Meal Plan : Pork Tenderloin / 3 meals or more

I like and prefer pork tenderloin to other pork roast cuts. It is expensive ( if not on sale ) but if purchased on sale it is cost effective because:

1 ) no fat     2) no bones    3)    it is extremely tender so there are no portions of it that are too tough or chewy for small children ….and everyone thinks that you are a wonderful cook since it ALWAYS turns out so well :)

I purchased a pork tenderloin on sale and cut it up into several pieces, seasoned it with coarse ground black pepper and Emeril’s basic seasoning, and cooked it in the crockpot with some garlic  for several hours until it was fork tender and falling apart.

The grocery store also had a big package of kielbasa on sale for 4.98. ( this was a 2-day special sale that they occasionally run on items )

The initial dinner for family and friends was pork tenderloin, kielbasa ( 1/2 of the  package: I froze the  remainder )  cooked together with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and fresh local green beans. This served 3 adults and 5 children.

Because I also had the cheaper kielbasa served along with the pork tenderloin, there was plenty of tenderloin left over.

Following day leftover dinner or work lunch for 1 adult : tenderloin ( some of it ) cut up and mixed with BBQ Sauce and served with sides.  ( just a leftover meal for me )

One more day and full dinner out of that pork tenderloin : I made a gravy with the juices that I’d saved, and that  pork & gravy was served with fresh mashed potatoes and local fresh corn on the cob, salad and bread. ( 2 adults 2 children )

Pork Roast with Gravy and Mashed Pototoes


The tenderloin was large and cost 11.98. Regularly priced it would have been close to 20.00 or more.  As to the rest of the kielbasa that I froze,  a meal of kielbasa, green and red pepper, onion and sliced potatoes cooked in a skillet plus some fresh local vegatables or a big salad will feed a family of 4+ more on another day.

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12 Responses to Meal Plan : Pork Tenderloin / 3 meals or more

  1. Brenda Kula says:

    I couldn’t find your email address. Just wanted you to know that today you’ve been featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post, where I welcome new bloggers to the community. You should be receiving visitors shortly.

  2. Joyce says:

    Mmmmm….I love pork tenderloin too and only buy it on sale. My fave recipe has been one that requires slicing, dredging, and frying – very good, but lots of work. Got one in the freezer now and am going to try your crockpot method – simple! Thanks!

  3. I love pork tenderloin and it is a good deal on sale I agree! Great frugal advice!


  4. bj says:

    While my husband doesn’t like any meat cooked until it falls apart, it is MY favorite…I would love your pork.
    Sounds and looks delicious.:)

  5. Grandma Kc says:

    Oh that looks good! I bet that slow cooked pork would be wonderful stuffed into a warm flour tortilla and topped with guacamole! Grampy would definitely like your pork — it is his favorite meat!

  6. Sandy says:

    Deb, thanks for visiting me at my little blog! Your pork tenderloin dinner looks yummy! This is off topic but wanted to comment on the gold finches. If you want a good close-up, get as close as you can and then crop the photo in Picmonkey to get an amazing close-up photograph! These little birds won’t let me get too close with the camera.

  7. Lisa says:

    Pork tenderloin is a staple at our house. I cook it in thecrock pot and then shred it with 2 forks. Then I divide it up–1/3 left for pulled pork BBQ, then the 2/3s split between 2 freezer bags for pork and gravy. I too serve my pork and gravy with mashed taters and add a veggie for a quick meal. So I get three meals worth of meat for about $8.00–for a family of 5 adults that is great!
    Love that others stretch the meat for their meals also!

  8. Mary says:

    Great idea!! Love stretching the meals! Thanks for linking up over at the Homeacre Hop!! Join us again soon!

  9. Deb says:

    Great idea! I’ve got one portion of tenderloin in the freezer (Sams club buy and then seal a meal into my family size portions and frozen). Think it will go in the crock pot this week.

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