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!! What 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.
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!!All 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 😉
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)
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.