Every Wednesday after work I follow the same routine - get a snack, fix myself something to drink and check out the weekly food ads. I am a frugal shopper, but refuse to sacrifice quality or deprive myself of good food, so the food ads are very important to me.
I stock up on pork tenderloins whenever the price goes below $3/lb. I love pork tenderloins because they are so versatile and so dang easy to prepare. All it takes is a good meat thermometer and you're golden.
My sister got me this one for Christmas 2 years ago and it changed my world.
One of my favorite weeknight "Go-To Meals" is Raspberry Chipotle Pork Tenderloin.
It's super easy and utilizes several already prepared ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375 F
After trimming the excess fat and silver skin off of the tenderloins, season them with whatever spice rub you have on hand. (Tonight I used Adams Reserve Peppercorn & Garlic Sean-n-Crust, but good old salt and pepper works beautifully too.)
I keep several of these in my cabinet at all times and use them on almost everything.
Heat 1 T of olive oil and 1 T of butter in a skillet or fry pan. Sear the tenderloins on each side for several minutes, forming a nice 'crust'. Put them in a roasting pan, pop them in the oven for about 22 - 25 minutes (internal temp should register 140 when you remove them from the oven).
As soon as you remove them from the oven you'll want to pour a little bit of Raspberry Chipotle Sauce over the tenderloins and tent them with foil. They need to rest about 10 minutes before carving.
I think everyone and their brother makes a version of this sauce now.
This just happens to be the one I had in the fridge.
While the pork is resting, you have plenty of time to do side dishes. I usually do some sort of whole wheat couscous and a green veggie.
I love couscous for two reasons:
- the liquid to couscous ratio is 1:1 *I can never remember what the ratio is for rice*
- it cooks in 5 minutes
For both dishes I toasted the walnuts lightly ahead of time and then later cooked them a little more in some butter and garlic... mmmmm.
From start to finish this dinner takes no more than 35 minutes and most of that is "hands-off" time. Fresh, tasty food with minimal effort - now that's what I'm talking about.