Pork and apples is an extraordinary culinary combination that goes way back. Somewhere in time, Grandma, or a famous chef, came up with a satisfying plate of pork chops and applesauce; and everyone asked for seconds. Then, along came pork and apple meatloaf. And pork stew with apples and cider. To keep a good thing going, we’ve added a small butternut squash to this tender baked pork tenderloin, just to keep in line with the fall harvest.
Eating seasonally certainly has its advantages. Fruits and vegetables harvested in season simply taste better. When they are left to ripen naturally they will acquire more flavor, and they will have greater amounts of vitamins and minerals too. A higher nutritional value goes a long way when you are trying to get all what your body needs from the food you eat. Purchase fruits, meats and vegetables from a local farmer and you will feel wonderful about consuming the freshest food you can get – outside of your own garden. Not to mention that eating seasonally is environmentally friendly. Food produced locally takes less transportation and less refrigeration, but… it is easy to lose track of the seasons.
So when a seasonal recipe lands on your plate, enjoy every mouthful for all it is worth. Indulge in that butternut squash – roast it with beef, make it the star of a slow-cooker butternut soup, or turn it into a scrumptious pie with walnut or hazelnut crust.
Roasted Pork With Squash And Apples Recipe
Protein: 45g / 38%
Carbs: 41g / 35%
Fat: 14g / 27%
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small butternut squash, diced into 1 inch chunks
- 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Brush the pork with olive oil, sprinkle Italian seasoning and season to taste.
- Place the pork tenderloin in an oven-proof pan or baking dish.
- Add the sliced apple, pear, onion and butternut squash in a bowl; mix with a little bit of olive oil and garlic. Season to taste.
- Place the fruit and vegetables around the pork.
- Bake in the oven 30 to 35 minutes or until pork reaches 145 F and squash is tender.