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Sunday Slow Cooker:  Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears

Pork tenderloin is one of those often overlooked lean protein sources. Even as someone who pretty much thinks about food all day, for some reason I never think to plan a meal around it. But with around 160 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving, it’s a good option. In this fall recipe, the pork is cooked low and slow until it becomes fall apart tender. It is flavored with a great combination of balsamic, honey, and rosemary as well as some pears for extra flavor. One quick note, if you want your pears to “hold up” more, add them in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Also if you want a glaze for the pork, take the cooking liquid and reduce it in a sauce pan before serving.

Sunday Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
Nutritional Info: 216 calories, 4.1g of fat, 13.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 30.4g of protein, Sugars: 9.9g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. pork tenderloin trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (GF if needed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2-4 pears, sliced
  • 1-2 tsp rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, broth, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and rosemary.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add it to the slow cooker with the pears.
  3. Pour the sauce on top. Cook on high for 4 hours. Shred or slice and let sit in the sauce for 30 more minutes.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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12 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears

  1. Liz on October 20, 2013

    I love this recipe. Thank you. I also love using the slow cooker.

    Reply
  2. Beth on October 20, 2013

    This looks so good!! Could I use a 3# lean pork sirloin roast instead of a tenderloin?

    Reply
  3. Esta on October 27, 2013

    We don’t eat pork. Can I assume i can use Turkey or chicken in it’s place?

    Reply
    • Kristen on October 27, 2013

      Definitely :) For chicken or turkey breasts I would just adjust the cooking time to 4 hours so that they don’t overcook.

      Reply
  4. Bea on November 5, 2013

    I made this the fast way. 350 degrees for 90 minutes. We literally licked the plates and forks. I added 2 tbsp of dried minced onions. So easy and absolutely delicious. Good enough to make for others… :-)

    Reply
  5. Jeannine on January 26, 2014

    I’m going to use 2 one pound tenderloins. Is the cooking time going to be the same?

    Reply
  6. Dina on March 3, 2014

    I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer that’s just begging for this recipe! All I need is a few pears :-)

    Reply
  7. carson on July 25, 2014

    Can I use pork sirloin steaks for this recipe??

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    • Kristen on July 25, 2014

      I haven’t tried it so to be honest I am not really sure. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

      Reply
  8. Jenn on August 19, 2014

    Can I use minced garlic? I have it in hand…

    Reply

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