This recipe looks elegant and tastes decadent, but it is surprisingly simple to prepare. You can vary the stuffing vegetables with any of your plan-friendly favorites. Pork tenderloin is an excellent source of lean protein - a single 4 ounce portion contains 28 grams of protein and only 4 grams of fat. For many years pork held a bad rep in the weight loss world, but the truth is that pork tenderloin is actually a lean source of good protein. Bonsu: it contains nutrients like selenium, vitamin B-1 and choline.
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 3 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 3 oz. diced red bell pepper
- 10 oz. baby spinach
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- 1 pound of center-cut boneless pork loin roast, butterflied
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add mushrooms and peppers, cook, stirring, until they start to brown and release their liquid, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add spinach and cook until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Season pork all over with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Spread cooled spinach-mushroom mixture evenly over pork, leaving a border around the edges.
- Roll up (jellyroll style or fold in half like a book) and tie pork at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add pork, seam side down, and brown for 3 to 4 minutes, then brown the remaining sides and ends.
- Transfer pork to a roasting pan and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 150°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
- Let pork rest for 10 minutes, then cut into thick slices and serve.
Serve with roasted sweet potatoes or with our Cauliflower Potato Mash recipe.
Makes 4 servings | One serving replaces: 1 protein, 4 oz. vegetables
- If you like more of a stuffing, add approx 200 calories worth of Panko Bread crumbs to the mixture. *This addition will replace a carbohydrate serving
- For extra tender pork, pound thin before stuffing.