This healthy Instant Pot Ranch Pork Tenderloin is family friendly and absolutely no fuss! A quick and easy 21 Day Fix approved dish to make on a busy day! Slow Cooker directions, too!
Hey readers! This Ranch Pork Tenderloin recipe was originally posted only with Slow Cooker directions on 2/21/16 and I’ve just updated it with quick and easy Instant Pot directions! Enjoy!
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Well, hello “set it and forget it” slow-cooker gem! This is the perfect recipe to have on deck for the fam on one of those millions-of-things-to-do-no-time-to-cook days. I have to confess that I don’t use my slow-cooker as much as I’d like. The truth is, I’ve had more than a few less-than-stellar meals out of one. You let the darn thing cook all day expecting tender, flavorful, meaty goodness… but sometimes, you’re still left with less-than-flavorful shoe leather.
And then what? Because by then, it’s dinner time and you need to figure out a back-up plan, stat! Honestly, I don’t have time to figure out a back-up plan. I really just don’t. That’s why this recipe makes me so happy. Because every single time that I’ve made it, the pork has been SO tender, juicy and just plain delicious plus putting it together is a freaking breeze.
After the few minutes that it takes to trim the tenderloin, this main dish takes, oh, about 60 seconds to prepare. 60. Seconds. And that creamy, ranchy gravy that you make afterwards? Maybe another 5 -7 minutes max. And you’ll do that while your meat is resting anyway, so it’s really no extra time at all. You really can’t beat it. It doesn’t get any easier and it’s pretty darn tasty, too! Plus, GRAVY. Can we all just appreciate gravy for a minute? Like how I would be very happy to put it on just about anything. I might draw the line at cake, though. Maybe. Probably.
Aaaanyway… this dish came about because a friend asked me to fixify something that she saw on FB called Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops. The ingredients were pork chops, a packet of ranch dressing mix and a can of cream of chicken soup. So basically the direct opposite of everything we Fixers hold dear (I’m looking at you, fresh ingredients <3 <3). But no worries. My family and I selflessly consumed no less than three, no more than six (because I may have lost count) pork dinners. You know, for you. Altruism at it’s finest, my friends. 😉
Even though they all turned out well, I was trying to get the gravy to be the ranchiest that I could and I think I finally succeeded (it’s harder than you’d think!), if you try it please let me know! Oh, and let me just tell you how that creamy ranch gravy is ridiculous over some mashed potatoes. I mean dang! Is there anything better than healthy comfort food? Oh right, quick and easy healthy comfort food!
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Completely off-topic, the hubs and I had a date last night! Like an honest-to-goodness, get gussied up, go downtown to wine and dine date. It was amazing. We don’t have a ton of opportunity for date nights, so when one comes around (this time in the form of a sleepover at a friend’s) WE DO NOT MISS THAT OPPORTUNITY. You know what I’m talking about, parents.
We went to a restaurant in Louisville called Proof on Main and if you’re ever in the area (and consider yourself a foodie) you MUST go there. Not only did absolutely everything taste divine, but we had really great service and it’s just a really neat place to be. We were also super lucky that it coincided with some perfect weather, so we walked around downtown a bit, too. So basically the perfect night 😉 I’d love to know, what’s your favorite date night restaurant in your city?
Hope you and yours love this one!
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- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/8 tsp salt
- black pepper, I didn't measure this, but I used about 6 cranks of my peppermill 🙂
For the Instant Pot / Slow Cooker:
- 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 lbs), trimmed
- 1/2 cup low-sodium, fat free chicken broth
- 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid (if it makes slightly less liquid that's ok!)
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese (1% or 2%)
- 3 Tbs Greek yogurt (1%, 2% or non-fat)
- 4 tsp cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp dried dill
- chopped chives, however much you like!
- In a small bowl, mix together all of the ranch seasoning ingredients.
Instant Pot Directions:
- Place the tenderloin in the bottom of your Instant Pot and pat on all of the ranch seasoning so it sticks. Cover with the broth (you want some of the seasoning to fall into the broth). Close your lid, making sure your knob is set to "sealing" and set to manual for 5 minutes. Once it's done cooking, let the pressure naturally release (meaning do nothing) for 5 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure. Next, remove the lid, then remove the pork and put on a cutting board, loosely covered with foil to rest while you make the super-quick gravy.
- Remove 3/4 cup of the liquid from the slow-cooker and put it in a blender with the remaining gravy ingredients, (I used the smoothie cup that came with my blender and it worked great!) and blend everything until smooth. Put the contents back into your instant pot, turn on the saute function and whisk until thick and glorious.
- Slice the pork, divide into 4 servings and serve with the ranch gravy and top with some chives if ya like!
- Place your trimmed tenderloin in your slow-cooker and coat it with the seasoning on all sides, patting it on so it sticks. Do this in the slow-cooker so that all of the seasoning gets in there and doesn't get left behind on a cutting board or something, because, hey, you just spent the last 30 seconds whipping it together and you will not have your work wasted!
- Pour the chicken broth over all. Cook on low for 4 hours (do not cook any longer than this!)
- After the 4 hours are up, place your pork on a cutting board and tent it with a piece of foil to rest while you make the crazy-quick gravy.
- Remove 3/4 cup of the liquid from the slow-cooker and put it in a blender (I used the blender cup that came with my ninja and it worked great!) To the blender, add the remaining gravy ingredients and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour the contents of the blender into a small pot and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until thickened into a gravy. This takes just a few minutes.
- Slice the pork, serve with the gravy and chives (and if you're really smart, some mashed potatoes) and enjoy!
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving 1 1/4 Red
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 4
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: about 3/4 cup of sliced pork and 5 Tbs of gravy
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184 Total Fat: 3g
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