sweet and sour pork

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Tender Sweet and Sour Pork and flavorful veggies made in the Crock Pot

It’s that time of the year again! Our babies are going back to school, which means our schedules are even more busy and our time is limited! Over the next couple of months I will be sharing plenty of Crock Pot , and quick and easy dinner recipes. I hope to give you all plenty of dinner ideas, that will help you spend less time in the kitchen during the busy school week.

When my son first started school it was pure torture on me, and my family. We were so unorganized , and dinner was usually fast food and takeout for my husband and son. Why? Because at the time I had been working 12 hour shifts, and since my dear hubby can’t cook a lick, that’s was the best option for them. I know, I know- Shame on me, but I didn’t know what to do, I had a lot of things going on. About 1 month into the school year, I realized just how much money was being spent on eating out. I knew there had to be solid way to feed my family, and save money on my work days.

I decided to go to my garage, and dust of my Crock Pot ( which I should have done prior to my baby starting school). I remember hearing about “freezer meals”, and decided to look into it. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised on what I found, and I couldn’t how easy and affordable these meals were! I decided to start making my very own freezer meals. Once I made my freezer meals, I labeled them, and included simple instructions for my husband to follow ( usually ” just put this in the Crock Pot for 6 hours”..LOL)… Making these meals have saved us a lot of money, and time.

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Sweet and Sour Pork, is one of my favorite Crock Pot and Freezer Meals. It’s super cheap to make, and the prep time is under 10 minutes. My family enjoys this meals over a bed of rice. I never have to worry about any additions to this meal because it has carbs, vegetables, and protein!

For the Pork You can use
Pork Chops
Pork Roast
Pork Pork

If you don’t eat pork you can use
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh

This meal can be made right after preparation or frozen for a week or two before placing it into the Crock Pot. Give this meal a try and tell me what you think. Be sure to watch my video for visual directions!

Sweet and Sour Pork in the Crock Pot

Ingredients

1 lb pork, cut into cubes

1/2 cup ketchup

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 medium onion chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup cup chopped pineapple

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Pour the ketchup into a large mixing bowl, then add the brown sugar, and mix the ingredients.
  2. Now add in the Garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and pineapple. fold the ingredients.
  3. Last but not least, add in the pork, and fold in with the other ingredients.
  4. Place in a freezer, and save it for another day or go to the next step
  5. Place the contents into a slow cooker, and set the slow cooker for 6 hours.
  6. After the sweet and sour pork has been cooking for 4 hours, add in one tbsp of cornstarch, and stir.
  7. After the 6 hours is up, serve the Sweet and Sour Pork over a bed of rice, and enjoy!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/how-to-make-sweet-and-sour-pork-in-the-crock-pot/

 

 

 

Crispy Baked Pork Chops

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Tender juicy pork chops, seasoned and breaded to perfection!

Recently I watched one of my favorite YouTubers make a low carb pork chop dish. Being the pork chop fan that I am, I wanted to try the recipe. Sadly, I had none of the ingredients ( other than pork chops) on hand that were called for the recipe. I didn’t let that stop me, because I had pork chops on the brain! I decided to make some Crispy Baked Pork Chops. It required very little ingredients, and it went perfect with the southern baked macaroni and cheese that I prepared.

Since this recipe is quite simple and required very little – I will get straight to the recipe.


Crispy Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients

2 lbs thick cut pork chops

2 tsp seasoning salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

non stick spray or 1 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Rinse the pork chops under cool water.
  2. Season the pork chops with 1 tsp seasoning salt, 1 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. Be sure to season both sides.
  3. In a small bowl, beat two eggs, then pour the eggs over the pork chops. Make sure the pork chops are completely covered.
  4. In a separate bowl, or on a plate pour the panko crumbs, 1 tsp seasoning salt, 1/2 ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well, then coat the pork chops with the seasoned panko.
  5. Next spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray, or oil, then line the pork chops on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake the pork chops uncovered in a preheated oven on 375 for 20 minutes.
  7. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove from the oven, and serve!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/crispy-baked-pork-chops/

CrockPot Barbecue Ribs

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Hey friends! In this post I’m sharing my Crock-Pot Barbecue Ribs recipe. Now I know what you’re thinking… ” Ribs in the Crock-Pot?!”.. Yes hunny- I’m taking it there!

It all started years ago when I lived in an apartment, and had no room to grill. Not that, that mattered because I had zero knowledge to grilling anyhow! I refused to let anyone know that I couldn’t grill. I simply faked it by using my slow cooker and a few ingredients that give a misleading grilled taste.

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One of the ingredients I use for my Crock-Pot barbecue ribs, is root beer. I know it sounds funny, but just trust me on this! The root beer is not going to make the ribs taste like ” soda”, it’s going to add that nice sweet brown sugar taste, and it also adds a little color to the ribs. My second secret ingredient is liquid smoke. It’s a must!! This ingredient is going to give the ribs the smoked flavor that the grill would have. I personally love hickory liquid smoke, but you can use a different flavor if you choose.

Here are a few tips 

  • If you need to buy liquid smoke, it  can be found in the seasoning isle at any big chain store ( Walmart, Target, Safeway, etc).
  • If you’re not a fan of root beer, you can substitute it with Dr. Pepper.
  • You can jazz this recipe up buy adding onion, garlic, and etc if you choose.
  • Use a smokey flavored barbecue sauce.
  • You can use any slow cooker, such as a Hamilton Beach or etc.
  • You can use beef or pork ribs

 

Watch my video for visual instructions! Let’s get to cooking!

 
 

CrockPot Barbecue Ribs

Ingredients

5 lbs pork or beef ribs

2 tbsp of your favorite barbecue seasoning, or seasoning salt

1 liter of root beer soda

3 cups water

2 tbsp liquid smoke, hickory

1- 1 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Remove the membrane from the ribs, and cut off any excess fat.
  2. Season each side of the ribs with the barbecue seasoning or seasoning salt.
  3. Roll the ribs up, jelly roll style, then place them into your slow cooker.
  4. Pour in the root beer, then the water, then pour in the liquid smoke.
  5. Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
  6. After four hours, carefully remove the ribs from the slow cooker.
  7. Place the ribs on an foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce, then place in the oven UNCOVERED on broil.
  9. Broil each side twice for three minutes, or until you reached the desired the appearance for your ribs.
  10. Enjoy!
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/crockpot-barbecue-ribs/

Easy Homemade Jerk Marinade

IMG_2936Since I shared my Jamaican Beef Patties recipe, people have been pouring in the request. I’m sure you know what the most popular request was right? Jerk Chicken. Everyone seems to be stuck on jerk. In this post I really wanted to focus on how to make your own authentic jerk marinade. Once you get this Homemade Jerk Marinade down, you can make your own jerk chicken, pork, or even beef.

Here is a super easy recipe for MY homemade jerk marinade. All of these ingredients can be found at any grocery store! I replace the scotch pepper with easy to find habanero  peppers. I also add jalapeno peppers to my marinade. If you are not a fan of spicy food you may want to leave the hot peppers out. If you still want a mild jerk marinade, just use the jalapeno, and leave the habanero peppers out.

Check out the recipe

The Homemade Jerk Marinade

Ingredients

1 cup 100% pineapple juice

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp lime zest

3 small habenro peppers

1 large jalapeno peper

4 small sweet peppers

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp allspice seasoning

1 medium sized onion

1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Puree all of the ingredients together!
  2. Marinate chicken, beef, or pork for a minimum of 4 hours for BEST results.
http://www.iheartrecipes.com/easy-homemade-jerk-marinade/