Toddler Meals: Cranberry

By Stacy Whitman With Kim Galeaz, RD


Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Cranberry Sauce

Recipe (20 minutes) :

In a large saucepan, bring to a boil 1 cup no-sugar-added cranberry 100% juice and 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar.

Reduce heat to medium and stir in one 12-oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries; one 8-oz. can crushed pineapple in natural juice; zest and juice from 1 large lime; and 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin.

Continue boiling gently, stirring occasionally, until mixture is slightly thick and cranberries pop, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, warm 2 teaspoons canola oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin cut into 1/2-inch cubes, and brown on all sides.

Cover with 1/4 cup no-sugar-added cranberry 100% juice. While pork cooks for 4 to 6 additional minutes, remove thickened sauce from heat and stir in 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro. When pork cubes are done (slightly pink in center), serve drizzled with sauce.

Per toddler serving (4 to 6 pork cubes and 1/3 cup sauce) 180 calories, 11 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 100 IU vitamin A, 18 mg vitamin C, 23 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 35 mg sodium, 1.5 g fiber