For better or worse, I have a savory tooth and not a sweet tooth. When it comes to animal proteins, I generally prefer to stick to wild/organic/cage-free fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, and yogurt whenever possible, but once in a while I get a craving for pork, beef, or lamb that I just can’t get out of my head. Pork is one of my favorite “in moderation” foods. #sorrynotsorry

I recently made this black garlic-kissed pork tenderloin and from the first bite, I knew this was one of those “in the vault” recipes. It’s the perfect blend of savory, sweet, and salty. My curiosity led me to discover that the combination of black garlic and white miso paste in a marinade is just divine. Wondering what the heck black garlic is? I wrote a post for Fitness about it because I think it’s way too delicious to keep to myself.

I enjoyed this recipe with roasted sweet potato and brussels sprouts-a great comfort food dinner on a cold night. It also happens to be delicious with salad, as I found out when I enjoyed the leftovers the next day.Though you can obviously grill this outside, for city-dwellers like me, it’s a cinch to make on a grill pan. I use a  Calphalon Nonstick Grill Pan that I absolutely love. It’s not too heavy and so easy to clean between uses. Definitely a plus when you have limited kitchen space!

I hope you enjoy!


Black Garlic Miso Pork Tenderloin


  • 2 heads black garlic , cloves removed and diced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed


  1. Mix together all ingredients but pork to make marinade.
  2. Place marinade and pork in large gallon ziplock. Make sure pork is coated in marinade. Allow to rest 1-2 hours.
  3. Coat a grill pan with oil or cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill pork for 15 minutes, turning every few minutes to cook evenly.
  5. Let pork rest 5 minutes and then cut against the grain into 16 pieces.

(Serves 4)

Want a slow cooker version? I’ve got one of those too.

What foods do you tend to crave? 

I’m Team Savory all the way! Meat, fish, chicken, mushrooms, goat cheese…I also tend to get texture-specific cravings, usually for creamy stuff like peanut butter, tahini, avocado, or Greek yogurt.

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