Stuffed Pork and Salty Sweet Cravings

*Note from Sarah: Here’s another post from Erika, my awesome assistant who also happens to be a college student living paleo on a budget.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Pork and Salty Sweet Cravings

Time for another college budget friendly meal! On tonight’s menu; sun dried tomato stuffed pork, zucchini and for dessert salty sweet cravings.

I was feeling creative tonight and wanted to try something new and fun for dinner. I opened my freezer and refrigerator to find a pork tenderloin, sun dried tomatoes, minced garlic, and fresh basil.  The basil was home grown by yours truly (bonus point: free ingredient!). Put it all together and you get Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork.

Sundried Tomato Stuffed Pork

2 pound Pork Tenderloin

1 8.5 oz jar sundried tomato haves

1 T minced garlic

7 Fresh basil leaves

Butterfly pork tenderloin. On one side spread the sun dried tomato and garlic. Lay the basil leaves on top of the tomatoes fold over the other half of the pork over and tie the pork with 3-4 pieces of string so that the stuffing stays in while cooking. Sear the pork on a hot BBQ for 5 minutes on each side and finish in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Feeds: 8

Total Coast:  $10

Coast per person: $1.25

Here is another cheap and easy recipe for those who are battling mid-day, late night, or anytime cravings for something salty, sweet and still paleo. This snack won’t break the bank and chances are you already having the ingredients on hand.

Salty Sweet Cravings

1 ½ cups unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

1 tsp sea salt

Melt coconut oil in a medium size microwave safe bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes and sea salt mix until all the flakes are evenly coated. Line a cookie sheet with foil and evenly spread out the coconut flakes. Bake at 350 for 4 1/2 minutes or until golden brown (make sure to watch them because they will go from golden brown to yucky burnt fast!)

Feeds: 12

Total cast:  $18

Coast per person: $1.50

Dinner and dessert together $2.75 a person!


    • Erika Schuler says

      if you have a Raley’s grocery store near you they have a great deal going on for meats right now… buy one get the second free!! Im was in paleo budget heaven!

    • Sarah says

      Hi Misty! This was posted by my assistant Erika so I did not know that she found the recipe from you. Where can I link to in order to give you credit? Thank you!

      • Erika Schuler says

        Misty i am happy you commented, i couldn’t find your email and was blanking on your name :( i figured you would see it on the post. You are right they hit the spot for something sweet, my roommates even said it was better than candy!!

      • Lynn says

        I made this wonderful coconut concoction and added madadamia nuts. We grilled fresh pineapple slices and served the coconut/macadamia nut on top. Out of this world! I am on week 4 of my Paleo journey and am reaping so many rewards! I am below 120 for the first time in 15 years and my arthritis is greatly reduced. Hoping it will help keep my Sjogrens under control in time.

    • Erika says

      Misty I’m glad you comment I couldn’t find your email and figured you would see it and post something! You are right they are amazing for that sweet craving. My roommates called it better than candy!

  1. Marcheline says

    (still giggling) I was sitting here trying to figure out what “Total Cast” and “Total Coast” were about, and then I realized it’s probably drinking wine while posting…. am I right? 😎

    • Sarah says

      Oh, I’m ALWAYS drinking wine. ; ) How do you think I survive with three crazy boys, two dogs, and my insanely sweet yet overly energetic husband!!

    • Erika Schuler says

      Marcheline- this one one is my fault… apparently the college education hasn’t kicked in yet haha

      unfortunately i can’t blame it on wine, but i can blame it on a crazy college life between midterms, cooking, working and trying to help put up Christmas lights (yes i know its super early but hey i like to be prompt :) )

  2. Heather says

    Where does one buy coconut flakes that are that big? All I can ever find is shredded coconut flakes. There are no Trader Joes or Whole Foods any where near me.

    • Erika Schuler says

      heather do you have a raley’s near you?! The brand i buy is Bob’s Red Mill, you can google search for the company and i think they have a contact number on the website so you can call and order their product… you can also buy it on amazon, you can get a pack of 4 (12 oz packages) you can get it for as cheap as $12… so it end up being ruffly $3 each. its a pretty good deal.

      • michele says

        I get most of my coconut products from Tropical Traditions…they have great prices and are one of the few companies that ship to my little island without breaking the bank in shipping costs.
        They have alot of organic products, grass fed meats, etc.

    • Rhonda says

      If you’re anywhere in the western states give Azure Standard a try. They are a farmers co-operative out of Oregon and carry MANY things, bulk items are usually cheaper than I can get elsewhere. I get chipped coconut from them =)

  3. says

    I went to pick out a pork tenderloin and only got a half of one (4lb) and it was $12 by itself! Then the jar of sun dried tomatoes was another $6. Where are earth are you able to buy meat so cheap? Also, the only pork tenderloin I’ve found is FULL of all kinds of salt and chemicals to make it tender. I’d love to know what kind of meat you are using for this. I’m going to make it tonight and my total cost was more like $20 for this meal. A splurge for our budget since that doesn’t even cover the veggies I intend to saute. I bet it will taste great though!

    • says

      OK, so I misread the lbs of meat required. I could see how a 2 lb roast would ring in closer to $10 rather than $20. It was wonderful, by the way. RAVE reviews from Husband who is not totally on board with this whole Paleo life I’ve adopted.

      • Akatsukami says

        Are you certain that you are purchasing pork TENDERLOIN and not pork LOIN? These are different cuts; the pork tenderloin is much smaller (about a pound, in my experience).

  4. eunice says

    hi. from where i live, you’ll see coconut wherever you look.. its easy for me to buy fresh coconut milk and shredded coconut in the nearby market. would it be alright if i substitute the coconut flakes with shreds? would there be a difference anyway? sorry i really dont know the difference between the 2..

  5. Nadine says

    I’m a paleo newbie and just discovering these recipes. I’m making this recipe for the first time. Is there a specific brand of sundried tomatoes I should use? Or is any kind paleo friendly?
    Thanks :@)

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