Broccoli couscous with za’atar pork tenderloin

A delicious dinner dish: broccoli couscous with pork tenderloin marinated in za'atar herbs. Healthy and very tasty too! | Stay Alive and Cooking

This dish is something completely different! Raw broccoli is combined with couscous, lime zest and pecans to create a delicious dinner dish. Pork tenderloin is seasoned in za’atar and baked in the oven, and matches the couscous really well!

Usually, the kitchen is my domain. It needs to be tidy, clean and organized the way I prefer, and I decide what we eat during the week, too. Not because I’m some sort of control freak, don’t worry 😉 But because the boyfriend is usually gone all day for his internship. But sometimes, just sometimes I let him decide what we eat. He chooses a recipe and I cook it or adapt it and then cook it. That’s when we get recipes like this!

A delicious dinner dish: broccoli couscous with pork tenderloin marinated in za'atar herbs. Healthy and very tasty too! | Stay Alive and Cooking

What is healthy… and what is not

Did I already mention that I enrolled in the local library? I don’t know if I did, but I’m so happy with that decision! I rented loads of books right away, and already used their silence study room. It’s such a motivating place to be! And I love books, I spent most of my youth reading but sort of lost that ability when I started studying. Too much distraction, so to say.

Anyway, I also rented maaaany books about food. I want to read all of their cookbooks for sure, but for now I’m reading those research books about food and what effect they have on the body for example. It’s very interesting for sure, but also a bit scary! So far I’ve already switched out the milk in my usual bowl of oatmeal for breakfast for soy milk, and decided to eat less potatoes, rice, pasta and bread and switch this out for more veggies. And I want to cut down on sugars, too. Apparently these are all even unhealthier than I thought… I’m not going to turn into one of those health freaks, I could never. I mean, life without pie and chocolate is no life! But it’s for sure a good idea to pay more attention to what we eat.

A delicious dinner dish: broccoli couscous with pork tenderloin marinated in za'atar herbs. Healthy and very tasty too! | Stay Alive and Cooking

The book I’m reading now mentioned that meat in general is not that healthy. I already knew this, but they share some different insights, too. This book doesn’t discuss foods as “diet foods”, but it discusses the effect foods can have on our lifespan. I think this is a good way to look at food: dieting isn’t something we can keep up forever, but eating more healthily is something we for sure can get used to. (It’s originally Dutch but if you’d like to read it: The food hourglass by Kris Verburgh)

I keep losing track of what I was actually going to say! FOCUS Vivian, focus. I wanted to discuss the fact that red meat is not that healthy. I will investigate this matter further, because for now I’m not entirely sure why… But apparently all “red meats” are not that good for you, and that makes me think! But like I said, I want to eat more healthily by slowly adjusting my lifestyle, not by making drastic changes all at once. Any thoughts? Only eating chicken is too boring for me, even if we eat vegetarian dishes some days too.

However, there’s good news too! Broccoli for example is a real super food: it’s a vegetable effective in fighting cancer to name one of its benefits.

Broccoli couscous with za’atar pork fillet

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– Viv

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Onto the actual recipe!

Broccoli couscous with za'atar pork tenderloin
Serves 4
Broccoli couscous with pork tenderloin, marinated in za'atar herbs and roasted in the oven. Combined with fresh lime zest and pecan nuts for a delicious dinner.
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Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
27 min
  1. Broccoli, 1 small
  2. Couscous, 100g
  3. Pork tenderloin, 300g
  4. Pecan nuts, 60g
  5. Zest of 1 lime
  6. Cinnamon, 2 teaspoons
  7. Za'atar herbs, 2 spoonfuls
  8. Salt
  9. Sunflower oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Prepare the couscous according to the package.
  2. In a food processor, blend the broccoli into very small pieces. Add the cinnamon, zest of the lime and pecan nuts and mix together.
  3. Rub the pork tenderloin with the sunflower oil and season with salt and za'atar. Place this in the oven for 13 minutes: rotate halfway.
  4. Mix the couscous with the broccoli mixture.
  5. Cover the pork and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and place on top of the couscous.
  6. Enjoy!
  1. You can eat this cold as well. I had it for lunch the next day!



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8 thoughts on “Broccoli couscous with za’atar pork tenderloin

  1. Sounds like a delicious dinner! I love the broccoli mixed into the couscous and I have some Za’atar seasoning that I need to use, so this is perfect!
    I’m a book lover too and also a health and nutrition editor, so I’m always reading news about food… I rarely eat red meat, load up on my veggies and just generally practice moderation. I don’t believe much in dieting – just healthy day-to-day eating, like you say 🙂
    Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table recently posted…Cheddar chicken burgersMy Profile

    1. I have exactly the same problem, and I love finding new ways to use my herbs. Yes, you seem to get it totally!

  2. Gawsh, I haven’t been to a library since college! Reading you write about it makes me want to take a trip to one of the college library’s somewhere near us. Anyways, LOVE this dish!! I’m a huge fan of everything you used here – za’atar, broccoli, couscous and pork. I feel like you made this fabulous dish just for me!! 😉 Love that this is healthy, but packed with flavor and seriously delish! Cheers, dear!
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Sheet Pan Garlic & Lemon Shrimp, Asparagus & Fingerling PotatoesMy Profile

    1. Haha I know right, it makes me feel like such a proactive student! And they have magazines too – like “delicious” and the Dutch “foodie”. Thanks Cheyanne! I’m so glad you like it!

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