Sheet Pan Pork with Fall Veggies - A fall inspired pork dinner, ready in about 30 minutes and cooked on a single sheet pan to minimize cleanup. Perfect for any night of the week, even the busy ones!Jump to Recipe-Skip The Small Talk
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So, here I am, once again, in the same predicament I was in last September.
If you have school aged children, you know the one. Most likely you're right there with me.
I don't know about yours but my brain seems to have magically erased any memory of how busy the Fall gets. All summer long I was running around like crazy, dreaming of the days when the kids would be back in school and life would slow down.
Silly woman I am.
The trick my brain played on me was having me forget about all the activities that come along with back-to-school. We've got soccer and soon to be basketball, gymnastics, CCD, soccer clinics and scouts (for both kids). Somehow my brain even tricked me well enough to take on leading a Daisy Troop and also to become President of a local mothers club. Joke is on me yet again.
Since one of the kids has at least one activity each day of the week (sometimes both on the same day), dinner prep-time is getting tight.
My kids are not the type of kids that can stay up late and then wake up with a smile on their faces. No, they are more the type who if they stay up even a half hour later than usual, their heads start spinning and their eyes start glowing red. You know the type.
For me, I never remember to marinate early in the day, so grabbing pre-marinated pork is the way to go. I ain't got no shame in that game.
Smithfield is my go to brand and I mention them a lot. You can use whatever your preferred brand is but Smithfield® has never let me down.
Here is what I did to maximize my time:
Once we arrived home from soccer, I sent the kids straight up to take showers. While they were showering, I was able to prepare the entire dinner.
- pork tenderloin
- butternut squash - save time and buy it cubed
- baby potatoes
- olive oil, salt and pepper
I started off by
Next, I diced the butternut squash (time saver tip - buy your squash already cut into cubes) and halved the baby potatoes and tossed them with some olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper. I spread those out on one side of the pork.
For the cabbage, I halved it and cut the one half into slices. I saved the other half for another meal. I placed the cabbage slices on the other side of the pork, drizzled it with olive oil and also seasoned with salt and pepper.
Into the oven it went and about 25-30 minutes later it was done to perfection and my house was smelling delicious!
My little one who rarely eats any kind of meat walked by as I was slicing the pork and demanded "hey, I want some of that meat". I thought she was bluffing as she usually is, but she went on to eat two good sized slices of the pork! How awesome is that?
What to do with leftover pork
A great idea to re-purpose leftovers of this Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Fall Veggies is to dice up the leftover pork into bite-sized pieces and toss in a bowl with the leftover potatoes and squash and heat in the microwave.
Remember that other half of the cabbage we didn't use? Chop that up and stir into the bowl with the potatoes and pork. Drizzle with a vinaigrette or even stir in a dollop of sour cream and you've got yourself a hearty lunch bowl.
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Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Fall Veggies
- 1.25 pound pork tenderloin I used Smithfield Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Tenderloin
- 1.5 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ head cabbage cut into slices
- 2 Cup cubed butternut squash
- 2 Cup halved baby potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper more or less to taste
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Place tenderloin down the center of a baking sheet (half sheet pan).Toss squash and potatoes with 1 T of olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and arrange on one side of pork. Place cabbage slices on other side of pork. Drizzle the cabbage with remaining oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Roast in oven 25 minutes. Remove pork to cutting board. If potatoes need a few more minutes place pan back in oven for 5 minutes.
- To serve place cabbage on one side of a serving plate and the remaining veggies on the other. Place sliced pork down the middle.