Incredibly Easy Pork Tenderloin + Me Time

Recently Andrew and I had the following conversation:

        A: When are you getting together with your college roommates?

        C: February 4-5.  It’s a Monday-Tuesday.

        A: Hmm.

        C: Why do you ask? (Fishing for an “I’m going to miss you!”)

        A: I was hoping it was on a weekend.  I need a weekend to get some things done  

             around the house without having to worry about “quality time.”

Husbands, right? 😀

I tell you this story so that I don’t look like the bad guy when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed some me-time last night while Andrew was out (he had a work related dinner followed by a basketball game.)  No matter how much two people love each other, I think personal time is crucial.  While Andrew was off shooting hoops and talking about rocks (mine engineer,) here’s how I filled my evening: Dinner & Relaxation

Dinner

Herb-Seasoned Pork Tenderloin, Oven Roasted Potatoes, and Steamed Broccoli

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I would make this meal every week if I were cooking only for myself.  Pork is, without question, my favorite type of meat.  Here’s how I prepared it last night:

1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp paprika

Salt & Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and paprika.

3. Place pork tenderloin on the baking sheet and spoon spice/oil mixture over top.  Use hands to make sure entire tenderloin is coated.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper.

4. Place in oven for 30-45 minutes (Mine took about 35.)

5. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 5-10 minutes (this allows the meat to reabsorb its juices.)

DSCN7279Foil = clean pan and tender, juicy meat

6. Dig in, and enjoy!

Oh man.  This came out perfectly.  I’d like to take credit, but I think it’s just tough to mess up a pork tenderloin.

DSCN7282I slice in at least 5 places to make sure it’s done.  Paranoid?  Perhaps. 😉

With the roasted potatoes and slightly over-steamed (in other words, delicious) broccoli, it was a very satisfying meal.

DSCN7292Mmm.

Relaxation

Tea–Easy Now by Traditional Medicinals, in my “C” mug that my sister-in-law Jenny gave me for Christmas!  TM has a tea for almost any ailment you could imagine, and I generally turn to them before medicine, for better or worse 😉  Their Throat Coat tea is nothing short of miraculous.  Easy Now contains lavender and chamomile, among other herbs, and definitely helps me relax.

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Bubble Bath–Who doesn’t love a hot bath?  Don’t answer that;  I’m sure there are people who aren’t into that.  I’m not one of those people.

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Bubble bath, tea, magazine… perfect.

It’s good to be alone sometimes.  Especially while blogging, when your husband is a super rational, get-things-done kind of guy–

“Why did you take a picture of your tea? <Sigh.> We are raising up a generation of complete egotists.”

Who, me? 😉

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