Roasted maple-mustard pork tenderloin makes for a hands-off, delicious dinner!
Sometimes I need both my hands for something else at dinnertime.
Tricky, but not impossible. I’ve made many a dinner while holding a baby (even once while nursing a baby) and of course, like you, I’m adept at balancing a cocktail or wine glass while moving pans and stirring pots.
But there’s always days when you really need your dinner to take care of itself. No attention required. Unlike some little ones I might have nipping at my ankles! Plus, who can’t use another great, go-to pork recipe?
Pork tenderloin makes such a delicious and healthy entree. I always buy them on sale and end up with 4. (It’s buy one, get one and each is a package of two.) I use one right away and save the others in my freezer. (Just trim the fat, get her cleaned up, wrap in plastic wrap and wrap again in aluminum foil. Label and pop in your freezer so it’s ready to go another night.)
This maple-mustard pork is a quick and easy way to prepare tenderloins, and it turns out delicious every time!
I’ve used fresh thyme here but I’ve also made this with dried thyme, since I always have it in my pantry. (See notes below.)
You could also substitute rosemary. It’s pretty forgiving, which is why I go back to this recipe again and again.
As you can see, I like to serve it with roasted sweet potatoes and roasted veggies. They all cook in the oven at 400 degrees so it works well to just add a few more pans. It’s a fix it and forget it type of meal. 👍
Below the recipe I’ve included the game plan if you want to do this whole combo.
And while everything’s cooking away for you in the oven, you’re left to twiddle your thumbs. Or pour another drink. Or pick up children and toys and tissues of unknown origin…
And then dinner is served. Look ma, no hands!
Here’s the game plan for making the maple-mustard pork tenderloin plus sweet potatoes and roasted veggies:
Preheat the oven to 400.
Wash, peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper and put in the oven once it’s to temperature. They will roast for 30-40 minutes total. It’s nice to have wiggle room.
After you’ve started the sweet potatoes in the oven, get the pork ready. Mix the mustard mixture and slather it on the pork in the pan.
Next, chop the remaining veggies (use whatever you have in your fridge – mushrooms, zucchini, squash, peppers, onion, etc.) and get them on another pan. Season with olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
Once the sweet potatoes have been in for about 10-15 minutes, give them a little shake and put the pork and the veggies in the oven. In about 20-25 minutes, dinner is served. Go have a glass of wine while you wait. 😊