This herbed pork tenderloin will make your taste buds sing! It's also going to make that 'what's for dinner' daily song that plays in your head melt away…at least for the day. I love slow cooker meals. I love how fast they are to get going in the ...


Slow Cooker Herbed Pork Tenderloin - $5 Dinners

Slow Cooker Herbed Pork Tenderloin

slow cooker herbed pork tenderloin

This herbed pork tenderloin will make your taste buds sing! It’s also going to make that ‘what’s for dinner’ daily song that plays in your head melt away…at least for the day.

I love slow cooker meals. I love how fast they are to get going in the morning…especially when it’s a “freezer to slow cooker” meal like this one. With this meal, you can freeze the herbs and pork tenderloin together and then start it cooking in the morning in your slow cooker.

If you want to start cooking it from partially thawed or mostly frozen, then you’re going to want to cook it on low for at least 8 hours. In that time, it will finish thawing and cook too.

I like to serve this one with some veggies and bread…but whatever sides your family loves will be perfect with this herbed pork tenderloin!

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Slow Cooker Herbed Pork Tenderloin

Yield – 6-8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in the slow cooker


  • 2 lb(s) pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Fresh veggies, as side dish
  • Dinner rolls, as side dish (substitute a gluten free side for a GF meal)


  • Place the pork roast into the base of the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, toss together the minced onion, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil and dried rosemary.
  • Add the herb mixture directly onto the pork roast, pressing lightly. If your slow cooker tends to run hot and dry out food, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water around the pork roast.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours. Once finished cooking, slice the pork roast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare veggies.
  • Warm the dinner rolls.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Herb Pork Tenderloin with veggies and dinner rolls.

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The Instant Pot Might Be Sending The Slow Cooker into Retirement??

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I know. I’m a big dork. Specifically a kitchen appliance dork. And do dorky things, like hug my Instant Pot. I just get really excited when there are kitchen and time saving hacks to be shared.

(I have and recommend the DUO for busy families.)

Yeah, so…the Instant Pot very well may send my slow cooker into retirement. Or it’s just going to end up being a dead even race for how often each is used in my kitchen on a weekly basis. I’ve used my slow cooker at least 3 times a week, for years. And slowly over the past year, the Instant Pot has started to take over…and is now being used at least 2 times a week. On occasion, 3 times a week. I’m still using my slow cooker, yes. But now our schedule is needing more Instant Pot meals. And every now and again, it’ll be used to make our “second dinner.”


First, let’s talk about this…

What is an Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)?

Electric Pressure Cooking 101 (ICON_04)

The new generation of electric pressure cookers work to heat and pressurize the food inside the appliance. The pressure and heat builds inside of the machine, then it heats on and off and maintains the pressure as the food cooks, and then once cooked the pressure is released and your dinner is ready.

The Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker (EPC) is another great tool in your kitchen to help you save time and help make getting dinner on the table easier. And usually faster. (See below.)

It’s a great way to have a “fix it and forget it” type meal, especially if you often forget to start the slow cooker in the morning.

And it’s a better and faster way to make boiled eggs, dry beans, roasts and more.

Is It Really That Much Faster?

Yes and No. The answer is yes and no. It does cook your food faster. But it also takes time to come to pressure and to release the pressure.

It’s faster because once you set it to cooking, it’s “hands off” and you end up with a delicious, perfectly cooked meal. But, you do need to build in enough time into your ‘cooking schedule’ to make sure it has time to come to pressure and release the pressure.

What Are My Favorites in the Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker?

Yes, I have been using my IP more, but I’m still using my slow cooker – it’s probably a neck and neck tie at this point. I think which food to cook in which appliance is a matter of personal preference.

Here’s mine…

I prefer the slow cooker for shredded meats and roasts that become shredded beef/pork. Like this shredded chicken, or this pulled pork.

I’ve made these in the Instant Pot and they are great, but I prefer the softer, more tenderized version from being slow cooked for 8 hours on low. I still love slow cooker roasts for shredded meats because the meat is so tender, and falls apart…and is easy for the boys to cut themselves!

(Yes, the IP has a slow cook function, but the cooking time is only 4 hours. So that’s something to consider with your cooking schedule.)

I prefer the Instant Pot for roasts that will be sliced as roasts. They cook much faster and much softer than the oven, but aren’t as fall apart tender as the slow cooker. Which makes them perfect for slicing and serving a “roast beef” style meat.

Other foods that I prefer in the Instant Pot:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Steel cut oatmeal
  • Steamed Salmon (recipe coming later this week)
  • Steamed veggies
  • Brown rice
  • Roasts for slicing
  • Whole Chicken
  • Dried beans

This preferred list is based on the dramatic increase in cooking time, as well as being “hands off” – set and forget kind of cooking. That’s just what this busy mama needs!



From what I gather about the Instant Pot, you are most likely one of the following:

  1. No idea what it is. (I hope the above info helps.)
  2. Have one and it’s still in the box.
  3. Have one, but are terrified that you’ll blow up your kitchen and cinge your ebe
  4. Already an IP Cooking Rockstar!

If #1, #2, #3 applies to you, I’d love to help you get to #4 quickly – so that the Instant Pot/EPC becomes a part of your regular cooking routine!

Learn More about My Electric Pressure Cooking 101 Online Class!


How You Can Make Money for Losing Weight


I’m obsessed with finding economical ways to eat well, so the idea of making money from eating well fits right into my plan! I know many folks struggle with weight loss motivation, and everyone loves interesting ways to make extra money. I’ve found a new concept and program that helps you kill both birds with one stone. I was suspicious at first, but after extensive research, conversations with the people involved, and reading about all the winners, I can barely contain my excitement!

Meet HealthyWage

HealthyWage is a company that runs weight loss wagers with cash prizes (up to $10,000), and supercharges your diet with structure, accountability, fun and cash. You can more than triple your investment and win lots of money, but the coolest part is the academic research, which says a weight loss bet makes you much more likely to achieve your weight loss goal.

The reason most people haven’t heard of HealthyWage (yet) is that HealthyWage has mostly worked in corporate wellness until now, running large weight loss wagering programs for employers in the Fortune 500 and government. HealthyWage is highly reputable in the corporate space (I checked), but now they’ve branched out to bring weight loss betting to the masses.

The concept is super cool. You get to choose the amount you want to wager and the prize amount (up to $10,000). You choose your weight loss goal and time frame. You conduct your weigh-ins using the HealthyWage app and any bathroom scale (takes about 30 seconds). If you achieve your weight loss goal, HealthyWage will pay your prize. It’s as simple as that.

How HealthyWage Works

1. Start at the HealthyWage Prize Calculator, where you’ll enter how much weight you want to lose (10-150 pounds, minimum 10% of your starting weight), how long you’ll take (six to 18 months) and how much you want to bet ($20-$150/month). Based on that information, the calculator will determine your prize amount, up to $10,000!

2. Sign up and lay down your bet. You agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.

3. Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!

4. If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.
Ready to get started? Enter your information in the HealthyWage Prize Calculator to find out how much you can win!

HealthyWage Success Stories

Stephanie S. from Lancaster, TX


  • Total Prize: $1,422.92
  • Return on Investment: 216%
  • HealthyWager Goal: 40 Pounds
  • Weight Loss Achieved: 49 Pounds
  • Monthly Wager: $75
  • Bet Length: 6 months
  • Total Wager: $450
  • Net Prize: $832.92
  • Experiments Tried Before Bet: 1

Stephanie says, “I LOVE HealthyWage! I share it with everyone and attribute it to helping me lose weight (and keep it off)!”

Bekah C. from North Charleston, SC


  • Total Prize: $1,475.33
  • Return on Investment: 227.85%
  • HealthyWager Goal: 50 Pounds
  • Weight Loss Achieved: 54 Pounds
  • Monthly Wager: $50
  • Bet Length: 9 months
  • Total Wager: $450
  • Net Prize: 1,025.33
  • Experiments Tried Before Bet: 2

Bekah says, “If you want to do it, you can do it. I never thought I could do it but HealthyWage gives you the [structure] to help you succeed.”

Kayla C. from Springfield, MO


  • Total Prize: $1,358.27
  • Return on Investment: 239.6%
  • HealthyWager Goal: 50 Pounds
  • Weight Loss Achieved: 52 Pounds
  • Monthly Wager: $50
  • Bet Length: 8 months
  • Total Wager: $400
  • Net Prize: $958.27
  • Experiments Tried Before Bet: 6

Kayla says, “I wanted something to motivate me to actually lose weight instead of just spinning my wheels in the gym and eating terribly. I tried tons of things and turns out money is a great motivator for me.”

Sarah H. from Portland, OR


  • Total Prize: $2,251.42
  • Return on Investment: 221.6%
  • HealthyWager Goal: 60 Pounds
  • Weight Loss Achieved: 61 Pounds
  • Monthly Wager: $100
  • Bet Length: 7 months
  • Total Wager: $700
  • Net Prize: $1,551.42
  • Experiments Tried Before Bet: 8

Sarah says, “Before the challenge, I felt stuck. I was doing things but not getting anywhere. But after the challenge, it was the push I needed to go father and commit more fully. I went from a size 24/26 to a 20 to a 15. I dropped a lot of pant sizes fast, that was kind of awesome.”

I love reading and hearing these success stories! If I’m going to make a bet on anything, it’s going to be myself and my health. And I love that there is now a way to incorporate money into motivating your weight loss.

You tell me: What’s helped you lose weight successfully?


Chicken Nacho Salad

Chicken Nacho Salad 5 Dollar Dinners

I heart salads. And I’m really crushing hard on the crunchiness of this Chicken Nacho Salad. It’s all that I love in a good plate of nachos…but mixed together as a salad.

Sliced tomatoes, sliced avo, little shredded mozz tossed with some shredded chicken, romaine and crushed tortilla chips. Drizzle a vinaigrette over the top and you’ve got yourself a great and filling salad.

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken from the slow cooker.  Toss it on a salad with the other leftover nachos or Taco Tuesday fixins.

And bam…simple and delicious lunch or dinner is ready!

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Chicken Nacho Salad

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 2 romaine hearts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
  • about 2 cups tortilla  chips, crushed
  • 2 avocados, seeded and diced
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • about 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Favorite vinaigrette dressing


  • In a large bowl, toss together the cut Romaine lettuce, rotisserie chicken, crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, sliced tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Add salad onto serving plates and drizzle with vinaigrette dressing.
  • Serve Chicken Nacho Salad for lunch, or with some fruit or soup for dinner.

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