Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin.

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin - Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin.

Over the last few weeks since hubby and I have been “watching what we eat,” our meals have become simpler. With a hearty protein at the center and lots of fruits and veg all around, meals have been easier to prepare and increasingly tasty.

Hubs thinks that since we’re cutting out excess fats and sugars, the flavors of our food are becoming more distinct to our taste buds. I don’t know what it is, but I like it.

One of the meals that we’ve enjoyed has been grilled pork tenderloin. This had never been something I served my family until I was doing recipe testing for The Cookbook. One of my family’s favorite meals in the book is the Caribbean Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa.

Pork tenderloin is now a surefire favorite. And there are rarely any leftovers. Rubbing it with a custom seasoning blend and grilling it over the fire is a super-simple, healthy way to serve it. And now that the USDA has lowered the safe cooking temp on pork, you can enjoy tenderloin that really is tender and juicy.

Buying spices in bulk and mixing them yourself is a great way to save money and add flavor. This seasoning blend which evokes a little Cajun flair goes great on any of grilled meats. The spice-rubbed tenderloin is delicious with Peach Salsa on top.

This post was originally posted on August 13, 2012.

Disclosure: I received products and product coupons from Hormel Foods as part of my participation in the Hormel Foods Extended Family Preferred Blogger Program. All opinions about the products are my own.

Grocery Geek Q&A: Reducing Grocery Spending

Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill?

Reducing Grocery Spending - Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill?

Sarah wrote in with the following dilemma:

I currently live in a four person household (five if you count my dog). I am the only female, I live with three males, my husband and two sons (age 8 and 11).

I have currently whittled my budget down to 200 dollars every two weeks but that DOES NOT count additional stops for bananas (every two days we go through three bunches), milk or bread. I often double or sometimes triple meals and I am lucky if I have enough to put together one lunch for my husband the next day. I stretch with vegetables or pasta wherever I can (or you know the odds and ends that can stretch a meal out if you get real creative).

I find that the bigger meals (and the fact that they seem to be ALWAYS EATING) really busts my budget. I also bake often (five out of seven days a week) and make double or triple batches of pancakes, french toast, baked eggs that I can rewarm and fill in with smoothies or salads. I can’t crock soup anymore because it’s just too hot and really not soup weather.

Both my husband and I work full time and my paycheck alone is what pays for us to eat. How can I whittle it down even more and still have healthy meals that fill them? Or am I expecting too much? Please can you help me?

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