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If you're needing a break from turkey after the Thanksgiving holiday, try this recipe for Cuban pork roast. Much of the flavor comes from a garlicky mojo sauce that's used as a marinade and sauce. It's from Today's Dietitian.

CUBAN PORK ROAST

Servings: 6

15 cloves garlic (about 1 head), peeled

1 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1 large onion, sliced

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lime juice (about 2-3 limes)

 

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/3 cup olive oil

2 pounds pork tenderloin

Place garlic cloves in a mortar and lightly crush with the pestle. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt over the crushed garlic and mash into a paste. Transfer garlic paste to a large zip-close bag and add remaining salt, onion, orange juice, lime juice, oregano, cumin and olive oil and mix well. Pierce pork all over with the tip of a sharp knife and place meat in bag, making sure to coat pork well with marinade. Press out as much air as possible from bag before sealing. Pork should marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place a nonstick oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Remove pork tenderloin from marinade, taking care to leave behind as many bits of onions and garlic as possible. Reserve marinade. Sear pork until golden brown on all 4 sides. Transfer pan to oven and roast for 30 minutes or until pork reaches 145 F in the center. Meanwhile, place reserved marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 2 minutes before lowering to a simmer. Continue cooking on low until the pork is ready to serve. When pork is ready, remove from oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Drizzle some sauce over pork and serve remaining sauce on the side. Serves 6.

Per serving: 344 calories; 41 grams protein; 7 grams carbohydrate; 17 grams fat (4 grams saturated); 110 milligrams cholesterol; 1 gram fiber; 2 grams sugars; 573 milligrams sodium.

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Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian with SIU Med School in Springfield, Illinois. For comments or questions, contact her at charfarg@aol.com or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

 

 

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