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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

  3. Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 

  4. Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.

  5. Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.

  6. Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 

  7. Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.

  8. Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 

  9. Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 

  10. Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Potassium 569mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak (Whole30, Low Carb)

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you’ll want over and over again! 

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

I grew up in the east coast in a small suburban town in New Jersey. I do identify myself as a New Yorker because I spent 10 years there starting in college, but throughout all that time, I’ve made several trips to Philadelphia which was close and convenient enough to jump on a bus and go.

There, I’ve had countless number of Philly cheesesteaks (half of them sober) and they were freakin’ delicious. What’s not to love about thinly sliced steak and veggies covered in cheese all nestled in a bun?

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

These days, I avoid cheese and bread so I decided to make my own allergen-friendly version, and this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak takes me right back to my college days. This version is also super easy because everything is baked in one pan, making the cooking and cleaning process a breeze without sacrificing on the flavor. My husband, who is the dishwasher in the house, loves sheet pan meals especially!

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Keeping It Dairy and Gluten Free

Philly cheesesteaks are usually served with melted provolone cheese, but I decided to make a delicious and creamy cashew cheese to drizzle over the cooked meat and vegetables instead. The combination of textures and flavors is just so delicious and you won’t miss the dairy at all!

As for the bread, I don’t really miss that part so I just eat this Paleo Philly Cheesesteak alone (the filling is the best part, after all), but if you want, you can get gluten free bread or even tortillas to eat it like tacos. I really love Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas.

Just because you are avoiding dairy, gluten, or any other food groups, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious foods! You just gotta get a bit creative in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak, and please comment with your feedback because I love reading them.

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you'll want over and over again! 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak or ribeye steak
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers cut into strips
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced

Steak and Vegetable Seasoning

Cashew Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a sheet pan or line it with parchment paper.

  2. Place the steak in the middle of the sheet pan and spread the vegetables around it.  

  3. Whisk together the steak and vegetable seasoning and pour it over the steak and vegetables. 

  4. Gently toss together and massage the seasoning into the steak, and distribute evenly. 

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. While the steak is baking place all ingredients for the cashew cheese in the a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Set aside.

  7. Once the steak and vegetables are done baking, turn on the broiler and broil for 5 minutes. 

  8. Remove from the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

  9. Serve drizzled with the cashew cheese sauce. 

  10. Eat it alone, or with Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas to keep it gluten free!

Nutrition Facts
Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 758mg 32%
Potassium 801mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 63.7%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that’s paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.

I can’t believe I haven’t had a classic Italian meatballs recipe on my blog until now. It’s mostly because my husband isn’t a huge fan of tomatoes or tomato based sauces, but I love them. I still make them and he’ll eat them, but I try not to make it too many times in the week for his sake.

However, these Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce might be on regular rotation because they are SO comforting and delicious, so I’m planning to make them again and again (sorry, Charlie!).

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

With the weather cooling down and the days getting shorter, I’ve been craving comfort food more and more. These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce fit the bill and are great for the entire family, even kids will go crazy for these! Best of all, it’s easy to make a large batch of (takes only 30 minutes!) and easy to cleanup since it’s all made in the Instant Pot, so it’s a good one to make on a busy weeknight.

With spices like oregano, garlic, and onions, it has all the familiar and cozy flavors that everyone loves!

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Keeping it Whole30 or Low Carb

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are fantastic on their own, but they are saucy enough that you can serve over your favorite gluten free pasta or some white rice.

However, if you are doing the Whole30 challenge or you want to keep low carb, you can serve them over:

  • zucchini noodles,
  • spaghetti squash,
  • or cauliflower rice.

These options are also a great way to add some extra veggies into your diet. These meatballs also freeze and defrost beautifully without changing the texture or flavors so go make them a big batch to enjoy for days!

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 388 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that's paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.

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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Chopped parsley and red pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix together. Do not overmix.

  2. Roll into balls the size of golf balls and set aside.

  3. Set the Instant Pot on Sautè and add avocado oil.

  4. Once the Instant Pot signals that it's "hot,' add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.

  5. Press Cancel on the Instant Pot, and then add crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and sea salt. 

  6. Add the meatballs and gently spoon the sauce from the bottom until they are coated with sauce.

  7. Close the lid, make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. 

  8. Cook on Manual on high pressure for 7 minutes.

  9. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

  10. Open the lid and serve over cooked spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1273mg 53%
Potassium 720mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 14.2%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 22.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.