Category Archives: Crockpot/Slowcooker

Pulled Pork and Coleslaw Sliders

So I’ve made various pulled pork crock pot recipes in the past, and while those are more of the BBQ saucy style, I wanted something to use to make sliders.. with coleslaw and fresh rolls! This is a GREAT recipe just for that! Make your coleslaw the night before, set the pulled pork ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and let it do all the work! Easy dinner! And excellent for leftovers.

pork shoulder slider blog

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 to 3 ½ pounds pork shoulder, cut in half

Instructions

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the first six ingredients (all of the spices) with a fork.
  • Pour in the honey, vinegar, and olive oil and stir to form a paste.
  • Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top it with the 2 pieces of pork and then pour the honey paste over all sides of the pork pieces. It’s okay if some of it (or a lot of it) just drips down to the bottom.
  • Turn the slow cooker on to low and cook for 7 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork.
  • Serve warm with coleslaw and rolls.
  • Ps. Minus the rolls, this is a great paleo dish! 🙂 Serve with some optional avocado on the side (because avocado goes with almost everything!).

Thank you 100 Days of Real Food!

dit-elle-Esther

Crock Pot Rosemary Pork Loin with Apples + Onions | Paleo + Whole30

Every time I make a meal in my crock pot, I think…

“WHY don’t I do this more often!??”  As in…ever single day?! HA!

Alas, I get brain dead with the day to day, and fail to think ahead.  That is pretty much the only prep time with a crock pot meal.  Thinking of it ahead of time.  Once you do.  You toss everything in to the pot in the morning/early afternoon.  Your entire house smells amazing ALL DAY LONG, and then when it’s dinner time-it’s DONE!  Seriously, what’s better than that??

NOT MUCH. 😉

BUT…can we all agree that crock pot meat does NOT look appealing?  Everything you cook ends up looking about the same color, BUT all that really matters is that it tastes delicious!  I may have thrown a few greens on top to break up the monotony haha 🙂  I snapped these pictures about 5 minutes before we ate dinner, as always (with a flash *UGH*)…yet wished I could have made the meal look a liiiiiiiittle more appetizing.  Styling dreams that may never come true.

Added bonus?  The meat easily shreds, so no slicing on a cutting board necessary, aka child friendly and one less thing to clean!! Blog Paleo Whole30 Crock Pot Rosemary Pork Loin Apples Onions-1 Blog Paleo Whole30 Crock Pot Rosemary Pork Loin Apples Onions-2 Blog Paleo Whole30 Crock Pot Rosemary Pork Loin Apples Onions-3What You Need…

  • Pork Loin (depends on how many people you want to feed) I used one pack from Costco, which is equivalent to 2 small ones from other grocery stores.
  • 1 Can of Chicken Stock (have it cover about half the pork loin)
  • 1  teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 small apples or one large apple  (I used Gala, but any strong flavor type would be good)
  • 2 small onions or one large onion
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do…

  • Chop the onion and apple into approximately 1 inch slices.
  • Layer everything into your Crock Pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or or low for 7-8 hours.
  • THAT’S IT! 🙂

Serve with any kind of side or all by itself!

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Crock Pot // Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apples, Onions, and Peppers

So, after you made the Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Apples, Onions, and Peppers Stew, what do you do with the leftovers?  Drain the liquid and make sandwiches!!  I’m all about making a meal with the thought that I can squeeze two dinners out of it.  I mean, really what sounds better to a busy mom than that??  Well, besides relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine?  And that is exactly what you can do instead of fussing over your second meal-WIN!!Blog Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Apples Onions and Peppers-5Ingredients

Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples Onions and Peppers

Fall and Winter for me equal Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) meals.  Which means yummy smelling houses, and easy throw together meals-WOO HOO!!!  I pulled my Crock Pot out for the first time this season for one of the easiest crowd pleasers-pulled pork.  I decided that I would try and make it a two-fer.  Meaning, I would make a stew the first night, and then drain the liquid to make sandwiches the 2nd night.  What do you know…it worked!!Blog Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples Onions and Peppers-1All that said.  Pork is one of those foods that I cannot quite seem to photograph well.  it just looks blah!  In any case…this wasn’t blah, but you might just have to take my word for it 😉

Ingredients

  • Pork Loin(s) depending on how many people you have to feed and if you want to make sandwiches the next night.  I used the Costco Pack.  There are two small ones per sealed pack.  Probably equal to 2 individual packs elsewhere.
  • Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers.  I used about half of each diced.
  • One medium/large yellow onion diced
  • 1 Can (2 cups organic chicken broth)
  • 1 Cup of Red Wine (whatever you have on hand that you want to spare ;))  The alcohol cooks off (for kids), but it leaves a good flavor.
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 Diced Apples (I used Honey Crisp, but you could use any apples)

Directions

  • After you dice all the veggies and apples.  Toss everything into the Crock Pot/Slow Cooker and cook for 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • THAT’S IT!!   You’re welcome 🙂
  • Dish out into soup bowls and enjoy!
  • We put Sriracha on just about everything, so… 🙂Blog Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples Onions and Peppers-3Blog Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples Onions and Peppers-4dit-elle-Lauren

Healthy Chicken and Dumplings // Slowcooker

I bet you wouldn’t normally think “healthy” when hearing “Chicken and Dumplings”.  I bet you’d also never think to make it in the spring.  This recipe is healthy, light, delicious, and filling!  Yet, it still hits that “comfort food” spot.  Teenage boys and toddler approved-WIN!Blog Healthy Chicken and Dumplings-1Ingredients:

  • 
6 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 
4-6 skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks (I use 6 to make it more hearty)
  • 
2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced (or half a bag baby carrots cut)
  • 
4 stalks celery, cleaned and sliced

For the dumplings:

  • 
2 c. whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 
3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 
1 c. milk (any milk is fine.  I actually used almond milk when Maya was dairy/soy intollerant)

Directions:

Pour the broth into your crock pot (or into a large soup pot if cooking on a stove top).  Add all the ingredients to the broth and turn the crock pot to high (stove top, bring to a slow boil).  The original recipe called for sauteing the vegetables in a separate pan, but I like them a little crunchier, so I didn’t do that.  Plus, it’s one less step/pan to clean 🙂

For the dumplings:

While the broth is heating up, make the dumplings.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to blend well. Pour in the oil and milk and mix with a wooden spoon. (Be sure the broth is hot before adding the dumplings to the pot.) Using two teaspoons (dumplings should be about 1 inch round).  I set them all on a lightly floured plate, so I can add them all at the same time.

If using stove top, boil until the dumplings and chicken are cooked. If using crock pot, cook on high for about 3-1/2 hours.  If you need to cook it longer because you are leaving for the day (or cooking overnight), turn the crock pot to low and cook until the dumplings and chicken are cooked through. (about 6-8 hours).

The dumplings will look a little odd after they have been cooking at the top of the stew all day. They create a sort of “crust-like” cover. Just break them up with a wooden spoon and stir them into the stew to finish cooking. Simply break one open to be sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Original recipe is from Shape, and can be found here.  I only made a few changes.dit-elle-Lauren

Pork and Beans // Crockpot

I modified this from a recipe that my dad recently made up.  It was delicious when he made it, and it was delicious with the modifications I made.  Basically….play around and get a yummy meal 🙂  That said…it’s not pretty haha, but who cares?!Blog Crockpot Pork and Beans-1Ingredients 

    • 2 Cups uncooked beans
    • 2 Pork Sirloid Tips or tenderloins
    • 1 large onion
    •  2 1/2 Cups low sodium chicken Stock
    • 1 1/2 Cups of red wine
    • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
    • Salt and Pepper

Directions

The night before-

  • Soak beans overnight.  Put them in the crockpot and cover with 4 inches of water.
Day of cooking
  • Drain water from beans
  • Dice onion and put into the crockpot.
  • Dig holes for the pork and place them into the crockpot.
  • Add Chicken Stock
  • Pour wine into measure cup and add spices, garlic, and mustard.  Stir it all up until blended (try not to cry over wasted wine, because it really adds some great flavor-alcohol burns out :))  Pour that into crockpot too.
  • Grind salt and pepper over it.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Garnish with whatever you want.  I did avocado and Siracha.

This makes a lot!  I’m feeding 5, and still had leftovers for another meal.  Modify how you want, or freeze for delicious leftovers!

  • dit-elle-Lauren