Seriously Easy Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin has great macro-nutrients as it is no-carb, surprisingly low fat and mega high in protein. It cooks good in a crockpot and they sell for about $7-$15 a pop depending on the weight of course. We always have leftovers so considering that you get several meals out of it, that’s a great deal.

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198 calories per serving: 14g carbs, 24g protein, 4g fat

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-5 lb pork tenderloin depending on the size of your family. We can easily get 2 meals out of a 3 lb tenderloin.
  • cooking spray
  • garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder and/or any other seasonings you may fancy
  • 1 cup of water
  • fresh cut veggies –I use whatever I have lying around. Today is was broccoli, onion, potato and zucchini. Baby carrots also go great in this.
  • OPTIONAL: bbq sauce, ketchup or condiment for pork

Directions:

  1. Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
  2. Place tenderloin in crockpot and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
  4. 2 hours before you are ready to eat add your fresh cut veggies and 1 cup of water for moisture. There should be some moisture at the bottom of your crockpot from the pork but I like to pour a little over my veggies to make sure they cook well. Arrange your veggies so that they are sitting underneath your pork and down in the moisture.
  5. Sprinkle veggies with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir your veggies after 1 hour to make sure they’re cooking evenly.
  7. Once veggies seem tender (about 2 hours)–ENJOY!

 

I’ve been debating how to approach posting recipes because the reality is that I eat really repetitive and rather bland. If you’re looking for food that is super low in calories but tastes miraculously high in calories–you won’t find that here. (See previous post How I Feel About Food) For the most part, I eat to fuel. I don’t use an abundance of butter, cheese, cream cheese, etc which is what typically makes things OMG good, in my honest opinion. I save those things for rewards. There’s a million delicious recipes out there for tenderloin that require basting it in brown sugar, honey mustard and bbq sauce but I’d personally prefer to enjoy a serving of icecream before bed with those calories rather than having them smeared on my already delicious protein. The calories in this recipe are so low that you can guilt-free fill your plate up, I mean, within reason.

With that said, we had a zoo day today. Yay!:

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The hubs is working long hours so I never know when he’ll be here in the evenings. It made perfect sense to put dinner in the crockpot because who wants to slave in the kitchen after chasing two toddlers around the Houston Zoo all day?

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It seriously took 27 seconds for me to throw this in before we left.

The beauty of this “recipe” is that you can tweak it to appease toddlers and hearty husbands with a little ketchup or bbq sauce and that’s why I felt compelled to share it. If it will make 1. me 2. husband 3. toddlers happy then its a keeper. You can also use it for bbq sandwiches which is SO yummy with leftovers. I’ve even added it to macaroni for the kiddos.

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  1. Beverly

    May 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    After the high carb meals we have been eating the last couple of days, this sounds soooo good!😊

  2. Amanda Seamans

    May 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I tried your pork tenderloin tonight….super easy and yummy! 👌🏻

    1. kimberly.kahanek@yahoo.com

      May 9, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Oh yay! So glad you tried it! 😀

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