Monday, January 19, 2009

This is one of my favorite Sunday dinners... just thought I would share... I cheat on the pork loin however....I buy the marinated lemon garlic one from walmart $7.84 and shake on a little cumin... but the salad is my favorite! I love sweet potatoes and beans, it's a new combination but so yummy... especially with the citrus dressing..... you should try it! (*that one's for you Lisa!! :)

Serves 4
3 pounds center-cut boneless pork loin
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus 1 teaspoon, divided
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound total), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime), plus wedges for serving
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Preheat oven to 450, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. Place pork on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub with 1 teaspoon oil; season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Roast on upper rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of meat registers 145 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and cover loosely with aluminum foil; let rest about 10 minutes. (Slice off 1/3 of meat and refrigerate.)
About 15 minutes after pork has begun roasting, place sweet potatoes on another rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with red-pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Roast on lower rack, until tender, tossing once during cooking, 25 to 35 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk lime juice with remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Add sweet potatoes, beans, onion, and, if using, cilantro; mix gently to combine. Thinly slice pork, and serve with salad and lime wedges.

What should we do today?

After Parent Teacher Conference last week, Sadie's teacher reminded me that my little 2nd grader could use some practice in the skill of counting money... so... on this "the King's Birthday"... as Sadie thought it was (aka Martin Luther King Jr. Day) we decided to pull out the change mug...

so how much do you think we have? and what can we do with such loot? Mason votes bowling... Sadie votes split it up and go on a shopping spree with approximately $4.05 each, Nick wants to do whatever Mason wants to do. So, we'll see....

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