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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

  3. Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 

  4. Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.

  5. Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.

  6. Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 

  7. Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.

  8. Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 

  9. Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 

  10. Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Potassium 569mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. I looove all the Christmas decorations and lights and seeing my family, but the stress of traveling, gift giving, and hosting can be a bit much. On top of that, it is the busiest time of the year in the blogging world.

HOWEVER, I do love the food that comes with all of it, especially all the delicious side dishes and desserts. And I can’t wait to serve these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms over Christmas for my family because they came out freakin’ fantastic!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

I’ve made these roasted mushrooms several times before and they are always a hit and one of my favorite sides to serve. They are so simple and easy to make, but the end result looks so gorgeous on the table and the flavor is just unbeatable from the umami of balsamic vinegar and the smokiness of garlic and thyme.

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Great For a Potluck!

I love to serve these for holiday dinners and get-togethers, but they also do extremely well at potlucks because they travel so well and taste great warm or at room temperature. On top of that, these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms cater to so many dietary needs if you are serving people with food restrictions or allergies.

Not only are they gluten and dairy free, they are also low carb, vegan, and even AIP-friendly! My mom tries to follow the autoimmune protocol, which is why this dish always gets made when we are together, AND because everyone always raves about them!

Keeping it AIP-friendly

There are only a few easy modifications you need to make to make this recipe AIP-friendly. Just substitute the cooking oil with coconut oil instead of ghee, and omit the ground black pepper. That’s it! It’s quite easy to cater to so many dietary needs when you are cooking with real food, and making a side dish like this for a big dinner ensures that everyone has a little bit of something to eat.

Don’t these photos make you drool? I need stop editing photos when I’m hungry because it always makes me want to eat what I shot. Good thing these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms only take less than 20 minutes to make!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 86 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted, or coconut oil for AIP or vegan
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 2 lbs crimini mushroom

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. In a large bowl, add in balsamic vinegar, ghee, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper, and whisk together.

  3. Add in the mushroom and toss together until coated.

  4. Place the mushroom on a baking sheet in a single layer. 

  5. Roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden and tender. 

Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 692mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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White Chocolate Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan)

This delicious and creamy White Chocolate Matcha Latte is healthy and decadent, and it’s a perfect paleo and vegan low carb drink for the holidays, or any time you want to cozy up with a warm drink!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Matcha fans! If you love the antioxidant-rich and delicious calm energy that matcha latte brings you, you are going go crazy for this festive and creamy white chocolate matcha latte that’s perfect for the holidays. If you are reading this over the warmer months, you can just pour it over ice to enjoy it cold!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte Recipe

Whether I’m drinking hot chocolate, coffee, or matcha, my taste preference is, the creamier the better. I just love that decadent and foamy taste, which is why you’ll see me adding some kind of dairy-free milk to my drinks. So to make my original matcha latte recipe even more creamy, I thought, “Why not add white chocolate?” Turns out, white chocolate and matcha are a match made in heaven, and this delicious recipe is a proof of that.

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

What Is Cacao Butter?

You’ll notice that I add cacao butter in this recipe, and I get asked often, “What actually is cacao butter?” Cacao butter is what white chocolate is made of and it comes from cacao beans. It’s actually quite healthy and packed with nutrient-rich fats and antioxidants.

While white chocolate is a mixture of cacao butter, sugar, and other additives, cacao butter is less processed while tasting like creamy white chocolate if you use them in recipes the right way. It’s a perfect addition in this white chocolate matcha latte!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha

I recently tried out a new-to-me matcha brand, Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha, and it has quickly become my favorite. Not only is it so smooth and tastes amazing, it is the world’s PUREST Ceremonial Grade matcha. It is the FIRST matcha to Quadruple Toxin Screen for:

  • Heavy Metals
  • Fluoride
  • Pesticides
  • Toxic Mold
  • Radioactive Isotopes

Why are these tests needed?

The DISTURBING Truth About Matcha

It probably never crossed your mind, but what if the very drink you’re drinking for health could be a brew of pesticides and other toxins? Turns out, the highest grade ceremonial grade matcha is never organic, and organic matcha is never the highest grade.

Farms in Japan are located very close to each other so ‘pesticide drift’ is a huge problem. Chemical pesticides and herbicides used on one farm get carried by wind to adjacent farms! And hundreds of tons of radioactive water are still being pumped into the water everyday from the site of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

When you’re drinking something to improve your health, the last thing you want to do is introduce toxins along with it, especially if it’s a daily habit. Consuming pesticides and herbicides (glyphosate) every day, even in trace amounts, can have scary cumulative long-term health effects.

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Why I Chose Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

After studying the matcha-making process and learning from Japanese cultivars and tea masters, Pique finally found the cleanest source. Their matcha comes from a tea farm located in Kagoshima, which neighbors Okinawa, a “Blue Zone” linked to human longevity.

It is also the FURTHEST possible spot from Fukushima’s radioactive and industrial pollution.

In addition, Pique’s matcha leaves are also shaded up to 35% longer than other leaves, which creates a much higher level of l-theanine, aka nature’s chill pill. It’s the ingredient in matcha that gives you calm, focused energy. Raising the level of l-theanine through shading also increases the creamy “umami” flavor of their matcha, which I can definitely taste!

Shading also results in higher levels of chlorophyll which helps flush away heavy metals, toxins and chemicals in your body. How cool is that??

I’m seriously so impressed by this company and the reports that I’ve seen when I asked them for it. No other company has been able to provide me with results to back their claims like Pique has.

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Hope you enjoy this White Chocolate Matcha Latte recipe, and leave a comment below if you have any questions about the importance of matcha quality!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

White Chocolate Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan)

Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This delicious and creamy White Chocolate Matcha Latte is healthy and decadent, and it's a perfect paleo and vegan low carb drink for the holidays, or any time you want to cozy up with a warm drink!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk and cacao butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until cacao butter is fully melted. 

Immersion blender method

  1. Pour about 1/3 of the heated mixture into a mug that's big enough to fit the head of the immersion blender.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, then lower the immersion blender and start blending. Blend for about 1 minute until the matcha is dissolved and foamy.

  3. Add the rest of the almond milk/cacao butter mixture to the mug, and enjoy.

Regular blender method

  1. Add the heated mixture into a blender, then add the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Blend until smooth and foamy.

  3. Pour into a mug, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Want to enjoy it cold? Just pour it over ice to make iced white chocolate matcha latte!

Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 406mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 37.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.