Saturday, October 1, 2011

No Time to Cook: A Quick and Easy Pork Dinner

Regular readers of Just One Donna know that I like to cook.  No, I'm not a fancy chef, just a home cook.  I like making food that my family enjoys.  Are you like me?
A Home Cooked Pork Dinner
Well, if you are like me, you don't like to cook every single day of you life.  No, other priorities do slip in.  Maybe it's work, maybe it's family obligations, or maybe it's your son's soccer game.  Whatever it may be, we have to be prepared for those days when we can't be "from scratch" cooking.   One of the things I keep in my freezer is marinated pork loins, or tenderloins.  It really doesn't matter what brand or what marinade.  Choose whatever your family likes.  Whatever you choose, pork tenderloins are a flavorful and quick to cook.  They are a great base for a delicious family dinner.

Start with a Marinated Pork Loin
The other night I needed a quick family dinner.  It started with a teriyaki pork loin.  The dinner ended up to be orange teriyaki pork with green beans and onions, and parsley potatoes. Sounds good, doesn't it?   From start to on the table was forty-five minutes.  They were easy minutes, not rushed minutes.  Here's how you can do it, too.

Orange Teriyaki Pork with Green Beans and Onions, Parsley Potatoes
Serves 4
Add Orange Flavor
  • 1.5 pound teriyaki marinated pork loin
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and blanched
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-8 small red potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • generous handful fresh parsley, chopped

I cooked my orange teriyaki pork on my gas grill.  You can do the same or use your oven, set at 400 degrees F.  Make a cooking surface by placing two sheets of aluminum foil together.  Fold over the edges making sides to your make-shift pan.  Drizzle a little olive oil in the bottom of the "pan".  Open the pork package and place the pork on the aluminum foil.  Zest the orange,  Cut the orange in half and mix the zest with the juice of 1/2 the orange.  Pour the zest/juice combination over the pork.  Preheat your gas grill or oven.  I have a three burner grill and turn off the middle burner.  Place the foil pan with the pork over the center of the grill, close the cover and cook until the pork registers 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.

Meanwhile, quarter the potatoes and place in a pan with salted cold water.  Cook the potatoes until fork tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste, butter and parsley.  Toss and set aside.  You want the flavors to meld together.
Cook Parsley Potatoes

In a medium frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the red pepper flakes, garlic and onions.  Cook together until soft.  Add the green beans and cook until tender, but still crunchy.  Cover and set aside.

Saute Green Beans
By now the pork should be cooked.  Check the temperature with your thermometer.  If the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F, remove the foil pan from the heat, wrap it around the pork and let the pork sit for 5- 10 minutes.

Enjoy Your Pork Dinner in 45 Minutes or Less
Call your family together and serve your meal.  You've managed an "in the door to table" meal in 45 minutes.  Isn't that faster than going to a local restaurant?  Cleanup is a snap as well; one pot for the potatoes, one pan for the green beans, and just toss the foil "pan" for the pork in the trash.



  1. I love easy dinner like this. Easy but delicious!

  2. Wow ! this is so simple & quick. The individual ingredients presented on the plate look great. Cheers !


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