Dining In for Healthy Families with Aztec Pork

Sharing meals together is important, but it is not always easy. This is exactly why the National Onion Association is proud to support Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families on December 3rd. And, for the occasion we’re sharing our recipe for Aztec Pork, a flavor-filled, healthy dish the whole family can enjoy making and eating.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day (FCS) was chosen in part to honor the founder of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ellen Swallow Richards. Her birthday was December 3rd.

From busimage001y farm families, to students, to working professionals, the members of the National Onion Association ask ‘all of you’ to join ‘all of us’ to make the commitment to “Dining In” by preparing and eating a healthy meal together on December 3rd.

Last year, over 127,000 families made the commitment to “Dine In”.  Why not sign up  your family, a group of friends, or your company and be one of the 200,000+ expected to participate this year.

So, what’s for dinner the first Saturday in December?  Aztec Pork, of course! Full of flavor, lean protein, and fresh fruit, Aztec Pork is easy to prepare and ready to eat in an hour.

Aztec Pork Recipe from the National Onion Association

Aztec Pork

Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Yield:  6 servings

2 pork tenderloins, about 3/4 pounds each
10 medium garlic cloves, cut into slivers
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 1/2 cups finely chopped mild onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
Cinnamon and cumin, a few dashes of each
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

For serving:
Warmed corn tortillas
Steamed potatoes, such as red russet or fingerlings
Sliced papaya and banana

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spike tenderloins on all sides with tip of knife to make pockets for garlic slivers. Push garlic into the holes. Place the pork on a baking sheet. Rub meat with chile powder. Roast for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees F in the thickest part of each tenderloin.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Sauté onion in skillet with oil until tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce, chocolate, cinnamon and cumin. Heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Add Tabasco to taste. Serve pork with sauce, accompanied with tortillas, potatoes and fruit.

Aztec Pork Recipe

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association. Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association.

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