Cheezy Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

Last night’s dinner was inspired by a bottle of raspberry flavoured balsamic vinegar that was gifted to me at Christmas time. (Thanks mom!) The combination of flavours in this dish is very pleasing. Sweet and sour is often paired with pork and for very good reason. I added some herbed Boursin cheese for additional flavour which I think works perfectly with this dish.

Grab your favourite lager and I trust you will enjoy this dish as much as I did!


What You Need:

Alberta pork loin
1 package Boursin cheese (I used garlic and fine herbs)
asparagus sprigs 6-8
Approx. 1/2 cup Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4-1/3 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
your favourite spice

To Prepare:

Here is a good illustration on how to stuff a pork loin:

NOTE: You could easily add some fresh greens, parsley or onion to the cheese mixture, however I just kept it very simple.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow the steps from the link above to stuff the loin. Add olive oil to med sized fry pan. Brown pork on both sides and transfer to the oven. Cook for approximately 30-35 mins or until desired internal cooking temp is reached.

Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan add raspberry balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and water. Gently bring to a boil stirring continuously until slightly thickened. DO NOT BURN. Pour a little of the balsamic reduction to the pork and finish roasting.

Wash asparagus spears and prepare by breaking off the dry ends. Lightly cook in steamer or sauté in small fry pan with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

Serve pork tenderloin over asparagus and pour on the remaining glaze. Enjoy!

Recipe: Breakfast Nachos with Bacon

Who doesn’t love nachos? This hearty and nutritious dish is sure to be enjoyed with family or friends. And well, it’s just perfect any mealtime!

Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants and quite high in Beta Carotene. (a precursor to Vitamin A) They are also prized for being low on the glycemic index meaning they help to slow the release of glucose in the blood. So for anyone wanting to get healthier this year, you should consider adding this delicious root veggie to your meal  plan.

Breakfast Nachos

What You Need

1-2 Large sweet potatoes
1 Large onion
1 sweet bell pepper
1 zucchini
1/2 package of Alberta pork bacon
2 farm fresh eggs (or more if desired)
1 cup eggs whites (for a lighter version)
small block of quality cheese (I used old white cheddar)
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley

What To Do

  1. Chop veggies (you can use whatever you have on hand) and slice sweet potato into thin slices. Set veggies aside for now and arrange potato slices on parchment paper lined baking sheet as you would nachos. Sprinkle them lightly with olive oil. Bake at 375 F for approximately 20 mins depending on thickness.
  2. While the potatoes are baking, chop bacon and add the veggie mixture to a medium sized fry pan. Sauté for about 10 mins on med heat or until bacon is cooked. Remove and set aside.
  3. Scramble eggs along with egg whites and lightly fry in the same pan used for cooking veggies and bacon. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven while arranging the veggies along with the eggs on to the potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Bake again for a couple minutes, enough to melt cheese.
  5. Remove and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with your favourite salsa. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy:  Wildheart Fitness & Nutrition


Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Sauce

pork tenderloin bbq

Pork month may have ended but my passion for pork certainly has not. This past weekend we entertained around twenty guests at our home in celebration of Canada Day and, well… BBQ SEASON! It’s always good day when I have an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. But catching up with good friends and sharing laughs with amazing food is what summer is all about, right?

When I was choosing what to serve, my inspiration for this dish actually came from one of our Calgary chef’s pork month specials which included apricots. Pork tenderloin is always a great choice because it cooks up easy, is very nutritious and super tender. This spice combination has a delicate balance of flavour. The bacon contributes more flavour and saltiness while finishing with a warm apricot reduction, I think completes this dish with a perfect zesty sweetness. So… here is my recipe, please eat responsibly! (if you can)

carrie mullaly



This recipe is for two pork tenderloins, approximately one pound each.
*Note: I am dressing a whole tenderloin in the photo above. 


1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/4 tsp ground allspice

pinch himalayan sea salt
TIP *Because the bacon adds salt, I used very little additional salt. 


1/2 package sliced bacon of choice
*I used side bacon. 


8- 10 fresh apricots

1-2 tbsp honey or granulated sugar

1 tbsp olive oil


Mix all the spices for the rub in a small bowl. Set aside.

Preheat barbecue grill to low-medium – medium heat.

Clean and trim off excess connective tissue from tenderloin(s) if needed. 

Using your hand, rub the spice mixture evenly across the meat until all of the meat is covered on one side. Roll the tenderloin(s) and continue to rub the spice mixture until it is completely covered.

Next, take individual bacon slices and wrap them around tenderloin(s) slightly overlapping each section. Leave approximately 1 inch on both ends of the loin uncovered.

Wrap the loins in tinfoil and barbecue on medium heat, turning once until internal temperature is just under 71 degrees. (68 or so degrees) Remove and let stand for 3-5 mins. 

While the meat is cooking, prepare the apricots by pitting and slicing them into even pieces. Add them to a medium skillet with the olive oil. 

Sauté apricots on medium heat until tender. Add the sweetener and simmer on low for several minutes. The sauce should be slightly thickened and chunky. 

Slice the tenderloin and serve immediately with warm apricot sauce.