These grilled pork tenderloin rice bowls are EVERYTHING. I mean, seriously. Juicy grilled pork tenderloin, sweet grilled pineapple, crunchy bacon, and creamy avocado all drizzled with the freshest cilantro lime dressing? Count me in!
These wonderful grilled pork tenderloin rice bowls are actually my Mom’s original recipe, then I tried to recreate it on my own. She made these for dinner one night a few months ago and then we ate them while sitting on the couch and watching Harry Potter. Both of us exclaimed that they were WAY better than popcorn! This is really saying something because my Mom and I are popcorn junkies, and have been known to eat popcorn for dinner on more than one occasion.
This bowl really just hits all the right flavor notes, and it is totally allergy-friendly. If you like a little more spice, you may want to add a bit of sriracha on top. And, if you are grain-free go ahead and replace the rice with cauliflower rice!
Alright, now let’s chat health. More specifically, my health, and maintaining your health in times of stress. I admittedly can’t fully speak to how to maintain your health in times of extreme stress, because I haven’t really figured it out yet, but I’m finally on the right path.
So you may think that since I’m a nutritionist and a health and food blogger I know all the right things to do and fully practice what I preach. While I appreciate your confidence in me, I’m here to say that is NOT what I have been doing. I’m really passionate about taking the perfection out of health, especially in the nutrition and holistic health circle.
If you read last week’s post then you know that my family and I have been riding the crazy roller coaster that is organ transplantation. Even 6 weeks after my Dad’s transplant, we are still in the thick of it dealing with unexpected side effects from the surgery. And you guys, it is STRESSFUL. So I’d love to say I’ve been handling that stress by meditating for 30 minutes every morning, taking long walks, drinking bone broth, and finishing out my days with yoga, but that is so not how it’s been going.
Basically, I fully abandoned working out, dove head-first into a strong addiction to Starburst jelly beans, ate lots of yummy, comforting starchy carbs, drank a little too much at times, abandoned my regular doctor’s appointments and let medications that needed to be refilled go by the wayside because I couldn’t stand to deal with more doctors and insurance reps.
And then, my body resulted by going into a full-on flare, with a bunch of new symptoms I hadn’t experienced before. So, a few weeks ago I finally found the resolve to pick myself up and get it together. I put together a simple but effective workout routine, I threw out all the sugar in my house, and I started focusing on cooking more nourishing, healthy food and brainstormed what I could do to “love” my gut and help it heal (more on this revelation in another post). It has only been two weeks but I’m already starting to feel a bit better. No magical overnight cures here, but I feel just a bit more like myself.
So why the heck am I telling you all this? Basically I just want to let you know it is okay to mess up. It is okay to be human. Sometimes it is okay to just do what you need to do to get by, and sometimes you have to go down that path until you get your wake-up call. The thing for me is, I’m far enough along in my lifestyle, and in my illness, that none of this brought me panic. I know I will be fine, and I know how to fix things. Yes, I will have to go back on some medications I had gotten off of to get out of this, but I know I’ll come back off of them again! A few years ago, this would have been the end of the world to me, but now I know how to listen to my body both so I know when it has had enough, and how to get it back on track.
If you’re struggling with a similar hard time right now and finding it tough to keep up with all of your typical health practices, it is okay to give yourself some grace during this time. You do not have to be perfect. Just listen to your body, and it will show you the way.
Also, I 100% recommend eating these grilled pork tenderloin rice bowls instead of jelly beans. You’ll be just as satisfied but 1000 times more nourished.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Rice Bowls
These bowls feature juicy grilled pork tenderloin, sweet grilled pineapple, crunchy bacon, and creamy avocado all drizzled with the freshest cilantro lime dressing.
For the Pork Tenderloin
- 1 1 pound pork tenderloin
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos (may substitute gluten free soy sauce)
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
For the Cilantro Lime Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
For the Bowls
- 4 pineapple rings
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 2 cups cooked jasmine or cauliflower rice
For the pork tenderloin:
Whisk together all marinade ingredients and pour over the pork tenderloin either in a ziplock bag or in a shallow dish so that the pork is coated in the marinade. Refrigerate to marinade for 30 minutes to 8 hours.
Heat half of grill to high and the other half to low heat. Grill pork tenderloin for 5-7 minutes on each side, with the grill lid closed, until the internal temperature reaches at least 145. If pork tenderloin starts getting too charred, move to the side with low heat and close the lid of the grill.
Grill pineapple rings alongside pork over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side until well-charred, then remove from grill.
Remove from grill and allow to sit for 10 minutes then dice into bite-sized cubes.
For the cilantro lime sauce:
Whisk together all sauce ingredients, set aside.
For the bowls:
Cook the bacon until crispy.
Divide ingredients into 4 servings and assemble each bowl with rice, then top with avocado, bacon, pineapple, diced pork tenderloin, and jalapeno slices, as desired. Spoon cilantro lime sauce over each bowl.