Food Fix Meal (IRON): Garlic Peppercorn Pork Loin with Spinach & Bacon
This Meal is POWER-PACKED with Iron and cooked and combined with optimal absorption of the nutrients!
Nutrition RX: Iron, lean protein, Vitamin C and Vitamin A
Cooking techniques matter when trying to keep the nutrients in the food.
Choose lean meats and pork for highest iron content- when choosing poultry choose chicken legs and thighs instead of breasts- tastier and better for you! For this meal I chose an already brined raw ( plastic package) from Trader Joe's you can always buy a loin that has not been brined and do it yourself with whatever marinade you would like and keep in fridge for at least 2-4 hours.
Sear Pork Loin on stovetop on a hot pan to seal in juices for about 15-30 seconds until you see nice golden color or brown crust. Take the pork loin and put on sheet pan and into 375 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes- slice mid point of loin to check that it is not raw but don't overcook either. Marinated pork loin is the most moist. Let it rest for about 25 min
Bacon- I used Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon- cook in frying pan until crispiness is achieved - drain fat and let bacon sit on a napkin for a bit to pat a bit more of the fat
Spinach - In same pan that the bacon was cooked in but with fat drained from it quickly sautee the spinach - literally one minute- do not lose color form that spinach and overcook because you will lose vitamins too!
Food Nerd Tip: If you use a cast iron pan in this process- the pan will add more iron to the food!
Garlic Pepper Pork Loin with Spinach and Bacon--when plating this for yourself, add an entire 8oz bag of spinach and squeeze some lemon on it once it is plated.
FoodNerd Tip: adding lemon juice (absorbic acid) to spinach it allows more absorption of the non-heme iron in the spinach!