). Brush the oil over the tenderloin and sprinkle with salt and pepper (no more than 1/2 tsp each). Place on the rack. Brush the sweet potatoes with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper as well, and place on the rack next to the pork. If necessary, use two pans. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pork tenderloin.
In the meantime, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a mini food processor and combine thoroughly. This should be the texture of a sauce. In the last 10 minutes of cooking the pork, brush the pork with a little of the sauce and place back in the oven for the remaining cooking time. Reserve the rest for serving on top of the pork when ready to serve. Enjoy!