When we feed our daughter, protein is one of the biggest challenges to have her eat. Alessandra doesn’t like eating chicken very much but we found one of the foods she does like, pork tenderloin. After watching an episode of Alton Brown‘s Good Eats, he demonstrated the benefits and the better tasting pork tenderloin. He was right, and we love to eat pork tenderloin over chicken, including Alessandra. Pork tenderloin is easy to find, but preferably, you can find the cut of pork in the meat section instead of packaged in a vacuum sealed bag with water. This cut is equally high in lean protein but has a better texture.
To prepare the tenderloin have your child salt and pepper the pork according to your tastes and prepare a frying pan on medium high heat with a little oil. Sear each side of the pork tenderloin to brown, and then keep turning the tenderloin to get an internal temperature of 145 degrees. After a short rest, the tenderloin is ready to eat. You can also cook the tenderloin in the oven after you sear it on all sides. Again, when it hits 145 degrees let the pork rest for 5 minutes and serve.
Serve with some rice and vegetables for a well-rounded dinner.
A great side story is when Alessandra was able to see live mangalitsa pigs and was able to pet and feed them. We are fortunate to have access to fresh pork, and it was a privilege to have a farm to table meal.