The fı˙ve- mı˙nute dı˙nner mı˙racle Sandi Richard IF I WERE TO tell you that five minutes would drastically change the outcome of your health and your peace of mind, you would likely tell me I’m a little crazy. As a professional meal planner and mother of seven, I know all too well the feel- ing of outright despair. It is intuitive for par- ents to want to do their
By Sandi Richard
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Oven Pork Roast with Applesauce, Baby Potatoes, Gravy and Asparagus
Instructions: The night before … Take out equipment. 1. Place roast on a plate. Sprinkle with
pepper, garlic powder and no-salt
seasoning. Cover and let stand in
Serves 4 to 6; assumes one-third of the roast is left over. 2. 27 kg ( 5 pounds) pork top loin roast, boneless, trimmed 2 mL (½ teaspoon) freshly ground pepper 5 mL ( 1 teaspoon) garlic powder 5 mL ( 1 teaspoon) no-salt seasoning 20 baby potatoes (or 4 large thin-skinned potatoes) 5 mL ( 1 teaspoon) butter 2 mL (½ teaspoon) dried rosemary leaves 45 mL ( 3 tablespoons) dry brown gravy mix 45 mL ( 3 tablespoons) water 375 mL ( 1½ cups) potato water (add more if needed) 20 asparagus spears 5 mL ( 1 teaspoon) butter (optional) Pinch of salt (optional) 125 mL (½ cup) unsweetened applesauce Pinch of cinnamon
3. Wash potatoes and place in a large stove-top pot of cold water. Bring to a full boil,
then reduce heat to a low boil until you
can easily pierce the potatoes with a
knife. Drain potato water into a large
measuring cup and set aside. Add butter
and rosemary to potatoes and swish to
coat. Cover to keep warm.
In the morning …
2. Preheat oven to 230 C (450 F). Transfer
roast to a shallow roasting pan. Place in
preheated oven, uncovered. Set timer for
20 minutes. When timer rings, don’t open
the oven! Reduce heat to 77 C (170 F).
That’s it! Leave the roast in for up to 10
hours. The roast should be cooked to an
internal temperature of 71 C (160 F).
When the roast is ready …
4. Transfer roast to plate. Wrap in foil to rest.
5. Snap off bottom nodes of asparagus and
discard. Rinse spears in colander or
steamer basket. Place a small amount of
water in the bottom of a stove-top pot and
bring to a full boil with the asparagus in
the basket above. Cover and set timer for
4 minutes, or microwave in a non-metal
pan for the same amount of time.
Combine gravy mix and water in a cup,
then whisk into roasting pan. Slowly whisk
in potato water. Bring to a boil over high
heat, stirring continuously. Reduce heat to
simmer. Keep roast wrapped in foil, but
drain juices from plate into roasting pan.
When the timer rings for asparagus ...
Drain water. Toss asparagus in pot with
butter and salt.
When you get home …
6. Combine applesauce and cinnamon
in a small serving bowl to serve with