Jamie says: Did you know that the University of Florida sells meat? That’s right! UF has a meat processing center that is open to the public every Friday (except for holidays and UF days off) from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. They sell a variety of fresh beef and pork products at a discounted price (because it’s not-for-profit). It’s located on 2250 Shealy Drive in Gainesville, Florida (352-392-1921). You should totally go and check it out! You’ll be supporting the students’ education at the University and you’ll be getting quality fresh meat at a good price. (Just make sure to bring cash or check- no credit cards or EBT cards here.)
I took the veterans in my Vet HEALTH: Healthy Eating And Lifestyle Tips for Heroes program on a tour of the center and it was so cool. They showed us the steps of the slaughtering process (no animals included on this one, thank goodness), the room where they age some of the meat, and they answered all of our many questions.
There is also a small room that contains lots of pork and beef products for sale. One of the pork products I purchased was a boneless pork roast.
I seasoned it up with lots of flavorful ingredients…
And put it in the oven, and out came a delicious pork roast with a nice light gravy.
It was oh-so-tender and lip-smackin’ good. Just make sure to have a mint or toothbrush around for afterwards…
Garlicky Pork Roast with Minced Onion and Fresh Basil
- 1 1/4 lb boneless pork roast (University of Florida Meat Processing Center)
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic
- 3 slices yellow onion
- 15 leaves fresh basil
- dash coarse sea salt
- dash freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pork roast in a small baking dish. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top.
- Use a garlic press to press garlic over pork. Chop onion and basil and place on top along with sea salt and pepper.
- Use clean hands to rub ingredients in and distribute evenly. Place some onions under the pork.
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Allow to sit for 3 minutes before slicing. Slice and scoop onions, garlic, and natural gravy on top. Enjoy!
- Nutrition note: Pork is an excellent source of the vitamin thiamin (aka vitamin B1). There’s 54% of the daily value of this vitamin in 3 oz of pork, according to pork be inspired . Thiamin helps your body turn carbohydrates into energy, which are especially important for your brain and nervous system, according to MedlinePlus.