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Pork Tenderloin and Beans: 30 Minute Meal

Pork Tenderloin and Black Bean Dinner on Whisk Together

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Pork Tenderloin and Black Bean Dinner on Whisk Together-2776

I liked this recipe because it is fast and tasty.  The entire meal includes two side dishes that are pretty healthy for you as well: beans, onions and peppers.  Our pork tenderloin comes from Costco at $3.99 per pound.  The other grocery stores also sell it at that price, but only when on sale.  So, $5 for the meat, 99 cents for the beans and $2 for the peppers and we feed 4 people for $8.  It isn’t the cheapest way to go… but still cheaper than dining out.  Could this be made with chicken?  Sure!

Pork Tenderloin and Beans: 30 Minute Meal
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 Tb. lime juice (fresh or bottled), divided
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin, divided
  • salt
  • 1 and ½ lbs. pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and silver skim
  • 2 Tb. olive oil, divided
  • 3 orange or red peppers (green will work too), cut into strips
  • 1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix half the onion, 2 Tb. lime juice, ½ tsp. cumin and pinch of salt.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tb. olive oil on medium high. Brown the pork for 8 minutes. Put the pork into a roasting pan, cookie sheet or casserole dish. and cook about 15 minutes or until 145 degrees.
  4. Now, into that empty skillet on the stove add the rest of the olive oil. Add the peppers. Cook a few minutes until a little soft. Add ½ cup water and some salt. Let sizzle and cook off for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the onion/lime juice mixture.
  5. In a medium bowl, toss the beans, other half of the onion, honey and cilantro with 1 Tb. lime juice. Put this in the microwave for about 45 seconds if you want the beans slightly warmed.
Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine


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