We had some friends over for dinner the other night- friends who are dubious of all things paleo, low carb, or generally healthy in any sense, but who are always trying the latest fad diets. No matter how outlandish, they'll try it, hoping for a quick-fix (and I think the kookier the diet, the more they like it).
Last time they had over, they were on the juice fast.
That was the day I learned I really, really don't like drinking kale.
They've had almost no success with weightloss, and are always looking for the next great thing. But they are constantly putting down almost any tried-and-true weightloss method. I try, really hard, to not push my lifestyle beliefs in other people's faces- after all, we all have to find our own path- but I get kind of tired of the constant belittling of our grain-free happiness.
So, in my own passive-agressive way, I put my before-and-after pic on the fridge, made a kick-ass dinner- totally paleo- and sat back and smirked (in the most subtle way, of course) as they raved over the food.
That's how I roll.
I started with a pork loin that I sliced and butterflied. It looks a little funky, but it allows the marinade to really penetrate and shortens the cooking time.
The marinade was simply olive oil, orange juice, fish sauce, garlic and ginger. I mixed it up, tossed it in a Ziploc bag with the pork loin for about 4 hours.
As the grill heated, I boiled sliced sweet potatoes and red potatoes for about 6 minutes, or until they were just starting to soften. I also made the sauce for the pork- honey, orange juice, fish sauce, garlic, and ginger, simmered in a saucepan.
I cooked the pork loin over medium heat for about 10 minutes, then added the potatoes to the grill after brushing each of them with olive oil and sprinkling with garlic powder, pepper, salt, and paprika. I flipped the potatoes once as they cooked and basted the pork frequently with the sauce.
Did it change our guests' minds about paleo? Probably not, and that's okay. We're not out to change the world and make everyone else better…we're only worried about changing ourselves.
And I can't think of a better way to do it.
Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Loin
1 3lb pork loin
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fish sauce
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/3 cup honey
juice of 1/2 orange
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Slice pork loin evenly, making 3 or 4 cuts, 3/4 of the way through.
Combine marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag, and add pork loin.
Marinate 3-6 hours.
Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer,t hen reduce heat to low.
Cook loin over medium heat approx. 10 minutes.
Baste with sauce, and continue cooking, basting frequently, until pork is done (10-20 minutes).
4 red potatoes
1 large sweet potato
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Slice potatoes into rounds 3/4" thick.
Place in a suacepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and boil 6 minutes.
Combine paprika, chili powder, salt, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and cumin in a small bowl and set aside.
Brush potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning, and place oiled/seasoned side down on the grill.
Brush the other side with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning.
Cook 4-5 minutes of medium heat, and flip; continue cooking until done.