Autumn Spiced Pork Loin

by danielle on November 16, 2012

It’s slowly getting colder and colder and I’m starting to crave warmer and more comforting meals and this meal is the perfect comfort food, Paleo, gluten free, and healthy! Perfect combination to start your winter off right!

autumn pork loin

Ingredients: 

For the Apple Topping:

  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

For the Pork:

  • 1 pork loin
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of your pork spices together and rub on your pork loin to season.
  3. Roast the pork for around 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile prepare your apple topping.
  5. In a saucepan over medium to low heat, simmer your apples, cinnamon and nutmeg in the water until tender.
  6. Lastly mix in your cranberries and let simmer 1-2 minutes longer.
  7. Serve your apple mixture over the pork loin and enjoy!

pork loin

I served this with butternut squash mashed with coconut oil and cinnamon! Complete Paleo meal!

What foods do you go for that winter comfort feeling?? 

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie November 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love your fall inspired recipes girl. ALL of them look so delicious! I usually turn to chili for a winter feeling :)

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I love soups and chilis in the winter too!

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LUCIE November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

Such a great idea the combination of apples and pork, never thought of that! I am not a pork fan but I might try this with chicken? Thank you for sharing!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Yes it would be great with chicken too!

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Kristen@Change of Pace November 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I bet you could use pears too. I only say that because my husband is allergic to apples… Weirdo. I love fall dishes!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hahaha aww poor guy! Pears would be really good too :)

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

chili!!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Agreed!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I love pork with apples! This looks delicious!

Chili, soup, and roast beef are my winter comfort foods!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Soup is like the ultimate comfort food to me too!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I know it isn’t Paleo, but I love warm bean based soups/stews in the winter. They are my comfort food!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Mine too! I still put beans in my veggie soups all the time!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I dont eat meat but my boyfriend would loovvvee this, maybe when I am feeling nice one day I will have to make this for him! Turkey Chili is definitely a winter comfort for me!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hahaha glad he will like this!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition November 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I LOVE PORK!! I could live off of it. great recipe, and love the apple sauce for it, too :) Nick will go bananas for this, ha! Happy Friday!!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hahaha glad you both will like it! Happy Friday!

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Kierston November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Chili. Chili is so good. I can’t believe I only discovered it last year lol

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I can’t believe that either! I love chili!

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kristi @ sweetly fit November 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

yum yum yum. Pork works really well with sweet things. I recently made some with a maple mustard sauce and it turned out great!

Winter: i’m all about chili…and squash. Can’t get enough. ;)

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I am loving squash this winter too!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Can you believe that I’ve never tried the apple/pork combo? It sounds so ridiculously good but I’ve never cooked pork myself and I’m kind of paranoid that I’d poison myself :lol: Gonna have to convince Mom to cook some up for Sunday dinner one week… either that or some baked Mac&Cheese – that’s definitely a big time comfort food for me.

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Hahaha have Mom cook it for you! I bet you’d like it! I totally understand the fear. Cooking meat grosses me out too!

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lindsay November 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

i think you need to try this recipe amanda! and salmon. haha. Love this combo Danielle. Bring on fall comfort!

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danielle November 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I love the sweet and savory in this meal! My favorite comfort foods are chilis and casseroles.

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Thanks so much Kim!

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Caitlin November 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I want this meal in my life TONIGHT. Or right now! OMG it looks soooo amazing. You never cease to amaze me actually!

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Aww thanks Cait! Wish we were closer I’d totally have you for dinner tonight ;)

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Amber @ ExSoyCise November 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

That combo sounds amazing! I LOVE cooked apples! Mashed butternut squash sounds great too! I’m on a kick right now where I mash butternut squash in with my eggs, add almond butter, cinnamon, stevia and pumpkin. So good!

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danielle November 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

That butternut squash combo sounds amazing!

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