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Pistachio Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Usually when I make Pork Tenderloin, I don’t really do a lot to it. I marinate it for a few hours in a mixture that includes orange juice and soy sauce and then roast it for about 45 minutes. I decided to change it up a bit last week and sneak in my new favourite spice, Cardamom (as well as a few other “C” spices). I think cardamom has such a distinct and delicious flavour. Not only that, but it has many health benefits as well. Being from the same family as ginger and turmeric, it has some anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help with digestive issues. I’ve  also read that it can be used to help with coughs and colds, which I thought was interesting. In this recipe, I just added it to the sauce, but I think it really completes the dish.

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1 Lbs Pork Tenderloin

2/3 Cups Pistachios, shelled

1 Tbsp Coriander

2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Caraway

 

Sauce:

2 Oranges, juice only

2 Tbsp Orange marmalade

1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Finely chop pistachios. Mix together with cumin, coriander and caraway. Roll tenderloin in pistachio mixture until well coated. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until done. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

While the tenderloin is baking, whisk together orange juice, marmalade and cardamom in a small sauce pan. Over low heat simmer about 10 minutes until thickened. Serve over tenderloin.

Curry Turkey Sliders

Curried Turkey Sliders

Every recipe starts out as an experiment for me. Often, I’m trying to see how healthy and flavourful I can make something and still have my kids eat it. I’m fortunate to be blessed with children that are not too picky. Although they both have things they won’t eat, they will usually try at least one bite of whatever I make. I think these sliders are an example of a recipe that really turned out (that doesn’t always happen). As a result, they’ve become a fairly regular meal at our house. I usually mix them up in the morning, so at dinnertime I just need to form and bake them. My son also loves to have them in his lunch the next day (cold). You can top them with whatever you like, my favourite is the Mango topping recipe I’ve added below and a few baby spinach leaves.

 

Sliders:

1 Lbs Ground Turkey

1 Cup Apple, grated (about 1 large apple)

1 1/2 Cups Cooked Quinoa

1/2 Cup Onion, finely diced

1 Egg

1 Tbsp Madras Curry

2 tsp Ginger, grated

12 Slider buns

Mix together the first seven ingredients until well combined. Let rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Then form the mixture into 12 sliders and bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 375 degrees, until cooked through.

Mango topping:

1 Mango, finely diced

1 Tbsp honey

1 tsp Cardamom

1/3 Cup Water

Mix together all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook over low to medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes until thickened.

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