To make ahead: Brine pork (Step 1) for up to 12 hours.
Tips: Fennel pollen--literally pollen harvested from fennel flowers--adds a citrusy, floral anise flavor. Try a pinch in a rub, marinade or dressing or toss with vegetables. Find at specialty-food markets or online.
1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat