New year, new you. Why not new pork? 

So many times New Year's resolutions include eating healthy and preparing meals at home. Sounds like a great plan to us. Pork is a wonderful addition to your healthy diet with six cuts considered "extra lean" by government standards. Want more nutrition info? Press here. But make sure to check out these recipes first.  

Fruited pork tenderloin salad

Ingredients: 
  • 1 PORK TENDERLOIN, CUT INTO STIR-FRY STRIPS
  • 1/4 CUP GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
  • 2 TABLESPOONS RED WINE VINEGAR
  • 1 TABLESPOON VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1 TEASPOON POPPY SEED
  • 2 TEASPOONS HONEY
  • 1 TEASPOON DIJON-STYLE MUSTARD
  • 2 TEASPOONS VEGETABLE OIL
  • 6 CUPS MIXED GREENS
  • 2 SMALL RED GRAPEFRUIT, PEELED AND SECTIONED
  • 1 1/2 CUPS SEEDLESS GRAPES, HALVED
Directions:
In small bowl whisk together grapefruit juice, vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, poppy seed, honey and mustard until well blended; set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork strips; cook about 3 minutes or until pork is lightly browned.

On each of four dinner plates place 1 1/2 cups greens, top with pork strips and arrange grapefruit sections, grapes and strawberries around pork. Spoon dressing over salads. 


Easy roasted pork tenderloin 


Ingredients:
  • 8 BONELESS PORK LOIN CHOPS, CUT 1/4-INCH THICK AND TRIMMED (10 TO 12 OUNCES TOTAL)
  • 4 TABLESPOONS APRICOT PRESERVES
  • 2 TABLESPOONS DIJON-STYLE MUSTARD
  • NONSTICK COOKING SPRAY
  • 8 SLICES COUNTRY WHEAT BREAD, 1/2-INCH THICK
  • 3 TABLESPOONS MARGARINE, SOFTENED
  • 1 GRANNY SMITH APPLE, CORED AND SLICED 1/8-INCH THICK
  • 4 OUNCES SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, REDUCED-FAT (MADE WITH 2% MILK/FAT FREE), THINLY SLICED
Directions:
In a small bowl, combine apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, cook pork chops for 2 to 3 minutes or until internal temperature of pork reaches 145 degrees F., turning pork chops over halfway through cooking. Remove from pan and set aside 3 minutes.

Drain pan of juices and scrape bits from bottom of pan with metal spatula. Wipe pan dry with paper towels..
To assemble sandwiches, spread one side of each slice of bread with about 1 teaspoon margarine. Place bread slices, buttered sides down on clean cutting board. Spread unbuttered sides with apricot-mustard mixture. On half of the bread slices, layer pork, apple and cheese. Place remaining bread slices on top, buttered sides up, to form sandwiches.

Meanwhile, preheat skillet over medium heat. Place the 2 sandwiches in skillet without a Panini press. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Repeat cooking remaining 2 sandwiches.

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The new Dietary Guidelines have been released 

If you are interested in learning what the newest Dietary Guidelines look like according to the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services look no further! These are the guidelines that shape what is served in publicly funded food programs at schools, retirement communities and hospitals. Every five years the two agencies switch-off taking the lead in re-vamping the guidelines and pumping new life into how we look at the most important aspect of our foods. 

About Oklahoma Pork Council

The Oklahoma Pork Council, a producer organization consisting of Oklahoma pork producers, represents the interests of all pork producers. Partially funded by federally collected Pork Checkoff dollars, okPORK promotes pork and pork products, funds research, and educates consumers and producers about the pork industry. For more information about this or any other programs of the Oklahoma Pork Council visit www.okpork.org or call 1.405.232.3781.

 
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