Video How to Reinvent Pork Tenderloin Throughout the Week

Pre marinated pork tenderloin might be the easiest go-to weeknight dinner ever.  Pile a bed of baby carrots, some sprigs of thyme and place the marinated pork tenderloin on top.  In 30 minutes, dinner is ready! I used Smithfield Herb and Garlic Pork Tenderloin for the recipes below, the flavors translate well no matter what dish you’re making.  The best part is the meat comes out tender and juicy, so reheating it for tacos or cubing it for a cobb salad means you’ll have melt in your mouth flavor the rest of the week.

Herb and Garlic Pork Tenderloin with roasted carrots
1 pre marinated pork tenderloin
8-10 medium tri colored carrots, peeled and cut into large slices on the bias
1 yellow onion, chopped into large slices
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme, destemmed
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375. In a large baking dish, toss the carrots, onion, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper and 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Spread evenly on the bottom of the baking dish.  Place the pork tenderloin on top and drizzle the other tablespoon of olive oil. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 145.  Let the meat rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve with roasted vegetables.


We usually find cobb salad made with cubed turkey.  Instead, ditch the deli meat and use this juicy pork tenderloin instead.  Layer the crispy, salty bacon, avocado, blue cheese, tomatoes and pork on top of a crunchy bed of lettuce and dinner is served!
Herb and Garlic Pork Tenderloin Cobb Salad
1/2 roasted pork tenderloin, cubed into bite sized pieces
3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 fully cooked bacon strips, chopped
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup favorite red wine vinaigrette
Place the lettuce in the bottom of a bowl.  Lay each of the chopped ingredients in a line, touching each other.  Serve with vinaigrette on the side so each person can scoop out the salad and dress their own plate.
Herb and Garlic Pork Tenderloin Street Tacos with Mango Salsa
1/2 pork tenderloin
8 small corn tortillas
mango salsa
shredded cabbage for garnish
cotija cheese (optional)
Mango Salsa
1 large mango, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 a jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine
1/3 red onion, diced
juice of 1 lime (start with half a lime and taste before adding the other half)
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, stemmed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients for the salsa and allow to rest at room temperature while you assemble the other ingredients.  Slice the pork tenderloin into thin strips.  Heat a grill and lightly grill the corn tortillas until charred and warmed through.  Fill each taco with a couple strips of pork, sprinkle some shredded cabbage and top with a small scoop of mango salsa. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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2 egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
9 oz sweetened shredded coconut
pinch of salt
bittersweet chocolate for dipping (optional)

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