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Fast & Fool-Proof Lean Pork Recipes

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD Wellness Services Corporate Dietitian

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Oct 23rd, 2018

Pineapple Pork Fried Rice

Have you taken a fresh look at lean pork recently? When some people hear the word “pork,” they immediately think of bacon, pork sausage or pork ribs but these options are typically higher in price and calories. What many people don’t realize is that the two leanest cuts of pork (pork tenderloin and pork sirloin) can actually be as low as $3.99 to $6.49 per pound and one pound of pork can make up to 4 servings, costing a little over a dollar per serving (SCORE!).

Read on to see three ways to prepare the two leanest cuts of pork and what makes them both healthier and more cost effective options!

Pork Sirloin

Lean pork can contain over 25 grams of protein! Even the two leanest cuts pack a powerful protein punch with roasted pork tenderloin containing 26 grams of protein per 3.5-ounce serving. Check out this super simple Quick-to-Fix Pork Carnitas recipe for a protein-packed topping for nachos or tostados and as a filling for quesadillas, burritos and so much more! Which are you dying to try?

Pork Nachos

Pork Tenderloin

Both boneless pork sirloin roast and pork tenderloin are certified with the American Heart Association’s Heart Check Program. Pork tenderloin especially is considered an “extra lean” meat and contains less than 5 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100-gram serving, meaning you can enjoy guilt-free. Roasted pork sirloin even contains 29 grams of protein per serving. Try using perfectly tender and tasty pork tenderloin in this recipe for Pineapple Pork Fried Rice, packed with protein and flavor!

Pineapple Pork Fried Rice

Looking for a recipe you can throw in the slow cooker and forget? You might try this gourmet, easy-to-make recipe for Coconut Curry Pork Bowls! For a quicker option, use your Instant Pot! With so many optional toppings, this recipe is as customizable as it is delicious. Will you top with toasted coconut, cilantro, green onion, cashews, peanuts or all of the above?

Pork Curry

Pork tenderloin is the most tender cut, making it simple to grill! Averaging a little over a pound, two pork tenderloins are the perfect size for a family of four (or the perfect size for two people who love leftovers)!

Because there is no need to cut off visible fat or work around a bone, pork tenderloin is a super versatile, user-friendly protein. Add any rub or a marinade to the pork and throw it on the grill, cooking to internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for about six to eight minutes per side over medium-high heat for a simple meal in minutes!

Starving for more pork inspo? Check out our Pinterest page for recipes!

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