Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Asparagus with Peanut Dipping Sauce

In this recipe, half the marinade is used to flavor the meat and vegetables. The other half is whisked with peanut butter to create a tasty dipping sauce -- a fun job that kids can lend a hand with. You can also enlist their help preparing the asparagus: show them how to gently hold an end in each hand and then bend the stalk into an upside-down U until the tough part snaps off.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Asparagus with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Asparagus with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, rinsed and snapped

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

Directions

Directions: 1. Make the marinade by whisking together the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, ginger, garlic, and lemon pepper in a bowl, and reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture in a separate container. 2. Place the asparagus in a ziplock bag and pour in 1/4 cup of the marinade from the bowl. Work the bag gently with your fingers to distribute the marinade. Do the same with the pork tenderloin, using a second ziplock bag and the remaining marinade from the bowl. Let the meat and vegetables marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium-high, and oil the grates. 3. Add the peanut butter to the reserved marinade and whisk the mixture until smooth. 4. Grill the tenderloin for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, rotating it a quarter turn at a time, until the internal temperature registers 145° in the center. Remove the meat from the grill and let it rest for about 5 minutes (the internal temperature will rise to 150°). Meanwhile, grill the asparagus spears for 2 minutes per side. 5. Slice the pork diagonally into 1- to 2-inch slices. It should be juicy and slightly pink inside. Serve the meat and the asparagus with the peanut dipping sauce. Serves 4. Nutritional Information: Per serving: Calories 431 Protein 35g (71% DV) Carbohydrates 14g (5% DV) Total Fat 27g (42% DV) Saturated Fat 6g (31% DV) Cholesterol 75mg (25% DV) Sodium 1141mg (8% DV) Vitamin C (50% DV) Vitamin B6 (38% DV) Vitamin E (21% DV) Vitamin K (85% DV) Iron (16% DV) Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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