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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wilted Spinach and Spicy Pork Salad

So, I'm in trouble with my wife's trainer.

Apparently, the food I cook isn't healthy enough.

What E.V.E.R.

I can cook healthfully. The trick is to make it taste good, but I can do that, too.

When I get lucky. And the stars align. And the gods smile upon get the idea.

Wilted Spinach and Spicy Pork Salad

What You Need

4 cups raw spinach
1/3 cup chopped red onion
4 crimi mushrooms
4 strawberries
12 oz extra lean pork loin (trim the fat, if necessary)
1 tbsp bacon grease
1 tsp olive oil
powdered chipotle
powdered, smoked paprika
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese
kosher salt

What To Do with It

Sprinkle the chipotle and paprika (liberally) on 2 sides of the pork loin (OK, you're going to coat it, just don't overdo it, as it will get a bit HOT).  Lightly sprinkle on some salt. Let stand, unrefrigerated, for 2 hours.

After 1 hr, halve the strawberries and mushroom, then slice (you want them at room temperature before serving).

After 2 hours, turn an oven to 400.  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon grease then sear the pork loin for about  5 minutes per side. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

While the pork finishes in the oven, sautee the onions in the olive oil, and quickly wilt the spinach in the same pan you cooked the pork in (and by quickly, I mean throw in the spinach, then flip after 10 seconds, then remove after 10 seconds).

Remove the onions from the other skillet, then put in the vinegar. Remove from heat.

Plate the spinach, feta, strawberries onions and mushrooms and toss.  Drizzle on the vinegar, and sprinkle a bit of salt on top.

Remove the pork loin from the oven, cut longitudionally, then slice and plate.


Anonymous said...

Nice job on the leaner choices and getting veggies in! I'm curious about the nutrition but overall looks healthy! I'll try to plug it an a nutrition app. Keep this up for sizzling hot wifey! I know the recipe to that! Ingredients: daily Lean choices, 180 min of moderate to intense cardio a week, a really good personal trainer, 3 or more weight training/ week, less alcohol...let simmer and wha-la! Sizzling hot wifey!

Anonymous said...

What does the E.V.E.R. Stand for?

Thomas Morris said...

Thanks for the comments!

We're working on your recipe!

E.V.E.R. is just a drawn-out "ever."