I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
My oldest daughter is in Kindergarten now, and out here they do full day Kindergarten, which can be good and bad. Before she started going I pictured days of endless, blissful free time. Reading for hours to my son, taking naps, shopping, consecutive lunch dates, ha! My life is busier then ever! It's not exactly like I have a whole lot MORE to do, but my days just feel longer. By the time we have reading and homework done, making dinner is about the last thing I want to do anymore. It's taken me a while to figure out how to get a good meal on the table without burning myself out. Enter crockpot, hello old friend.
The best part about crockpot meals is that you can sit down to a delicious hot dinner that you really don't even feel like you made. And though you actually did make, it only took you minutes that morning. This pork is just mouthwatering, we've already had it twice and I'm making it again tomorrow! I serve it in flour tortillas with salsa verde and sour cream, and it is slurpy, drippy heaven. In the directions it says to sear each side of the pork after rubbing it in salt, pepper and garlic. Be sure not to skip that step, I got lazy the second time around and didn't do it, it made a huge difference. The flavor is much richer when you sear in that garlic. Slow-Cooker Pork Loin Carnitas Fresh Food Fast by Cooking Light
1 (1 1/2 lb) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 8 garlic cloves minced cooking spray 1/2 cup water 2 cups chicken broth
1. Rub pork with salt, pepper and garlic. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork; cook three minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer pork to a 5-quart round electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Add stock to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits; cook 2 minutes. Pour stock mixture over pork; add water. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until tender.
2. Remove pork from slow cooker, and place in a medium bowl. Pour broth into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat; boil 5 minutes or until reduced to 2/3 cup.
3. While broth reduces, shred pork using 2 forks. Stir in broth reduction.
4. Serve in warmed flour tortillas, top with salsa verde and sour cream.
This is why I didn't get the greatest picture. My husband could only wait for so long!
How do you amazing parents fit dinner in between school, homework, sports, dance...? Any tips for the newbie?