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Showing posts with label Slow Cooker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Slow Cooker. Show all posts

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Amazing Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin - Two Meals in One

I love cooking meals that can do double time. This Pork Tenderloin recipe is not only amazing and tasty and wonderful, but you can keep the leftovers, and have a whole other meal!

Amazing Pork Tenderloin

2 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup apple juice
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with the contents of the soup packet. Pour water, juice, and soy sauce over the top, turning the pork to coat. Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on top of the roast during cooking as possible. Sprinkle with pepper, cover, and cook on low setting for 4-5 hours. Serve with cooking liquid on the side as au jus.

Doesn't this look yummy??

I serve this with sticky rice and veggies. I cook twice the amount of sticky rice we need, and save the leftover rice and pork for later in the week.
A couple of days later, I took out the leftover rice and pork and threw it in a skillet with a little oil, some salt & pepper, onion & garlic powders, soy sauce and egg and voila! Pork Fried Rice!

I realize that it would look much prettier with some colorful veggies, but then my family wouldn't eat it and that would kind of defeat the purpose. So, I serve a salad on the side.

Two meals, one great recipe!

What do you do with your leftovers?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Three Days Off, Swimming Pools, and Chocolate Cake

I took last Friday off, and I spent the last three days hanging out with my son.

After a trip to the grocery store and Target (for new swim goggles!) we went to Grandma's house on Friday to make good use of her community pool, practicing swimming, jumping and diving. No back floats. Didn't force the issue, since I was pretty sure the neighbors would be calling the police thinking someone was being tortured thanks to all of the high pitched shrieks when we did try. Had dinner with Gram at a new Teppenyaki place where they throw scrambled eggs in your mouth. Mmmm.

Saturday morning, we headed out to the movies to see Toy Story 3.

Ohmygosh, I can't not tell you how much I loved this movie! Well, the first hour at least. Cuz that's how long we lasted. Hey, he did better than I thought he would, and for a first-time movie goer, I don't think he did too bad. Afterwards, we headed back to Target, since in the midst of this heat wave, we needed something to cool us off. A new blow-up pool was just the ticket!

We spent a couple of hours in the backyard playing in the water then headed in for a much needed nap.

Sunday, funday, cleaning day! Ok, so those words don't all go together that well, but I did get a lot of cleaning done, put some carnitas in the crockpot (that were, by the way, oh. so. yummy.) The recipe is similar to my previous post, but in my opinion, BETTER, cuz I made a few changes, omitting the water and oranges, and opting for 3/4 cup orange juice, and a 1/2 cup of chicken broth instead! AND since the day was about 15 degrees cooler than the previous week's near 100 degree temps, I even baked a chocolate cake! I found the recipe here, thanks to Sarah at Sugar Bananas. How's that for tempting?

It was amazingly rich and moist and mocha-y. Could be the full cup of coffee in the recipe, but I can't be sure...btw, I used decaf. Can't have a two year old hyped up on Starbucks now can we?

Whew! What a full weekend!! I must say, I loved spending that time with that boy, even if he decided to use the backyard as his bathroom (I'll spare you the details on that one). TTFN!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lazy Mom's Chicken Spaghetti

A lazy mom version of Chicken Parmesan.

Chicken Spaghetti
5 Chicken Breasts (I use the thin sliced or cutlets)
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Mozzerella & Parmesan Cheeses
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
1/2 pound cooked spaghetti

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x12 pan. Season chicken breasts with garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Place in the bottom of the pan, cover with sauce (reserve some for your pasta). Sprinkle with cheese and cover with foil. Bake for about 20 minutes, removing the foil for the last five minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta.

You could also make this recipe in the crockpot on a hot day when you don't want to turn on the oven. Just top with cheese when you plate it up!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Simple Slow Cooker Carnitas

I {heart} my Slow Cooker. I think it's probably the best appliance ever created. I use it at least twice a week, sometimes more. I tried a new recipe this week for Slow Cooker Carnitas, and man were they good! The recipe I used is actually a stove-top recipe, but I threw it all in my slow cooker. It calls for Pork Shoulder, but I don't like the darker meat with all the fat, so I used a Pork Loin Roast. The meat came out super tender and full of flavor. And the smell I was greeted with when I walked through the door at 6:00 ~ heavenly!!

So, here you go. Let me know if you try it. I will definitely be making this again.

Simple Slow Cooker Carnitas

1 1/2 -2 pound Pork Loin Roast, trimmed and cut into large chunks
2 Oranges, quartered (I used 4 Clementines)
1-2 Tbls Chopped Garlic
1/2 onion, quartered
2 tsp Oregeno
2 tsp Cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste
Water to cover

Place oranges and onion on the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the meat, and season with spices on both sides. Add water, pouring carefully around the edges, so as not to rinse the meat. Cook on low heat for six hours.

This is what it looked like when I came home. Don't you wish your monitor was scratch & sniff?

Take the meat out of the water, and shred with a fork. It shredded so easy!

This step is optional: Heat some oil in a large frying pan and fry the meat. Season with salt if needed. This helps to give a nice crispy texture. I would probably do this in two sessions, as all of the meat in the pan was a bit much.

Spoon into taco shells, or flour tortillas, and garnish with your favorite toppings. Serve with beans and rice, or as a topping for taco salad.

Next time I think I'll buy a larger roast, and use half of the meat for Pulled pork sandwiches. Yum!

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