Skinny, Crock-Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

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Balsamic pork tenderloin
It’s delicious beyond words…This pork recipe just melts in your mouth! So easy, it’s perfect for a busy weeknight supper but fabulous enough for company. The sauce is really, really good. I love to serve this with a baked potato and mash some sauce in it, instead the usual sour cream and butter. You could even serve it as an hot open faced sandwich with sauce drizzled over the top. Each serving has 206 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low heat


Ingredients

1½ pounds boneless pork tenderloin, see shopping tip

1 cup onions, chopped

½ cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup water

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon fresh garlic cloves, chopped

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


Instructions

1. Place pork tenderloin in crock-pot.  Sprinkle onions over top and around pork. In a small bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set timer for crock-pot, 2½-3 hours on High or cook on Low heat for5 ½-6 hours. The cook time varies a bit depending on your crock-pot.

2. Once the pork has cooked, remove from crock-pot onto a cutting board. Cut pork into thin slices. Add pork slices to a serving dish. Pour about ½ cup of sauce including onions over pork. You only use half the sauce. Note: the Skinny Facts were calculated using ½ cup of sauce.
The leftover sauce is great to use mashed into a baked potato or drizzle over leftover chicken or beef, if desired.

Makes 5 servings, Each serving about 5 ounces sliced pork plus sauce (the pork does shrink a bit when cooked)


Healthy Benefit

Pork tenderloin is a very lean meat choice. It’s a good source of B vitamins. It also contains thiamin, magnesium, iron and zinc, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-6. When it comes to thiamin, pork tenderloin is one of the best natural sources and the meat contains nearly half of the recommended daily allowance of niacin.


Shopping Tip

Most supermarkets sell pork tenderloin. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
206 calories, 5g fat, 1.8g sat. fat, 90mg chol, 30g prot, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 224mg sodium, 7g sugar