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Recipe for Sweet & Smoky "Pork and Beans"


(Family Features) Warm Dishes to Soothe the Senses and Satisfy the Soul - The desire for favorite dishes to soothe the mind, heart and taste buds is one of the trends identified in the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2011, an annual glimpse of the tastes and trends that will define the year ahead.

"It's no surprise that people crave foods that are soothing and warming - what's interesting is that people are also seeking an added layer of fun and flavor to up their level of satisfaction with every bite," said Larry Tong, McCormick chef.  "What this means is that bolder and more complex flavors, like the combination of sweet and smoky or an unexpected twist on a traditional dish, are making food more thrilling than ever before."

While we appreciate the feel-good aspects of comfort foods, we desire more intense flavors to satisfy our changing preferences and palates Want to redefine an American classic? How about Caramelized Honey and Adzuki Red Beans? Adzuki beans - small, deep red-colored legumes with a sweet, nutty flavor - are commonly used in Japanese cooking and are quickly becoming the hottest new bean in town. This pairing adds a modern touch to Sweet and Smoky "Pork and Beans" as caramelized honey-glazed pork tenderloin is served on a bed of adzuki beans and tomatoes.

For more information, delicious recipes and tips to experience the latest flavor trends, visit www.flavorforecast.com.



Recipe for Sweet & Smoky "Pork and Beans"


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Billy Bee Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Collection Smoked Paprika, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Collection Garlic Powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Coarse Grind Black Pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix honey, fish sauce, lime juice, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Brush pork with glaze.
  2. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until desired doneness, brushing with glaze halfway through cooking time. Let pork stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, remaining 1/2 teaspoon each smoked paprika and garlic powder, ginger, sea salt and pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Gently stir in beans. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Slice pork on an angle into thin slices and serve over bean mixture. Garnish with green onions.

Serves
Makes 6 servings

Preparation Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
40 minutes










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Add Legumes to Your Diet

Do you incorporate legumes into your everyday diet? Many people overlook them, although they are extremely healthy and offer plenty of benefits. Legumes are a type of vegetable. They’re low in fat and have no cholesterol

Legumes are a great source of potassium, iron, folate, magnesium, and protein. In fact, they’re a healthy alternative to meat since meats usually have much more cholesterol and fat.

There are many ways that you can start putting legumes into your diet, because they’re a versatile class of vegetables. You can use them to create amazing casseroles and soup dishes; this is perfect for the chilly winter months.

Instead of serving store-bought dips at your next dinner party that don’t offer any health benefits, try out a new recipe for dips featuring your favorite legume. They’re also wonderful additions to any salad.

There are many types of legumes, meaning that you could eat them everyday without getting bored with them. If you need some ideas as to some of the different legumes available, here is a sampling of what you can usually find in your grocery store:


* Chickpeas - These are sometimes referred to as Garbanzos, garbanzo beans, or ceci beans.
* Red kidney beans
* Adzuki beans - These are sometimes called field peas, azuki beans, red oriental beans, or asuki beans.
* Black-eyed peas - These are sometimes called cherry beans, frijoles, Indian peas, or cowpeas.
* Black beans - These are sometimes called black Spanish beans or Venezuelan beans.

Some of the larger ones, like the chickpeas, need to be soaked in water before actually cooking them. This is to rehydrate them and prepare them for even cooking.

To reduce the intestinal gas that is often produced after eating legumes, you should discard the water they soaked in before cooking them and change the water out a few times during the cooking process.

by:Steve Charles
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