Bacon Maple Pork Tenderloin

WOW WOW WOW!  This recipe from Paleo Leap is soooo good!  And as an added bonus it is quick!  The whole family loved it.

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 8 to 10 slices good-quality bacon
  • 4 tbsp. maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Rub the entire surface of the pork tenderloin with the spice mixture.
  4. Wrap the tenderloin with the bacon strips, securing with cooking twine if necessary.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, applesauce, and Dijon mustard.
  6. Melt some cooking fat in a oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Brown the tenderloin on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  8. Brush the tenderloin generously with the maple syrup mixture, and place in the oven.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until it reaches your desired doneness, basting with the remaining sauce once in a while.
  10. Let the meat rest 5 minutes before slicing.
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Bacon-Wrapped Honey-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Credit for this recipe goes to You Hunt, I gather.  LOVE the flavor and it is soooo easy!!!  A kid favorite too!
 
8 Chicken Thighs
16 Pieces of Bacon (2 pieces per thigh)
1/3 Cup of Raw Honey
1/3 Cup of Spicy Brown Mustard
1/2 Tbsp. Hot Sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot)
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper, to taste
 
1. Preheat your oven to 375. 
2. Rinse your chicken thighs under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Line them up in an oven-safe baking dish, skin side up.  (I used skinless thighs which worked just as well.)
4. Salt and pepper the skins.  (I didn’t add any salt – figured the bacon was salty enough, but it’s your preference here).
3. Grab a piece of bacon and begin wrapping each piece of chicken making sure the skin side is up so that the bacon ends end up on the bottom. You can squeeze the thighs together a little bit (almost folding them in half) so they can be wrapped snugly then place them back in your dish. I used two pieces of bacon per thigh.  You can never have too much bacon!  
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard, hot sauce and garlic powder until well combined. (I left out the hot sauce to ensure they stayed “kid friendly”).
5. With a pastry brush, cover your thighs using half of the honey-mustard sauce. Don’t worry about basting the bottoms. The juices start flowing and there’s plenty of flavor. 
6. Bake for 20 minutes.
7. Baste the thighs again and let them go another 20 minutes. 
8. Turn your broiler on and let them crisp up for 5-10 minutes. 

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

This is what I’m craving for tonight – an easy and tasty dish from Practical Paleo!

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PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 60 minutes
YIELD: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat or grass-fed butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated or finely diced
  • 1/2 lb ground veal or beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 ounces (1/2 small can) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional, – you may replace with beef broth if you feel you need to add some liquid)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise so that two shallow halves remain. Scoop out the seeds and inner portion of the squash, and then sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Place both halves face down on a baking sheet. Roast for 35-45 minutes—until the flesh of the squash becomes translucent in color and the skin begins to soften and easily separate from the “noodles” that make up the inside.
  • Allow the squash to cool enough so that you can handle it, and then scoop the flesh out from the inside of the skin into a large serving bowl. Set aside until the sauce is finished.
  • While the squash bakes: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the bacon fat or butter, and sautée the onions, carrots, and celery until they become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the ground veal, pork, and bacon, and cook until browned through. Once the meat is done, add the coconut milk, tomato paste, and white wine (optional), and simmer over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the sauce is well combined and any alcohol is cooked out (if you added it).
  • Add sea salt and black pepper to taste before removing the sauce from the heat.
  • Serve over the roasted spaghetti squash.