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Maple Kissed Pork Medallions


Ok, friends i’m not gonna mislead you here.  This is not a “sexy” blog post.

It’s not cookies, cake, muffins or scones.  I don’t claim to be a Bakerella, Tartlette or Sweetopia. I am Marla and this is MarlaMeridith.com.  Sure, sometimes i’ll give you a recipe for a sugary special occasion treat. Often i’ll give you a recipe for something that tastes like a treat but it is really Superfoods in disguise.  You know, things that taste decadent but won’t add inches to your waist and won’t leave you feeling all groggy.  I call this pork Maple “Kissed” to give it some sweet sex appeal.

Personally, I like to go with a fairly high protein diet filled with loads of veggies, some fruit & whole grains and healthy fats. Synergy & balance is what I’m after.   Do I eat carbs?  Of course, they give me energy.  Fuel to keep going.  Do I eat fat?  Yes again.  How else would I stay satisfyed!  Everything we eat should work together.  Like a puzzle.   My kids go a bit heavier on the dairy and carby thing.  That’s cool.  We all need to do whatever works for us and our bodies.  Some live best doing the raw/vegan thing others char their foods to a crisp.  I fit somewhere in between.  I dig raw, I dig cooked.  Basically I love food.  A lot.  I don’t avoid any food group.  I do limit the things make me feel not so good.

Seafood, chicken, turkey & tofu, that’s my usual lean protein rotation.  Sometimes a little bison or sirloin is thrown into the mix.  I went a bit wild here and purchaesd some pork.  It’s “the other white meat,” right???

Fresh Benefits

Lean Pork Loin

  • Low fat
  • High Protein.
  • Loaded with amino acids, the building blocks of lean muscle.  Helps keep us satisfied.
  • Quick Cooking
  • Lends itself well to all kinds of seasonings.
  • Pork loin is versatile!  It can be used in your favorite chili, casserole, it can top a salad, can be used in a tomato sauce.
  • Slice and dice it in different ways to create different recipes.

Lean Pork is a nice source of potassium as well as all the good for you stuff mentioned above.

For more info on Pork loin click the following links:

Livestrong: Pork Loin Chop Information

Livestrong: Protein Enriched Diet


Maple Kissed Pork Medallions

About 4 Servings

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  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your pork.  More maple syrup, less vinegar?  The choice is yours!  My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation.

1 lb Sliced Pork Loin, trim any visible fat
A dash of the following seasonings:
Cracked Black Pepper
Garlic Salt
1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
a few tbs fresh Rosemary
splash of Olive Oil
splash of Hot Sauce (Tobasco, Chipotle, Habanero, pick your favorite)


  1. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary and hot sauce in a small bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in sauté oan on medium high heat.
  3. Rub pepper, garlic salt and paprika on both sides of pork.
  4. Brown pork in hot sauté pan about 2 minutes each side.
  5. Add maple mixture to pan, bring to a boil & lower heat to medium.  Cook pork through turning a few times for about 3 minutes.  Sauce will thicken a little, but you will have plenty left to spoon over veggies, rice or other grains.


~ Marla Meridith

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14 thoughts on “Maple Kissed Pork Medallions

  1. Marla,

    How did you know? I was thinking pork and wondering about a new marinade or recipe! And voila, (like Christmas for me too) a new recipe waiting for me from my favorite healthy culinary Goddess! Can’t wait to make this. Lucky for me I have tasted some of your fabulous creations and know how yummy your dishes are. Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. Love the photos Marla! Telluride is so beautiful.
    Love the maple touch on the pork medallions, “the other white meat”.
    Great source of protein I don’t always go to first or second or even third. Chicken or fish usually top the list. Good one to remember and you make it so appealing!

  3. The maple and rosemary combo sounds fantastic in this dish, Marla! I’ve got chicken breasts on hand and I bet this recipe would work well with chicken too. I’m in love with that gorgeous pic of the snow kissed mountains!

  4. YUM! These look delicious! Lean pork is wonderful, as you pointed out…I want to eat it more!

    P.S. I’m all registered for BlogHer Food ’10!!! : ) We get to meet in October! Woot!

  5. Telluride. OMG Now I know why it’s your go-to place. Wow. I had no idea it was THAT pretty! The recipe. My husband would love it! Maple anything is awesome!

    Thanks for your lovely comment today…
    Coffee. Gotta get it on.
    Hair…6 mos..? You are clearly not a blonde with roots LOL


    1. Averie: Yes, being a brunette has it’s perks. I can go way too long without going to the salon!

      Faith: Chicken? Why not!! Sounds like a great substitute for the pork.

      Nicole: I am thrilled that we will meet this October. We must discuss details!

      Angie: Cool that you have visited Telluride so you can fully appreciate its beauty. Different in the winter huh!

      Andrea: “Healthy Culinary Goddess” Love that, you rock girl!

      Everyone: So glad I can share my recipes, but also my world with you. I thought that photo of the box canyon was unbelievable so I had to share. Telluride is kinda like a supermodel, you just can’t get a bad angle on it!