mexican spice-rubbed pork with quinoa

This recipe is an especially healthy one because it calls for lean, roasted pork tenderloin and flavorful, corn-filled quinoa (both whole grains). It's flavorful from the spice rub (hello, antioxidants!) and proved to be a very filling meal with a little side salad.

For those of you who have never tried quinoa, let me tell you that you are really missing out. This hearty whole grain is power packed with nutrients, such as fiber, protein, magnesium, riboflavin (a B vitamin) and more. Combined with the double-duty second whole grain, it's a power-house side. Enjoy.

Mexican Spice-rubbed Pork with Quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 3/4 pounds total), halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (I used home-grown chives)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Jarred salsa or salsa verde, for serving (optional)  
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin and two teaspoons salt in a shallow dish. Rub the pork all over with the olive oil, then roll in the spice mixture to coat. Transfer to a roasting pan and roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 140-145 degrees F, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest, wrapped in foil, five minutes.  
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and fluff with a fork. Toss with the corn, scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Slice the pork and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with the quinoa and salsa verde, if desired.

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