Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin - a Three Meal Meat.

Lately, for a variety of reasons, I have been experimenting with making the food budget stretch, but without eating macaroni & cheese or Ramen noodles every day.

It's like a challenge to myself.  I love to challenge myself.

Anyway, one of the things I have been experimenting with is the creative use of leftovers.  RJ is NOT a fan of leftovers.  He wants a NEW meal every day, like any man has a God-given right to have.


Instead of giving in to that, I have basically been tricking him into thinking entirely new meals have been created out of aforementioned leftovers.  This particular three day long feast has been one of my successes.

a 2 lb. pork tenderloin.  This one happened to be teriyaki flavored, but you can use any kind you want.  It's not like I'm going to come to your house to check.  Anyway, I cut this one onto three pieces (cause I was going to use it for three meals), browned in in some olive oil in a skillet, then baked it at 375 for a little over an hour.



Take one third of the pork.  Slice it.  Serve with garlic smashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables.  Easy peasy.  I also made a gravy out of the pan drippings, some flour and some broth. 


Thinly slice the next third of the pork.  Thinly slice half an onion and some button mushrooms, and heat in some oil in a skillet.  Add a couple tablespoons of teriyaki sauce.  Cover the whole mess with some Swiss cheese and serve it on warmed hoagie rolls.  I served this with store bought fries.  Delightful, and really different than the previous night's meal.  RJ never knew he was eating leftovers.  


Chop the rest of the remaining pork up and heat in oil in a large wok or skillet or whatever.  Add an onion, some mushrooms, any vegetables you have lurking in the fridge and a small bag of frozen Asian style vegetables.  Saute until the veggies are soft, then add in a couple splashes of yesterday's teriyaki sauce.  Heat through, and serve over rice.  Voila!  Three meals, one meat, nobody knows you just stretched $8 into three separate dishes.  


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