One of the things we’ve used over and over again this winter is our slow cooker. Not because we have a household full of traffic (kids) we need to tend too or because we don’t really have the time to cut/chop/saute/mix/blend and whatever else you do in the kitchen to whip up some delicious food…
We use it because it’s easy and keeps us from having to spend extra time in the kitchen when there is work to be done (Meegan) and running to be done (Tara).
The recipes we’ve been finding have had pretty limited ingredients but the flavors at the end of the road has been magnificent. We’ve been spending a lot of time looking for Paleo slow cooker ideas and came across this recipe over at Paleo Plan.
We changed very little of the original recipe. We added green onions and of course a main staple in our house: garlic (and lots of it).
Slow Cooked Pork & Zucchini
- 1 1/2 lb pork loin
- 1 22oz can tomato sauce
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 bunch green onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 – 2 tbsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)
This one is easy peasy:
Take all your ingredients…
- Add to slow cooker
- Add tomato sauce, basil, salt & pepper.
- Give it a good stir
- Cook on high for 6 hours
– Side Note: Because our slow cooker is of the small sized variety (soon to be exchanged for a larger one), we had to cut the pork loin into smaller pieces. If your slow cooker is larger you may (or maybe not) want to keep your pork loin in larger cuts. Really it’s more of a preference thing.
We really liked this recipe for a couple of reasons. Very few ingredients means it went into the cooker in no time (start to finish maybe took 20 minutes). We are big vegetable eaters and anything that calls for vegetables in the recipe (in addition to whatever side we choose) is a big bonus in our book. There are lots of opportunity for variation here. Try it with a different type of meat (we think thin strips of steak would be really good) and change up the vegetable (add onions, turnips, carrots)…
Give this simple meal a try and trust us you too will say:
~ Now that’s good eatin’ folks!