In this healthy grain bowl dinner recipe, hummus may seem like an unconventional dressing ingredient, but here we thin it with some hot water to make a rich, creamy drizzle.

Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016


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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in bulgur and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and let stand until tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, sprinkle pork with marjoram, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork; cook, turning several times, until browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Toss asparagus and onion with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. When the pork is browned, scatter the asparagus and onion around it. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork registers 145 degrees F, 12 to 16 minutes. About 5 minutes before the pork is done, scatter the tomatoes over the vegetables in the pan.

  • Transfer the pork to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Toss the vegetables with the pan juices.

  • Drain any remaining liquid from the bulgur, then stir in parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice. Combine hummus and 2 tablespoons hot -water in a small bowl. Divide the bulgur among 4 bowls and top with the pork and vegetables; drizzle with the hummus sauce.

Nutrition Facts

400 calories; protein 32.7g; carbohydrates 43.9g; dietary fiber 9g; sugars 3.7g; fat 11.9g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 73.7mg; vitamin a iu 1492.5IU; vitamin c 26.2mg; folate 129.1mcg; calcium 72mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 135.3mg; potassium 984.7mg; sodium 582.6mg; thiamin 1.4mg.

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy. The drizzle of hummus adds a nice flavor. Serving it "bowl" style blends the flavors and makes it very tasty. Will be making again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was really a shocker to me! My only experience with bulgar was a tasteless disaster! I had no desire to make it ever again. When I read the ingredient list for this one I was thinking did I want to possibly throw out a dish. I am so glad I took the chance on this one though. I cut this recipe in half for my hubby and still had enough enough for him to have for lunch tomorrow. Pork tenderloin at the store I shop at is relatively inexpensive....if you follow the directions on this one your pork will be tender and flavorful. The bulgar well all I can say is WOW! I left out the fresh parsley....I thought I had some in my window box however our recent heat pretty much did it problem because it really doesn't require it. The lemon and zest are plenty to give the bulgar a fresh flavor. We loved the vegetables! I was lucky enough to find some decent asparagus this afternoon and that combined with the red onion and tomato just made the dish that much more sensational! I made garlic hummus for our lunches this week from this site and I just used some of that for the hummus sauce. It was very very tasty.....I too had reservations over adding that. All in all I have been told that I should put this in the recipe box so we can have it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was an easy-to-make delicious meal. The hummus sauce was excellent and so easy. Will be using that on other dishes for sure. I found the veggies slightly over cooked so I may put them in 5 to 7 minutes after the pork has been in the oven and then the tomatoes about 3 minutes before the pork comes out. Overall fantastic. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious I made this just as the recipe calls and it was delicious! It wasn't hugely filling which I liked. Pros: Easy to follow instructions Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This has become a family favorite. I like to make this when fresh asparagus goes on sale. My kids surprised me with how much they enjoyed this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It was really a really good dish. I wasn't too sure about the hummus. I love hummus but I've never had it as a sauce and it was a good blend. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delightful surprise I was looking for something simple to make with pork tenderloin. My family has another old favorite from Eating Well (Maple Mustard Pork). This is really about chopping a bunch of asparagus and onion and a few cherry tomatoes. Brown tenderloin. Roast for 10 or so minutes. I didn't have bulgar so I used whole wheat cous cous. I missed the lemon and hummus. That would probably have been tasty but not necessary. Pros: Very easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious recipe Next time I would add more than one bundle of Asparagus for a family of 4. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So yummy and so easy. My husband loved it!!! The pork was so super tender Read More