QUICK MEAL IDEAS FOR BUSY FAMILIES | SLOW COOKER PORK

Give this slow cooker pork recipe a try and see how much time it frees up for you.

A lot of our clients ask us what the biggest keys to success are for eating healthy. If we could only choose one thing, it would be to always be prepared. When you make the healthiest choice the easiest choice, you set yourself up for success. Our brains are just biologically programmed to gravitate to the most effortless choice, especially when we are exhausted. If the easiest choice is a healthy one, we will automatically default to that food. So, set yourself up for success by prepping some healthy dinners ahead of time (like this slow cooker pork recipe) that you can easily prepare on those days where you need a break from the kitchen.

A really neat idea that we stumbled upon is the idea of ‘dump dinners’. You prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store the meal uncooked in the freezer until you need it. When you are ready to cook it, you simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or in a cold bowl of water and dump the contents into a slow cooker. Let it simmer while you’re at work or running errands and you’ll come home to a delicious, healthy meal.

Slow cookers are one of our favorite kitchen tools that helps us continue to set ourselves up for success. Prep in the morning, and have dinner ready when you get home!

This slow cooker method works its magic by tenderizing the pork to perfection, imbuing it with a succulence that is unparalleled. As the meat gently simmers in its own juices, it undergoes a gradual breakdown of connective tissues, resulting in fork-tender goodness that practically dissolves on the palate with each delectable bite.

But the true beauty of this recipe lies not only in its tenderness but also in its depth of flavor. Picture succulent pork infused with a rich medley of aromatics, from fragrant garlic and pungent onions to earthy herbs and spices. As the ingredients mingle and marry during the slow cooking process, they impart their essence into the meat, creating a symphony of flavors that tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the soul.

Furthermore, the slow cooker method allows ample time for the flavors to develop and meld, resulting in a dish that is rich, complex, and utterly satisfying. Whether you opt for a sweet and tangy barbecue glaze, a savory herb rub, or a spicy marinade, the slow cooker acts as a culinary canvas, allowing you to customize the flavor profile to suit your preferences.

And let’s not forget about the versatility of slow cooker pork. Whether shredded and piled high on sandwiches, served alongside roasted vegetables, or nestled atop a bed of fluffy rice, this succulent protein shines in a myriad of culinary applications, elevating any meal from ordinary to extraordinary.

In essence, the deliciousness of slow cooker pork transcends mere gustatory pleasure; it embodies the artistry of slow cooking, the alchemy of flavors, and the joy of sharing a memorable meal with loved ones. So, the next time you crave a culinary adventure, look no further than the humble slow cooker pork recipe, where deliciousness knows no bounds.

Ingredients:

Olive oil1 Tbsp15 mL
Yellow onion, chopped½ each½ each
Garlic3 cloves2 cloves
Apples, peeled and sliced2 each2 each
Apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp30 mL
Chicken broth1 cup250 mL
Worcestershire sauce1 Tbsp15 mL
Pork tenderloin1 lb450 g
Maple syrup1 Tbsp15 mL
Nutmeg¼ tsp1 mL

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet.
  2. Pan sear all sides of the pork until outside is browned.
  3. Add the pork to the crockpot.
  4. Chop the apples and garlic and add them to the crockpot.
  5. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the crockpot, and set the crockpot to low for 6-8 hours, or high for 2-4 hours*.

*Oven option – bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes in a roasting pan with a tight fitting lid

Makes 4 servings ( 357 g / serving ). 1 serving = 4 oz pork

recipe courtesy of nutritionrx.ca