Paleo Recipes - Roast Pork Loin

Happy New Year: Tradition, Legumes and Roast Pork Loin

Happy New year…. It’s still January, and even the first half. I feel OK still saying this. Happy New Year!!!

Every year on New Years day growing up we would have a big family dinner. Similar to Christmas, usually around 2 in the afternoon. It would always, ALWAYS, include pork and black eyed peas. I never really knew the history behind it, I just knew it was for “good luck” in the New Year. I have since come to learn that two other traditional components of such a New Year’s feast would be corn bread and collard greens. All of the dishes are eaten together to guarantee a Prosperous New Year. Here is the significance of each dish:

Black Eyed Peas symbolize coins.

Greens represent money.

Cornbread signifies wealth as its the color of gold.

Pork signifies rooting down and moving forward.

There are a few other “lucky foods” one can eat listed here as well.

The big feast no longer occurs, family is too spread out. I do however still cook the same food and share it with myimmediate family. So…. what’s a paleo girl to do… Pass on her black eyed peas come New Year and miss out on prosperity. So far I haven’t been willing to risk it. I make sure I get peas that have been well prepared, I eat a reasonable amount and load up on pork and greens. As for the corn bread, I skipped it this year…

Interested in reading up on beans and legumes in general and how they relate to the paleo diet? Read on. My conclusion is that as long as they are soaked and prepared properly, and you are aware of their high carbohydrate content(sorry, they really are not a protein…) all is well. I’ve been craving some lentils for a long time… One of these days I’m going to soak a big batch and make the recipe from the Moosewood cookbook.

Read up on soaking your beans and why if prepared correctly they really are ok:

Interested in how I roast my pork loins? Simply… Please note, I am not recreating the wheel here. This is not a “recipe”. Just a quick list on how I cook this meat…

Simple Roast Pork Loin

  • Place pork loins on counter to bring to room temperature
  • Heavily Salt and Pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Roast with a meat thermometer to 160 degrees
  • Pull from oven and allow to rest for 20+ minutes

As for my black eyed peas, I usually melt some bacon fat, sautee an onion then toss the legumes in for a few minutes. They have already been steamed so it’s pretty staright forward.


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