Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thai Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad-now that’s a mouthful right? No, that really is a mouthful. This meal is a romantic meal in the books! Happy #FreshTastyValentines!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Have you ever been out to one of those fancy Thai restaurants? The ones with the dim lights and the fish tanks everywhere? Where even their mango sticky rice is shaped like some kind of exotic animal or swan. (Notice my rice shaped like Valentine’s hearts.) Well, when I made this meal with the help from our friends at Gourmet Garden, that is exactly what I had in mind.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I used all the Thai flavors from my Gourmet Garden stir in pastes that I could cram into the most tender of pork loin roasts. Crunchy peanuts, sweet basil, spicy ginger, red peppers, and bright lemon grass are blended into a fresh thai pesto that is stuffed into a butterflied pork tenderloin, then spread over the outside to create a crisp flavor packed crust. When the loin is sliced the flavors burst into each bite. And the ginger honey glaze adds the final balance of sweet to the richness.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Gourmet Garden supplies the freshest stir in pastes and lightly dried herbs that make this meal complete. The ginger pieces in the homemade dressing for the salad make it light and refreshing. My husband happily polished off the whole bowl.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The coconut lime rice ties the meal together, however no herbs or stir in pastes were needed there. This recipe may seem overwhelming, but it is simple and delicious. I used my convection oven to speed up the cooking process, but if you have a couple hours on a Sunday evening for a romantic meal, please try this one. You’ll truly appreciate what our friends at Gourmet Garden can do for your meals! You can find their products at your local grocery store. Or you can enter to win a generous prize package of all their stir in pastes and lightly dried herbs, along with two insulated coolers in the giveaway below!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Here we go…

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Hello Gourmet Garden!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pesto in the making!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Look at that gorgousness!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Searing in the flavor!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ready for roasting!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Dressing anyone?

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My newest Jr. Sous Chef.

 

And don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 668 calories

Fat 32 g

Carbs 68 g

Protein 31 g

8


Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad

Ingredients

    For the Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

  • One cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden Thai stir in paste
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden sweet basil stir in paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic stir in paste
  • 2 Tb canola oil
  • 1-2 Tb fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • For the Coconut Lime Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 13oz can lite coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pink sea salt
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime
  • For the Ginger Orange Salad

  • 4 cups green leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro
  • 1 -2 tsp Gourmet Garden lightly ginger
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger stir in paste
  • 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic stir in paste
  • 2 Tb low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • juice of half orange
  • zest of half orange
  • 3 Tb honey
  • For the Honey Ginger Glaze

  • juice of one large orange
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger stir in paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden lemongrass stir in paste
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb cornstarch
  • 2 Tb cold water
  • dash sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the pork tenderloin. Lay on a flat surface and slice into the roast lengthwise to create a pouch. In a food processor, combine all the pesto ingredients using only 2 Tb of the oil. Carefully spread the pesto into the loin. Close the loin carefully and secure with kitchen twine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat, then add the remaining 1 Tb canola oil. Sear the loin on all sides, collecting all pesto that may have leaked out and smearing it on the outsides to create a crust. Transfer the roast to a foil lined roasting pan.
  4. Bake uncovered at 425F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375F and bake for 40-60 minutes more, until internal temperature reaches 170F. Remove from oven to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice by combining the rinsed and drained rice, water, coconut milk, lime zest and sea salt and set your rice cooker. Or bring to a boil in a sauce pan, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 20-30 minutes. When the rice is tender, fluff with a fork and stir in the lime juice.
  6. For the salad, combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or dressing bottle and shake well. Combine the lettuces and orange slices in a large bowl and set aside.
  7. For the pork loin glaze, bring the orange juice, lime juice, honey and seasonings to a low simmer over medium low heat. Whisk together cornstarch and cold water and add to juice and honey mixture. Simmer until slightly thickened into a light glaze. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste.
  8. To serve, slice the roast and drizzle with 1-2 Tb glaze. Serve with 2/3 cup rice and 2 cups salad.

This post was sponsored by Gourmet Garden. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Simple Herb and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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My famished fish are pork chop fanatics. We all really enjoy “the other white meat”. So when I made some fluffy Pumpkin Sage Quinoa for my fall comfort food mood, I knew a juicy cut of pork with some flavorful filling would be a perfect match.

I love the simplicity of starting pork chops out on the stove and popping them in the oven until they are nice and tender.

For these Herb and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops I used these ingredients.

2.25 lbs boneless pork chops
1/3 cup pesto sauce
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 400F.

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut into side of each pork chop to form a deep horizontal pocket.  Do not cut all the way through.

Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce and sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of crumbles feta cheese inside each “pocket”.

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Admire the nice stacks of stuffed pork before they meet their fiery doom.

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Sprinkle the stuffed pork chops with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Place the pork chops carefully in the hot oil.  Cook for 7 min flip, garnish with sage if desired, and flip over carefully.  Cook  for 1 minute more.

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Transfer the pork chops to a baking sheet and bake until thermometer registers 165F and juices run clear.  About 15 minutes.

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Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Place each pork chop on a bed of quinoa, rice, or mashed potatoes.  Garnish as desired with chopped pine nuts or raw pepitas (pictured below) and enjoy.

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What is your favorite way to serve up pork?

Herb and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 337 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 1 g

Protein 37 g

6


Herb and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 9

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2.25 lbs boneless pork chops
  • 1/3 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut into side of each pork chop to form a deep horizontal pocket. Do not cut all the way through.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce and sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of crumbles feta cheese inside each “pocket”.
  4. Sprinkle the stuffed pork chops with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Place the pork chops carefully in the hot oil.
  6. Cook for 7 min flip, garnish with sage if desired, and flip again carefully.
  7. Cook for 1 minute more.
  8. Transfer the pork chops to a baking sheet and bake until thermometer registers 165F and juices run clear. About 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Notes

Place each pork chop on a bed of quinoa, rice, or mashed potatoes to serve. Garnish as desired with chopped pine nuts or raw pepitas.

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