I rarely cook pork in my house, it’s a long story of the reason why but here is the short version: just picture a little girl going to visit her grandfather’s pig farm and wanting to take home the baby pigs and your dad telling you why you couldn’t. Yes, since I was very young anything pork related was hard for me to eat and honestly still is, but with the Paleo “diet” there is so much chicken and fish a girl can eat. With that being said I have been mixing up the protein options and taking baby steps into the areas of protein I haven’t eaten in a long time. My husband is very happy with this new change by the way since he loves pork. But just for the record there are some protein sources I have a long way of going before trying again.
Ok, let’s talk about this tenderloin. Last week I received my shipment of US Wellness Meats and with my shipment I decided to add a pork tenderloin last minute. Now the only pork tenderloin recipe that I’m familiar with is my mom’s much loved pork tenderloin, but that recipe includes all things that are a no no on the Paleo Diet. For example, soy sauce and brown sugar….yes, those two are a no no. Now with that being said, I had to figure out another recipe to use that would fit right with my new Paleo ways. This recipe came to me while just getting in the kitchen and adding some things together to form a rub. I wanted a spice and the cinnamon was added because I love cinnamon and thought it might be a good add and would pair well together and with the salsa. The apple salsa you get a slight sweetness from the apple which works well with the spice. Now a note of the apple salsa, those following a fairly strict Paleo diet just eliminate the honey from the salsa. The tenderloin was a pretty quick and easy dish to not only prepare but also to cook. All a bonus in my busy “mommy” life.
Cinnamon Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pork tenderloin
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine olive oil, garlic, chili powder, and cinnamon in a large shallow bowl. Add pork, and turn to coat evenly with chili cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle both sides of the pork with salt and pepper. Let the pork marinate in the rub for about 15 to 30 minutes.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, and spray with coconut spray (or oil pan slightly). Add pork and cook until browned and grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Transfer pan to oven. Bake pork to desired doneness, 17 to 18 minutes. Let stand for at least 5 minutes, then cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Serve with apple salsa. You can find my recipe for apple salsa here. It’s pretty yummy!