Pork tenderloin is a great workweek main course because, unlike a pork roast, it doesn’t take very long to cook.
Baked Pork Tenderloin
1 or 2 pork tenderloins (each tenderloin will feed 2 people)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 carrots per person, sliced (optional)
5 dried apricots per person (optional)
additional tablespoon olive oil (if adding carrots and apricots)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking dish.
Pierce tenderloins all over with a fork. Rub oil onto all sides of the meat.
Whisk together Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and smoked paprika. Spread seasoning mixture onto cutting board. Roll tenderloin in seasoning, coating the meat on all sides. Place in prepared baking dish. Drizzle orange juice over top of tenderloin.
Optional: Toss sliced carrots and dried apricots with a tablespoon of olive oil and arrange around the tenderloin.
Bake 25-35 minutes until outside is browned and crispy and center cooked through.
Spoon juices from the dish over the meat. Cover with foil and let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing into 1” pieces. Spoon remaining juices over the slices.