Pork - the superfood

2016-05-25 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Gram for gram, pork fillet has less fat than a chicken breast.

PHOTO:supplied Gram for gram, pork fillet has less fat than a chicken breast.

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I SIMPLY love this time of the year - Maritzburg at its best. What a great time to braai. Lunch time (perfect weather) early evening (slightly chilly) dinner time (pull out the jackets and keep warm by the fire) Perfect whatever your timing. I want to share with you an under-rated, underexposed, most delicious piece of meat to braai - pork fillet.

Firstly pork is a superfood

It’s true, pork really is the other white meat. Gram for gram, pork fillet has less fat than a chicken breast. And food scientists are finding ways to make it leaner and leaner. For the record pork is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including thiamine, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus and iron.

Way to prepare and braai pork fillets.

As many pork fillets as you may require.

Cheddar, mozzarella, Gouda or Tussers­, grated

Hot English or mild French mustard

Enough streaky bacon to wrap around the pork fillets

Freshly ground black pepper

Take your pork fillet in hand and cut almost through to the other side, horizontally

Mix the mustard and cheese of choice and spread across the centre of the pork fillet

Press closed

Now take pieces of the streaky bacon­ and wrap around the pork fillet, continue wrapping the streaky bacon around the fillet until it is completely covered with the bacon.

Braai for about 10 minutes each side. Let the pork stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Creamy mustard sauce to serve with the braaied pork

3 TBSP of butter,

1 TBSP Dijon mustard,

1 cup fresh cream

salt to taste,

squeeze of lemon juice,

1 tsp xylitol or 1 TBSP honey or 1 tsp sugar.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 2-3 minutes until reduced to a creamy consistency.

Another delicious way to braai pork fillet

As many pork fillets as you require

fresh lemons

olive oil (at least double the amount of lemon juice)

fresh garlic

lots of freshly ground pepper and salt

crush as much fresh garlic as you require

zest of a couple of lemons

lemon juice of those lemons

whisk together with olive oil

freshly ground black pepper and salt

Pour over the pork fillets and marinate for at least 30 minutes

Braai for about 20 minutes and allow to stand for 10 minutes before slicing

Nutty sauce to serve with pork fillet

200ml coconut milk,

6 tsps peanut butter,

tsp fresh ginger (grated)

1 TBSP soy sauce,

1 tsp dried freshly ground chilli, or 1 fresh chilli finely chopped, no seeds.

Juice of 1 lemon or lime.

Handful of fresh coriander.

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Place the blended ingredients into a pot. Bring almost to the boil and allow to thicken. Spoon over braaied pork fillet.

• Tracy Paxton is the owner of AbsFood and is passionate about health and wellness. She is a qualified personal trainer and wellness coach and is certified in food preparation. As an enthusiastic sports woman, wife, and mother of four, she believes there is a strong correlation between food and happiness. Tracy’s goal is make nutritious, delicious and ready-to-eat meals accessible to all homes in the Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, encourage people to make better choices about food and to produce better tasting food. Check out her website www.absfood.co.za for a selection of ready-to-eat meals.

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