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When it comes to my family, this roasted pork loin is a favorite protein choice. When you pair it with these Lemon and Garlic Green Beans you have a meal fit for a king (or our loving families) that falls into my Simple Suppers category.
Simple Suppers are important to me, and I know many of you are busy with life and always looking for beautiful and healthy meals that are not complicated and that won’t break the bank. So in this series, I try to focus on good whole food meals that are easy to prepare and include no special ingredients. This Roasted Pork Loin and Green Bean dish will delight your family and fit nicely into out easy recipe needs.
Our Protein: Pork Loin Roast
I use a cut of pork called a “pork loin roast” that I find on sale at our local grocery store often. I have also found very large ones at Sam’s Club. Lately, I have found them for as low as .99 a pound. That is an amazing price, so when I catch those deals I stock up on them. You can hop over and check out my YouTube Channel where I have started sharing some of those awesome finds.
This cut of pork is very flavorful and needs very little work before going in the oven to roast. I like to season my loin roast with our favorite spices (salt, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary) then sear it on all side in a hot skillet. This helps to seal in the juices when it cooks in the oven. It also adds a nice brown color which makes for a more attractive roast when it is finished.
Place it in a baking dish or dutch oven after it has been browned and roast it uncovered at 375 degrees until your internal temperature reaches 145-155 Mine usually takes about 45 minutes but your oven time may vary. This temperature will lend to a nice juicy pork loin roast with a touch pink, which is safe as long as your meat’s center temp reaches the 145-155 as suggested by the FDA. This roast is much leaner than some and will dry out quickly if you cook it too long.
Our Side: Lemon & Garlic Green Beans
Green beans pair beautifully with the pork and these Lemon & Garlic beans are easy and delicious. Gone are the days of the boring old green beans and in comes the flavor! I like to do this with whole green beans fresh from the garden or produce section but I can’t always find those.
When I can’t find the fresh green beans, I buy whole beans in my grocery store’s freezer section. Most brands these days have those amazing steamer bags, which is nice and easy. You just steam the beans according to the package directions and toss them in a hot skillet with the olive oil.
Next add the red onions, crushed garlic, and lemon juice. I also like to add a pat or two of real butter for more flavor and because everything is better with butter, right? Saute the green beans for about 5-8 minutes or just enough to cook the garlic and onions through but maintaining a tender crunch to the beans. Lastly, remove them from the heat and serve. Your family and guest will think you spent hours cooking for them and there is no reason they have to know that this was such a “simple supper”.
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