Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pork Loin with Onions and Apricots and Puree of Apricot for Baby

This is a really nice weeknight meal when you want to make dinner a little extra special. This meal is very easy and requires very little hands on time. It is a very healthy meal with only 396 calories per serving. 

Apricots are another nutritious food for baby. This fruit is typically introduced around 6 to 8 months. If you will be using Dried Apricots, try to find those that do not contain sulphurs such as sulphur dioxide. Some babies can be allergic to sulphurs and sulphurs tend to be high in sodium
Apricots are high in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Lycopene. 

Pork Loin with Onions and Dried Apricots (Recipe: Martha Stewart- Everyday Food Light)
Serves 4

1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 pounds pork loin-tied in 1" intervals
Salt and pepper
1/2 pound cipollini onions or pearl onions (you can use frozen pearl onions)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 stripes of orange zest
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (add an additional 1/4 cup if you would like to make baby food)
1 tsp red wine vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on all sides; 10 mins. Transfer pork to a plate-set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add in onions; cook 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

3. Return pork to the pan and add in wine, broth, orange zest, and apricots. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover and transfer to oven. Cook until the internal temperature reads 140 degrees F; about 25-30 mins.

4. Transfer pork to a cutting board and tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil over medium-high heat on stove top and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 mins. Stir in vinegar.

5. Thinly slice pork and serve with onions , apricots and sauce. 

To make pureed apricots for baby:
Boil 1/4 cup of chopped dried apricots in water until tender 15-20 minutes. Puree in blender with enough reserved cooking liquid to create a smooth puree. Makes 2 jars of baby food. 

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