Pork Tenderloin 2 Ways

I love Summer!  I love having my kiddos home from school.  But I have to admit, the beginning of Summer is a  bit like child birth.  (If you home school then this may not resonate with you, or maybe it will.)  I look so forward to having the kids home, I can’t wait, I anticipate it, I plan for it, and then when school is finally out and they are home all day everyday.  IT HURTS!  No schedule!  Eating around the clock!  Wet bathing suits everywhere.  No one wanting to do the same thing, everyone going in opposite directions. Stretching my patience, no time to myself,  Ow-Weeee….Hep meh………..I want an epi-DUR-ale!!!

But then I fall into the routine of chaos, and the pain lessons, and I have a few more cocktails than usual, and life is good!  I’m beyond thankful to be able to stay home with my four kiddos, to cart them hither and yon, to cook round the clock.  It may sound like they are spoiled rotten….which in all reality they are, but they do have chores, (most of which they do not get paid for, it’s just part of being on the team), and I do on occasion say NO!  The kitchen is closed, the chauffeur is off duty, but not too often.

During school I need to get creative, about getting dinner on the table because my kids are so busy with sports and different schedules, and then come Summer I need to get creative so I’m not cooking non-stop.  I try to cook meals that I can eeak 2 or three meals out of one.  Pork tenderloin is so versatile.   So here’s how you can can squeeze two easy meals (plus a lunch if you have left overs from the second meal) out of 4 pounds of Pork Tenderloin.  I purchased mine at Costco, paid around $18 for 4+ pounds.  I’d say that’s alot of eating for a family of 6, for under $20!


Plum & Soy Pork Tenderloin is super easy.  If you are having
guest over, this meal would really impress and take hardly anytime at all to make!



Pulled Pork Tacos are one of my families favorite meals, there are rarely leftovers, but if there are the get gobbled up at lunch the next day. This would also be a great casual meal to serve when having friends over!





I don’t know what your weather is like this Summer, but here in the Mitten it is hot and dry.  It rained for about 10 minutes this morning, but I don’t even think the ground got wet the water evaporated before it made it to the earth!!!

I hope my 2 meals in 1 helps you have more chill time and less kitchen time.

Enjoy! Sheila

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  1. 1
    Sandy k :

    Oh Sheila! I can totally relate to every aspect of this post! I am in the midst of preparing food for our 2 week camping trip to the UP with our family of 6. Not an easy task!! These recipes look amazing!

    • 1.1
      Sheila :

      Oh Sandy, I feel your pain. We have camped before, it takes careful planning to do cooking while camping well. Have fun! Stay cool, and enjoy your family! Thanks for stopping by ; D Sheila

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    Krista f. :

    Yumm! Pork tenderloin is a fav at our house! Tacos is my personal favorite.


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