Skinny, Crock-Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

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 of the usual sour cream and butter. You could even serve it as a hot open-faced sandwich with sauce drizzled over the top. Each serving has 206 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 4 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green.

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 tips

1 cup onions, chopped

½ cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup water

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten-free)

1 tablespoon fresh garlic cloves, chopped

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


Instructions

1. Place pork tenderloin in crock-pot.  Sprinkle onions over top and surround the pork. In a small bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set the 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 Benefits

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 Tips

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


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
4-Blue
WW SmartPoints
5-Green
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

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
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
186 calories, 2g sat. fat, 9g protein, 7g sugar

Comments

  1. Hello,
    I made this pork recipe tonight and calculated it to my freestyle and it says 6 points. Not the 4 you had, how did you get 4?
    Thank you.

  2. Theresa, I just checked my calculations again and still get 4 Freestyle Points. I use a site to do all of my Skinny Facts on Spark Recipes-https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp
    Maybe the pork in this program is different then Weight Watchers.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  3. Connie,

    I just redid my skinny facts and ww calculations and still got 4 freestyle points. The vinegar, soy sauce, onions and garlic are all 0 points.

    All the best,
    Nancy

  4. Your recipe is delicious. Sometimes when I make this I replace the garlic cloves with garlic powder, add a little salt and mix with the red pepper flakes, then rub it over the pork. I usually brown the tenderloin on all sides before adding to my crockpot. Regardless of which way you make it the meat is moist, tender and absolutely yummy. Thank you, Nancy!

  5. Jeanne, I love the sound of what you do sometimes! I’m going to try it. I love Trader Joe’s garlic salt I plan to use that and not add any salt.
    Thanks for sharing!
    My best,
    Nancy

  6. As far as I know pork tenderloin does not have a bone. I agree that it looks like a pork loin. My grocery store sometimes call it a tenderloin, but it’s not.

  7. Jill, I bought the pork tenderloin at Trader Joe’s and it was boneless.
    Maybe that happened in my case.
    In any event, it’s super easy to make and so good!
    My best,
    Nancy

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