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Pork Roast with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Sunday Dinner

The menu and recipes included here for this Sunday dinner are Pork Roast (loin, which is lean pork), Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Sugar Free Applesauce.

My husband and I are dieting and have chosen to try our best to eat foods with lower carbohydrates .For this meal I included white roasted potatoes for our sons. Next time I make this dinner I'll make more sweet potatoes and omit the white potatoes as everyone enjoyed them so much.


White Potatoes vs Sweet Potatoes

Even though white potatoes and sweet potatoes have the same amount of carbs, sweet potatoes give you:

  • Over 100% of your daily amount of vitamin A
  • Are good sources for vitamin C
  • B-6

For potassium and folate, choose white potatoes.

Pork roast, brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes

Pork roast, brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

2 hours

2 hours 30 min

This entire meal will serve 5-6 people

Ingredients needed for the entire meal

  • 4 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced
  • garlic powder
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled (the one I cooked was just under one pound)
  • 1 tbs. of olive oil
  • marjoram
  • 15 or more medium size Brussels sprouts
  • 1 dollop of butter
  • 4 Royal Gala apples peeled and cored
  • 2 tbs.of lemon juice concentrate or the juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 3 medium potatoes washed and cut in half


Cooking Instructions For the Pork Roast

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. Rinse off the pork loin and insert the sliced garlic cloves. The roast I used was tied and I inserted all the cloves throughout the center of the roast. If you need tturo,make small slices in various places into the meat with a paring knife, and insert the garlic cloves.
  3. Place the meat onto a rack in a roasting pan or on top of celery ribs.
  4. Season with garlic powder and fresh ground pepper.
  5. Add water to the bottom of the pan so that the water is almost touching the meat.
  6. Add the potato halves around the roast.
  7. Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours or until a meat thermometer placed into the center of the roast reaches 160° - 170°F.
  8. Periodically check the roast to make sure that there is still water on the bottom of the pan adding more if necessary. At the same time turn the potatoes over.


Pork Loin Ready to go into the Oven

Pork loin roast seasoned and sitting on top of celery ribs.

Pork loin roast seasoned and sitting on top of celery ribs.

Preparing the Brussels sprouts

Preparing the Brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are a favorite at my house whether they are frozen or fresh. We do prefer fresh over frozen. A little trick I learned watching a cooking show one day was when preparing them cut an X on the stem in order to make them cook faster and more evenly.

  • Place the washed and prepared sprouts into a pot and cover with water.
  • When ready to cook them boil for approximately ten minutes or until fork tender.
  • Drain the water and add a dollop of butter placing back on the stove to melt the butter.
  • Stir coating the Brussels sprout with the melted butter and serve when ready.

Sweet Potatoes Ready to go into the Oven

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel and cut the sweet potato into bite size pieces.
  • In the bottom of an oven safe dish add the sweet potatoes.
  • Coat the sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with marjoram, cinnamon and fresh ground pepper.
  • An hour before the roast is cooked place the sweet potatoes into the oven.

Sugar Free Applesauce

  1. Peel, core and slice apples then put them into a medium size bowl.
  2. Coat with lemon juice.
  3. In a medium size sauce pan add the apples to the pan along with 1/4 cup of water.
  4. Place on medium high setting and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the ginger and cinnamon stirring well.
  6. Continue cooking until the apples are soft and easy to mash.
  7. Once cooked remove from heat and put into a serving bowl. I mashed the apples with a fork.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes Ready to Serve

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Dinner is Ready - Let's Eat!

Pork roast with Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, sugar free applesauce and sliced tomatoes

Pork roast with Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, sugar free applesauce and sliced tomatoes

Sweet Potatoes vs White Potatoes

Let me know what you think by rating accordingly

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Have a great day!

Susan

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2014:

Thanks Easy E, I hope you enjoy the Pork Roast!

Kelly A Burnett from United States on December 08, 2014:

I learned something new about brussels sprouts - the tiny "x" what a fantastic tip. Great recipe. Looking forward to trying voted up!

Kelly A Burnett from United States on December 08, 2014:

Yum! Love these ingredients and I never knew about the cross on the brussels sprouts - fantastic tip!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2014:

Thanks poetryman!

poetryman6969 on November 17, 2014:

Really looks and sounds tasty.

Tamara14 on September 27, 2014:

These are some of ma favorite ingredients and I do similar recipes often. Great!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2014:

Vicki, Thanks for the pin I really appreciate it. I've become addicted to sweet potatoes lately especially when I have a choice when it comes to fries.

Thanks Breakfastpop!

breakfastpop on August 23, 2014:

Yum, Yum, Yum and voted that way...

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 23, 2014:

That's a whole meal! Looks so awesome. I prefer white potatoes but also love sweet potatoes and should eat more of them! Pinning this recipe!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2013:

Dee, I've been behind on keeping up too so don't feel bad. Sorry to hear that you've been ill but happy to see you. Lately I'm addicted to sweet potato fries. I don't deep fry them though, I bake them in a a bit of olive or vegetable oil.

Dee aka Nonna on November 21, 2013:

I am way, way behind and trying to catch up on my favorite writers. Been away because of illness. I saw this and had to stop. I love sweet potatoes but usually eat either with chicken or pork chops....we be trying this very, very soon.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2013:

Crafty, Have to love those sales. We stocked up on pork loins last week because of a huge sale.

CraftytotheCore on September 20, 2013:

This is one of my favorite meals. Our local grocery store has pork roasts on sale this week buy 1 get 2 free! I'm headed down there today.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2013:

Kasman, I've just recently started to eat sweet potatoes this way and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. I didn't think my sons would care for them but they can't seem to get enough of them now :) So you may just be surprised :)

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on May 10, 2013:

I'm a huge fan of pork roast! That was enough to reel me in......also I love brussel sprouts. I'm not too keen on sweet potatoes though......I love sweet potato fries, but I never have been a big fan of the potatoes as they are. I don't know why. I may try it on your suggestion honestly but I may have to bring in the white potatoes on reserve. Great pictures, love your style! Voting up and sharing!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 01, 2013:

Thanks Peggy :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2013:

Hi Susan,

You entire meal looks and sounds delicious. Gave it a 5 star rating. Nice tip about how to prepare the Brussels sprouts for faster cooking.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2013:

Hi Frank, Thanks and I hope you're having a nice weekend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 23, 2013:

thank you once again justasksusan for keeping my recipe board full with wonderful recipes bless you :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 21, 2013:

Ruchira, Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 20, 2013:

byshea, We seem to eat a lot of pork and I'm always looking for new ways or side dishes to go along with it. Hope you enjoy your pork roast.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 20, 2013:

Thanks Eddy and hope you have a great week.

RH, I didn't like them either when I was younger.

Snurre, Thanks and sorry to hear that you don't have sweet potatoes there.

Ruchira from United States on February 19, 2013:

I am not much of a pork fan but your sweet potatoes delighted me.

Mklow1 on February 19, 2013:

This was the most thorough and simple recipe I have ever read! It is like Cooking for Dummies, so it is perfect for me. lol I will really enjoy cooking this.

Shea on February 19, 2013:

This looks delicious. I love cooking pork roast and your hub came at the perfect time. I'm going to try this tomorrow night I think.

Snurre on February 19, 2013:

This roast recipe looks amazing. And brussel sprouts are my favourite. As for sweet potatoes, we don't get them here. Voted and more!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on February 19, 2013:

That sounds delicious! I love sweet potatoes...the kids do not so I don't make them often...I wish!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 19, 2013:

This one goes right in with my other recipes Susan. Keep them coming and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 19, 2013:

GoodLady, Thank you. I've just started eating sweet potatoes in the last five years or so. I really like the sweet potato fries but it will be awhile before I can eat those again :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 19, 2013:

Ruby, The sweet potatoes are nice change.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on February 19, 2013:

I really like the way you explained you were dieting and how this meal is not only wonderful to look at and taste but is also it is careful not to over do the 'wrong' stuff. It does look delicious. We don't use sweet potato enough and i had no idea of their super nutritional value.

Really interesting and nicely done Hub - and your meal is just lovely.

I gave you five stars and voted, now i'll share and pin etc.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 18, 2013:

This is great. I always use white potatoes with a roast, but i will try the sweet potatoes next time. You make the best meals..Thank you..

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2013:

Thanks Carol and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2013:

Thanks drbj!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2013:

donnah, It has taken me years to get my husband to try sweet potatoes. He did try a few sweet potato fries one day and wasn't too keen on them but after eating them cooked roasted this way he really enjoyed them.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

carol stanley from Arizona on February 18, 2013:

Looks delicious and we love all the veggies you have here. Lots of excellent instructions. It looks so good I may have to make this tonite..I have pork, brussels sprouts ..need the sweet potatoes... Voting up for a wonderful recipe and pinning...

drbj and sherry from south Florida on February 18, 2013:

I LOVE pork roast, Susan, and this is such a nice, easy, simple way to cook it, even I can manage it. Thank you.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on February 18, 2013:

Yum! I always prefer sweet potatoes to white potatoes. They have so much more depth of flavor. Recently I tried brussel sprouts for the first time. It only took me 37 years! I don't know why they have a bad rep, as they are tasty. Voted up.