Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crock Pottin'

I have to admit that I have been SO bad about cooking lately. I'm sure you have noticed that I haven't posted a recipe in absolutely ages! We have been SO busy lately that we have either eaten out or we have enjoyed a delectable frozen pizza. Wife of the year, I tell you, wife of the year. I have managed to throw together a couple of homemade wonders thanks to the crock pot. Forrest got me a new high tech fancy pants one this year and I have definitely put it to good use. Here are some things we have been enjoying on the fly!

(check out the link--the cute blogger that posted this recipe has some AMAZING looking recipes)

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
1 tbs of olive oil

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

Combine sage, salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl to form a paste. Rub over roast.

Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

1 hour before roast is done, combine all of the ingredients at once  in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 3-4 times during the last hour of cooking (every 10-15 minutes).

Shred pork loin with two forks and serve with remaining glaze on top.

Ok, so how easy is that? This dinner was so great we ate it all before I even remembered that I like to take pictures of my food! The picture below came from HERE. Again, check this food blogger out!!
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I have seen this recipe all over Pinterest and had been dying to try it. I was rather disappointed in it, I have to admit. You see the part where you pour an entire bottle of Italian dressing into the crock pot? Well, the entire meal tastes like dressing. I love Italian dressing, who doesn't, but I wanted a little bit better balance of flavors. I'm not giving up on this dish, however. I think maybe with a some balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or maybe just some olive oil and a packet of Italian dressing mix, you could get a really good "Italiany" flavor while preserving the flavors of the veggies and cheese! Again, I forgot to take a pic, so I got the one below from HERE.

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The blog that this recipe came from has TONS of Crock Pot dinners! You could browse for hours!

Almost all of my recipes come from Pinterest--the ones above surely did. Want to see what I've been pinning? Follow me HERE!!

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