The Victoria Day long weekend has come and gone and I come to you today with a delicious recipe worth writing home about. 😉
Knowing that I had a pork tenderloin in my freezer just waiting to be turned into something glorious, I put my thinking cap on when I it came time to meal plan for the week. The goal was to make something that had a fresh summery flavour all while encompassing some classic earthy and comforting flavours. Sounds like quite the mouthful eh? I had a vision, so I just rolled with it. Thankfully that vision came to life exactly as I had hoped. With a little prep time earlier in the day, and the use of my BBQ to cook the meat, this meal came together in about 30 minutes. Perfect for nights that you don’t want to be glued to your kitchen.
Lemon Thyme Pork Tenderloin With Lentils
What You Need:
- 1 pork tenderloin
- juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- a nice bunch of fresh thyme
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 of an onion; minced
- 1/2-2/3 C dry green lentils
What You Do:
– The first step is to prepare your pork with a marinade. You can do this either the night before, or several hours before you want to grill.
– Gather your ingredients
– In a large Ziploc bag, insert your pork and then add the thyme, lemon juice, roughly chopped garlic, salt, pepper and a few good glugs (maybe 2-3 Tbsp) of olive oil
– seal the bag and rub the mixture into the meat. Make sure the meat is completely coated and then set it in the fridge to marinate away.
– ready to start cooking?
– turn 2 elements of your BBQ on high to pre-heat
– meanwhile, start your lentils by heating up a medium saucepan to med-low and start sweating your chopped onions
– top off with some water. I like to use the same trick with most of my grains.. when adding water, the level should by high enough over the lentils to hit your first knuckle on your pinky finger.
– bring the mixture to a boil, stir and then cover. Turn the temperature down to low and let it cook away.
– now head on out to your grill! It should be pre-heated by now, so give it a quick clean down with a wire brush, set the temperature down to low now and get that pork cooking.
– it should take about 6-8 minutes a side depending on how thick of a tenderloin you have. It will be read when the juices start to run clear.
– once the meat has come off of the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to re-set themselves.
– your lentils should be ready by this point
– once the meat has rested, slice it up and serve with the lentils and your favourite veggie! Steamed beans complimented the meal quite nicely. 😉
The subtle lemony flavour within the pork helped to make that nice fresh balance for the earthy lentils. It is definitely a combination that I will put together again.
P.S. The meal tasted extra delicious when enjoyed outdoors. 😉