Got you with that title didn’t I? All joking aside, dinner is dismal if I don’t plan ahead and this week, I’m excited to join The Motherhood’s campaign in honor of National Pork Month (yes there really is a day, week, or month for everything!). Why pork? Because my kids always thought it was chicken and my husband and I were desperate for something other than spaghetti or anything made with ground turkey we weathered the picky years until our children became human. Now they are carnivores and every meal involves 2 pounds of meat, no matter what kind it is, and pork on the grill is a weekly staple.
In the next few days I’ll be heading over to Costco to check out their selection of pork tenderloin and then sharing an awesome recipe from our family favorites for you to try at home on your grill. I have to be honest, my husband will definitely help ~ after all his grill belongs to him ~ and I’m good with that. And a savvy scheduling Mom knows that planning a night on the grill translates to very little work for dinner that night if you play your cards right and your husband stakes his claim.
This week you can get $2.00 off a package of pork tenderloin. As a wholesome cut packing tons of flavors, ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast. Here are a few great resources to get you thinking about how you can introduce or make a splash with pork at your dinner table this fall:
Recipes and Tips: Costco’s “In The Warehouse” provides flavorful recipes and tips for preparing this week’s featured cut of pork. Check back weekly for fun, new information on Costco’s featured cuts: http://shop.costco.com/In-The-Warehouse/Index
News and Resources: PorkBeInspired.com is an awesome resource to help you better understand the different cuts of pork and ways you can work them into your menus. Visit http://www.porkbeinspired.com/CutsAndCooking.aspx.
Temperature Update: In May, the USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three-minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.
Look for my post at the end of this week and in the mean time, let me know if your family eats pork, what’s your favorite way to cook it?
Disclaimer: I retained by The Motherhood and compensated for this post. My family grills weekly and has eaten pork for years. To add to the natural fit of this opportunity, I love shopping in bulk to save time and money. Its easy to see how my opinions are my own.