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Wilted Spinach and Spicy Pork Salad

So, I’m in trouble with my wife’s trainer.

Apparently, the food I cook isn’t healthy enough.

What E.V.E.R.

I can cook healthfully. The trick is to make it taste good, but I can do that, too.

When I get lucky. And the stars align. And the gods smile upon me…you get the idea.

Wilted Spinach and Spicy Pork Salad
What You Need
4 cups raw spinach
1/3 cup chopped red onion
4 crimi mushrooms
4 strawberries
12 oz extra lean pork loin (trim the fat, if necessary)
1 tbsp bacon grease
1 tsp olive oil
powdered chipotle
powdered, smoked paprika
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese
kosher salt
What To Do with It
Sprinkle the chipotle and paprika (liberally) on 2 sides of the pork loin (OK, you’re going to coat it, just don’t overdo it, as it will get a bit HOT).  Lightly sprinkle on some salt. Put it back in the fridge for an hour, then let stand, unrefrigerated, for 1 hour.
After 1 hr, halve the strawberries and mushroom, then slice (you want them at room temperature before serving).

After 2 hours, turn an oven to 400.  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon grease then sear the pork loin for about  5 minutes per side. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

While the pork finishes in the oven, sautee the onions in the olive oil, and quickly wilt the spinach in the same pan you cooked the pork in (and by quickly, I mean throw in the spinach, then flip after 10 seconds, then remove after 10 seconds).

Remove the onions from the other skillet, then put in the vinegar. Remove from heat.

Plate the spinach, feta, strawberries onions and mushrooms and toss.  Drizzle on the vinegar, and sprinkle a bit of salt on top.

Remove the pork loin from the oven, cut longitudionally, then slice and plate.

3 thoughts on “Wilted Spinach and Spicy Pork Salad

  1. I made this for dinner recently, and Colby and I both really enjoyed it. Thanks!

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