Cuban Pork Barley Bowl

9

PREP TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

45 min

Makes

4 servings

Cuban Pork Barley Bowl

Photo: Erik Putz

A restaurant-style grain bowl is easy to make at home. With perfectly spiced Cuban pork, tender sweet potatoes and a creamy lime sauce, this recipe will go into weekly rotation.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 450 g pork tenderloin , cut into ¾-in. cubes
  • 1 sweet potato , peeled and cut into ½-in. cubes
  • 4 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 cup no-salt added black beans , drained and rinsed

Chili-Lime Dressing

  • 1 avocado , pitted, peeled and chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro , leaves and stems
  • 3 tbsp lime juice or white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Cook barley following package directions until tender, about 25 min. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk orange and lime juices, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Add pork and stir to coat. Let stand for 15 min.
  • In a blender or food processor, whirl dressing ingredients and ½ cup water until smooth.
  • Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium. Add sweet potato and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 min. Transfer to a plate. Add pork to same frying pan, discarding marinade, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 5 min.
  • Divide barley among four bowls. Top with sweet potato, pork, kale and black beans. Serve with Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Kitchen tip

Store unused dressing in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 669,
  • Protein
  • 36 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 75 g,
  • Fat
  • 27 g,
  • Fibre
  • 13 g,
  • Sodium
  • 285 mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent Summer 2017 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.