Pork with Pomegranate Pan Sauce+

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 2 tablespoons sauce)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle over pork chops.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm. Add shallots to pan; cook 45 seconds, stirring constantly. Add juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and vinegar; bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Serve pork with sauce.

CALORIES 232 ; FAT 8.8g (sat 2.7g,mono 4.6g,poly 0.8g); CHOLESTEROL 67mg; CALCIUM 34mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.1g; SODIUM 352mg; PROTEIN 24g; FIBER 0.3g; IRON 1.3mg

Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew+

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (28-ounce) can hominy, drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set 1 1/2 teaspoons spice mixture aside. Add pork to remaining spice mixture in bowl, tossing well to coat.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove pork from pan; set aside. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Return pork to pan. Add reserved 1 1/2 teaspoons spice mixture, broth, hominy, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes.

CALORIES 300 ; FAT 8.3g (sat 2.1g,mono 3.7g,poly 1.4g); CHOLESTEROL 76mg; CALCIUM 51mg; CARBOHYDRATE 26.9g; SODIUM 523mg; PROTEIN 28.9g; FIBER 6.1g; IRON 3.2mg

Pork Tenderloin Agrodolce


5 points

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1/3 cup sauce)

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup green olives
1/2 cup dried sweet cherries
1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
6 garlic cloves
3 thyme sprigs
1 pound cipollini onions, peeled
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 500°.

2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 45 minutes or until onions are almost tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, and cook 7 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently.

3. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add pork to pan, and cook 1 minute. Turn pork over. Place pan in oven; bake at 500° for 12 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Slice pork crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with sauce.

CALORIES 238 ; FAT 7.7g (sat 1.7g,mono 4.5g,poly 1.1g); CHOLESTEROL 55mg; CALCIUM 43mg; CARBOHYDRATE 21.4g; SODIUM 416mg; PROTEIN 18.9g; FIBER 2.3g; IRON 1.4mg

Grilled Herbed Pork Tenderloin+

5 points

Yield:  8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)

1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 garlic cloves, peeled
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Combine first 9 ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until almost smooth. Pour mixture into a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

Remove pork from marinade. Discard marinade. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cover and grill 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink), turning pork after 15 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

CALORIES 214 (24% from fat); FAT 5.8g (sat 1.5g,mono 2g,poly 1.6g); IRON 1.6mg; CHOLESTEROL 74mg; CALCIUM 29mg; CARBOHYDRATE 15.7g; SODIUM 168mg; PROTEIN 24.4g; FIBER 0.3g

Pork Medallions with Balsamic-Shallot Sauce+

5 points

Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 2 medallions and about 1 tablespoon sauce)

1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Cooking spray
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1. Cut tenderloin crosswise into 8 pieces. Place each piece between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each piece to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small, heavy skillet. Combine salt, thyme, pepper, and allspice; rub over both sides of pork.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan, and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots and butter to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add brown sugar and vinegar to pan; cook 30 seconds or until sugar melts, stirring constantly. Spoon sauce over pork.

CALORIES 226 (25% from fat); FAT 6.4g (sat 2.5g,mono 2.4g,poly 0.5g); IRON 2mg; CHOLESTEROL 92mg; CALCIUM 19mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.3g; SODIUM 371mg; PROTEIN 32.3g; FIBER 0.2g