Monday, August 9, 2010

Spicy apricot Asian pork tenderloin

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!  I’ve got a crazy few days ahead and need some patience, confidence, and good time management to pull it all off.  I know I can do it though! 

For dinner tonight, I threw together a new pork tenderloin dish.

Spicy Apricot Asian Pork Tenderloin

  • low-sugar apricot preserves (about ½ a cup)
  • ~2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2-3 Tbls Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • ½ tsp dry ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder (more if you like it spicy!)
  • Pork tenderloin (you could use any meat or tofu, I’m sure!)

Combine all ingredients on the stove over medium heat until they’re well mixed together and bubbly.  Remove from heat and let it cool slightly, then pour into a pan or ziploc bag on top of pork tenderloin.  Let it marinate a few hours in the fridge (I only got to marinate them for about 4 hours…I might even attempt to do it overnight next time) and then cook in the oven or on the grill.  If you don’t have a lot of time to marinate it, make some extra marinade and baste it while it cooks.

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I mixed up some more of the apricot preserves with spicy brown mustard and soy sauce as a dipping sauce.  Definitely some tasty flavor combinations going on in this one!

Tonight I went to a Zumba class with my friend Deidra at her YMCA across town.  I was a little nervous since I had never been to that branch, but it was fun!  I’m used to a huge class in a dance-type studio with mirrors and bright lights, and this facility reminded me of a rustic summer camp.  There were only a few of us in the class, and everyone knew each other!  I find I rarely talk to people in my classes…I’m shy at the gym!  I’m trying to branch out of my comfort zones lately, so it was great to mix up my exercise routine with a good friend.

Do you like exercising in out-of-the-ordinary situations?  Do you regularly look for ways to change your routines?  Do you strike up conversations with people at the gym or keep to yourself?