Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I find making meat of any kind very daunting! However, today I stepped up to the plate and made my first pork tenderloin (that didn’t end up as pulled pork!). It came out good! Here we go… Thanks for stopping by!

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack pork tenderloin (my package contained 2 pot tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • canola oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except oil) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When marinating, we use our Food Saver marinating bowl and suck the air out if it. It works great!

Heat oil in a heavy pan when you are ready to cook. Place the tenderloins in the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side. I started with high heat and had to put it in medium while turning. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the pork for 15 more minutes in the oven (I used a glass Pyrex dish) until juices run clear.

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Hello interwebs!  I have had a few recipes sitting on the back burner for a while now… here is one that I am ready to post :)  It is SO easy to whip up an asian inspired dish with just a few seasonings and some leftover rice or noodles.  We had leftover angel hair pasta one night, so the following evening I made lomein! We also had made what my husband loving calls a “pork butt” in the same week, so I used the leftovers for this dish, too.  Win win!

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Sesame Pork Lomein

Measurements are not exact because this is a recipe for leftovers – adapt and have fun!

Ingredients

  • Pork or ham, diced
  • Canola oil, 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil, to taste
  • Pasta, cooked
  • Onions, chopped
  • Bell pepper, diced
  • Carrots, sliced or diced
  • Garlic, I used chopped garlic in oil – about 1 tbsp
  • Duck sauce, to taste
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • Sesame seeds
  • Scallion (Green Onions), for garnish

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Directions

  • If your meat or veggies aren’t diced.. dice them before you start! Things move quickly with this dish.
  • Heat a wok or a deep skillet until hot.
  • Add canola oil until hot, but not burnt.
  • Add garlic, and cook all vegetables.
  • Once your veggies get a little tender, add in the meat and stir to combine.
  • Add to the mixture some sesame oil, soy sauce, and duck sauce and keep tasting your dish!  If it is salty, DO NOT add more soy.
  • When your sauce tastes good, add in your noodles and keep mixing.
  • Serve when the noodles are warm (I always throw them in there cold) – I like to toss in my sesame seeds and green onions (chop them first!) and serve like that.
  • I also love duck sauce, so I serve some on the side :)

If you successfully used leftover meat and noodles – feel good about not wasting those leftover foods and saving some serious cash :)

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Hello friends!  I bring you not a recipe today, but some photos of the meal I whipped up tonight!  There were no measurements to this meal.. and thus.. no recipe is to be had!  Womp.

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Making stir fry is one of our favorite things but we haven’t done it in a pretty long time.  The following stir fry consists of onions, cubed boneless pork loin, sesame oil, garlic (in oil), sriracha!, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame seeds, fresh baby bella mushrooms, bell pepper slices, carrot slices and whew.. I think that’s it!

I cook the onions and garlic first in a little oil.  I then add in whatever meat I am using (this time, it happened to be boneless pork!  We also love it with chicken and beef!). Then, add your choice of other sauces/spices and throw in the vegetables as well :)

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One of my favorite pots to use is our great big cast iron wok that my dad and brother bought Mike and us when we were getting married.  It holds the heat sooo well and just cooks everything wonderfully.  I tend to add a bit more sweet ingredients than spicy to our stir fry.. next time, I am adding more sriracha!!
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We used a bone-in pork shoulder because that was what we found on sale a few months ago.  Here it is while being seared:

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The only other two changes I made were using chopped garlic in oil (not fresh) and using regular chicken broth instead of fat free.  After you sear it and spice it, the pork goes into the slow cooker for 8 hours with some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chicken broth, and garlic.

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We like to buy pork tenderloin when it is .99 cents per pound, cut the meat right away, and freeze using our Food Saver system.  While I didn’t measure out the weight of my pork chunks, I would assume that I used about 1.5 – 2 pounds of pork in this recipe if my thinking is correct.

I hope you enjoy this and have nice results!

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