Always on the hunt for meal ideas that are delicious, filling and generally healthy, I’ve been trying to find creative ways to mix protein and vegetables without adding too much fat or delicious carbs into the equation. I’ve also been super busy lately working on a cool start-up that I’ll tell you more about in a future post. I needed something that I could prep and let it just cook itself while I was checking emails and having Skype meetings. The fact that this is a one-dish meal just makes the clean-up even easier! I came up with this easy-peasy dinner because, as often happens, I needed to use up the produce left in the vegetable drawer. The fennel and Brussels sprouts both caramelize quite nicely, and the mushrooms add that great umami flavor. I suppose you could make this without the bacon, but really, why would you want to? With less than a strip of bacon per serving, the bacon wrapped pork loin gets really great flavor for, in my book, a reasonable number of calories.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Mushrooms
- 1 pork loin (just a lb will easily make 3 servings)
- 4 strips of bacon
- 1 bag of Brussels sprouts, cut in half
- 1 head of fennel, sliced
- 1 dry pint cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Season pork loin with salt and pepper and cut into 3 pieces.Slice 1 strip of bacon into 3 pieces. Wrap each piece of pork loin with 1 strip of bacon. Fill in any gaps with 1/3 strip of bacon on each piece.Add Brussels sprouts, and fennel to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil.Add mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.Heat large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add a dash of olive oil. Add vegetables and sauté for 7-8 minutes, until they begin to soften and fennel begins to caramelize. Move vegetables to the sides, and arrange pork loin in center of pan, bacon seam down. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flip to brown the other side of the pork, stirring vegetables to prevent burning, and cook for another 8-10 minutes or so.Plate up this delicious, healthy, super simple meal and dig in!