Mexican-Spiced Pork Medallions with Cheddar-Jalapeño Polenta
For polenta, heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeño; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add broth and the water. Bring to boiling. Gradually add polenta mix, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Cook about 5 minutes or until thick. Stir in Cheddar until melted. Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm (see Tip).Advertisement
Stir together chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, ground pepper, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
Trim fat from meat. Cut the meat crosswise into eight pieces. Place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound the meat lightly until about 1/2 inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the meat; rub in with your fingers.
Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat; cook about 5 minutes or until browned but still slightly pink in center, turning once. Serve the meat over the polenta. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.
Tips: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
If the polenta becomes too thick while standing, simply stir in additional water as needed to reach desired consistency.
4 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 vegetable