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Vegetable-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Vegetable-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
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Vegetable-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Prep: 30 minutes plus standing
Roast: 30 minutes • Serves: 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup chopped leeks
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped asparagus
1/4 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
2 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pork tenderloin (about 1-1/4 pounds)

1. Preheat oven to 375°. In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add carrots and leeks; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus and mushrooms; cook 3 minutes or until mushrooms release their moisture, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat; stir in breadcrumbs, thyme and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Makes about 1/2 cup filling.

2. To butterfly pork, cut pork lengthwise down center, leaving 1/2 inch uncut. Lay pork flat between plastic wrap on cutting board; pound to 1/2-inch thick with flat end of meat mallet. Remove plastic wrap; place filling lengthwise down center of pork in 2-inch row. From long side, tightly roll pork around filling; secure with 3 wooden skewers.

3. Sprinkle pork with remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat; add pork and cook 4 minutes or until browned, turning once. Transfer pork to rimmed baking pan; roast 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145°. Let pork stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (4 ounces pork, 2 tablespoons filling):
235 Calories, 11g Fat (2g Saturated), 76mg Cholesterol, 292mg Sodium,
5g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 1g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 29g Protein

Dietitian’s Dish Tip(s):
Chock full of spinach and asparagus, this stuffed tenderloin takes boring to beautiful and offers a wealth of nutrients like folate, fiber and vitamins A and K. Add even more veggie power by mixing cauliflower rice into the stuffing.

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