Second -- Make your Chimichurri
- 3 large garlic cloves peeled
Place in a blender and pulse to chop.
- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
Strip the leaves from the stems add to blender and pulse to chop.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1/2 lime freshly squeezed
Add to blender and pulse until combined. Pour mixture into a small bowl and then stir in 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper. Cover with plastic and set aside. Do not refrigerate.
Second -- Make the Tomato Cucumber Salad
Pick through the tomatoes and discard those that are shrivelled up, not firm or discolored. Rinse those remaining and slice them in half lengthwise. Place in a medium sized bowl.
Peel the cucumber. Slice crosswise to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut slices into quarters. Add to tomatoes.
Rinse, shake dry and strip leaves from stems. Chop coarsely. Add to tomatoes and cucumbers.
In a separate bowl make your vinaigrette
- level tbsp granulated sugar
Whisk ingredients together. Pour into tomatoes and cucumbers and toss to completely coat vegetables. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Third -- Get Ready to Cook the Rice
Pour into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Immediately lower heat when stock comes to a boil.
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First -- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Fourth -- Get your Tenderloins Ready
Heat 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil in a 12 inch saute pan. When shimmering gently place the tenderloins in the saute pan to brown. Two minutes on each side just to brown the tenderloin is sufficient. Transfer to a roasting pan and place in 400 degree oven. Roast for 20-25 minutes.
Now -- Cook your Rice
- 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
Bring stock back to a boil. Stir in rice. Immediately lower heat to a simmer and cover the pot.
WHOA .... Hold it a Second Here!
No kidding "you don't have to do this". Only Mimi could think that this is a simple "What to Eat Wednesdays Meal". Mimi, did you learn nothing from your Easter "hockey puck" episode? Let's simplify this a little. Rather than tackling the chimichurri how about a simple rub for your pork tenderloin? Then you don't need to mess with the chimichurri and browning the meat. Try this:
- 2 large garlic cloves coarsely chopped
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro coarsely chopped
- pinch of salt and a couple of twists of freshly ground pepper
Mix this rub up. Rub some olive oil on your tenderloins. Then pat them with the rub. Put them in the 400 degree oven to cook. It should take 20-25 minutes. When the temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees it's done.
Hmmm, I see Sue's point. Maybe the chimichurri is a little complicated. If you want to give it a shot, go for it because it's good. But, I think Sue's suggestion will be equally delicious.
Even if you use the Success rice, I suggest you toss it with the following additional ingredients when it is cooked:
- 1 can red beans drained, rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves coarsely chopped
- juice of 1/2 lime freshly squeezed
This is not a lot of effort for a lot of additional flavor.
I suggest that you chop up an avocado and toss it with your tomato cucumber salad. If you are experienced at working with avocadoes, do it.
Well Mimi, here's an idea. Rather than chopping an avocado, buy some pre-made guacamole and serve it along side the salad. Everyone can add to the salad as much or as little as they like to introduce some creamy richness.
Dessert-- I swear this is easy!!!!
Slice to 1/2 inch thickness.
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
Pour into a small saute pan and boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the banana slices and continue to boil for 2 more minutes.
Put a couple of scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream in each bowl. Spoon the banana slices and juice over the ice cream. Enjoy the creamy deliciousness!!!
Excellent suggestion Sue!
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What to Eat Wednesdays
A word on chimichurri. I serve it on everything, chicken, fish, beef or pork. It jazzes everything up. Also, to make your life easier you can make it in a blender or a small food processor. (I enjoy chopping -- yes I'm crazy -- so I do it all by hand. You don't have to do this.)
NOW, don't use long grain rice, buy Success Rice which takes 10 minutes to boil. You can still boil it in stock for flavor but, believe me, it is easier than making sure long grain rice cooks to the right consistency and doesn't end up in a big lump.