Fresh and Easy Fall Family Dinner

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Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet 30 Minute Meal

smithfield applewood smoked bacon pork loin easy family dinner recipe

It is the time of year that everything gets kicked into high gear. Back to school, sports, extracurriculars, work, and more! With all this suddenly back on your plate again you need some fast, easy, and nutritious home-cooked meals to turn to!

This dinner recipe is exactly what you are looking for as a busy mom this time of year. The prep time is really fast at under 10 minutes, with only 30 minutes of total cook time. Not to mention all the food groups are covered, this meal is loaded with real fresh nutrients and protein. Plus it tastes absolutely delightful!

Get ready to experience the simplest oven-roasted applewood bacon pork dinner served with cinnamon sauteed brussel sprouts and diced Honeycrisp apples over a bed of quinoa you could ever imagine.

the best easy and healthy 30 minute homecooked fall family dinner recipe

How I Get Started with This Fast Healthy Homecooked Dinner

When pressed for time on a busy day of momming I turn to my fridge, freezer, pantry, and Walmart for dinner. Running to the store for food for my family is always a bit of an escapade.

My family eats A LOT, it’s quite amazing actually. Between my husband, myself, and 2 little girls we eat like a voracious pack of wolves. Every checker is astounded at our small family and our overflowing cart every single time.

So our favorite one-stop-shop is of course Walmart. Where I know I can get everything really fast in one place, no price matching required because I know the price is already the best.

shopping for smithfiled pork at walmart

A fall staple in our house is Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork at Walmart because the price and quality are great and it turns out perfect every single time. I confidently chose these 100% fresh pork cuts because they have real all-natural ingredients. I’m certified in Childhood Nutrition and Cooking, so preparing homecooked meals and knowing exactly what I’m feeding my family is super important to me!

I literally stocked up on 8 pounds of  Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork for this month for us. (I told you we eat A LOT, oh and being pregnant doesn’t help either!)

smithfield pre-marinated pork loin at walmart

Huge evening shopping trips mean a super fast healthy homecooked dinner that night.

Every time we have a busy shopping trip I know I have to rush home and quickly put together some of the ingredients I picked up that night into a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner for my family who is always starving by the end of the shopping trip.

I always make sure to pick up at least one Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork on shopping trip days.

These pork loins are pre-marinated in absolutely irresistible flavors and are ready to stick in the oven as soon as we get home! I barely get to finish putting away the groceries before it’s done!

Talk about convenient. You have a delicious, hassle-free meal in no time.

With fall on its way, I couldn’t resist putting together a quick and delicious meal tonight with a Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet as the main dish. The marinade alone sparked a creative fall meal in my mind so I was sure to grab a few more fall favorites to tie in with it on my Walmart shopping trip like cinnamon and Honeycrisp apples.

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How fast is this fresh family dinner recipe?

applewood smoked bacon pork loin with sauteed brussle sprouts honeycrisp apples and quinoa

This meal can be done in 35 minutes. Which is pretty much always my goal with dinners. Unless we are having a meal that is a fun family experience: involving the kids in measuring, mixing, baking, and cooking; then speed and ease are always on my mind.

I absolutely adore cooking, but in the evening I’m tired, I’m hungry, and somehow the kids still always have enough energy left for another excursion. 

So putting together a fresh homecooked meal in about 30 minutes is always my goal. When you have pre-marinated pork on hard with real fresh ingredients, a 30-minute dinner goal is completely achievable every time!

Especially when you take into account that these pork loins are so versatile there are even faster ways to prepare than oven roasting. By slicing or dicing your loin before cooking, you can easily cut the cook time in half for a really quick but healthy dinner if you needed to!


Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet over Cinnamon Sauteed Brussel Sprouts, Apples, and Quinoa



shopping at walmart for smithfield pork loins

  • 1 Smithfield Applewood Bacon Loin Filet
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts
  • 2 large Honeycrisp apples
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 packet of stevia sweetener



fresh ingredients for a fast 30 minute fall family meal

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the pork loin bacon side up (that’s right, it’s ACTUALLY  crusted in real bacon pieces and it’s perfectly amazing) in a pyrex baking dish. Once preheated insert the dish into the oven for about 30 minutes. No need to cover or foil wrap, this quick and easy pork loin will turn out perfect. 

2. Bring 8 cups of water to a rapid boil in a pot on the stove. Once boiling add in quinoa, stirring occasionally. Cook 12-15 minutes and then strain off the excess liquid.

3. Ready for the hardest part? (Gotcha, it’s not hard at all!) Halve the brussel sprouts and dice the Honeycrisp apples. You can use any type of apple you like really, but after moving to Washington for 3 years, we became completely spoiled by the amazing Honeycrisp apples there and are still hooked! They really are the best.

halved brussel sprouts with diced honeycrisp apples covered in cinnamon and stevia


4. Add the brussel sprouts and apples to a large skillet with 3 tablespoons of avocado oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia and sautee for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Right about this time, the quinoa will be done too and before you know it you’ll be pulling the pork out!


smithfield applewood smoked bacon pork loin from walmart


5. When the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees, pull the pork loin out of the oven and allow to rest for 3 minutes before slicing it up so it can fully cook as it cools.


fresh fast marinated pork loin sliced in a baking dish for a fast family dinner recipe


Now you’ve completed a fast and fresh homecooked family meal in only 30 minutes!

Serve this dish with a large scoop of quinoa, covered in a heaping amount of cinnamon sauteed brussel sprouts and apples, and some bacon crusted pork slices on top.

The decadent fall flavors blend perfectly together. This is one of those meals (much like Thanksgiving) where I want a little piece of everything in the same bite. The flavors complement each other so well they really should be mixed!


quick family meal homecooked marinated pork loin with brussle sprouts apples and quinoa


Wrapping Up Fresh and Easy Fall Family Dinner

This dish turns out impressively amazing and flavorful so fast! Your house will be swirling with the scents of fall while your family enjoys a very filling and nutritious meal!

I was really surprised how filling this is! 

Every member of our family had different favorites in this dish. My husband’s favorite hands down was the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, we ended with about 3 slices left after dinner. (I told you, we eat a lot!) My littlest adored the quinoa mixed with the brussel sprouts. My eldest and I couldn’t get enough of the sauteed apples mixed with the pork.

I hope your family enjoys this quick and easy meal as much as we did! It would be a perfect recipe to meal plan and repeat throughout the season.  I know we’ll be doing just that! 

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