Dreary Day…rain, rain go away

Gotta love New England weather, right?  It’s been raining here all week and Lucy and I are fed up with it.  Rain makes me want to curl up on the couch and stay in all day.  Lucy agrees with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I joined a CSA, community supported farm, this year and I can’t wait to start receiving all my wonderful, fresh, organic and seasonal produce in just a couple weeks, but honestly this weather  feels like winter to me.  Cold, dreary days make me think of making a slow cooker meal, so I did just that.

If I make chicken one more time, I think my son Kevin is going to move out, so I opted to try a lean pork dish this time.  I love Asian inspired recipes so I decided to create something with my favorite staples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the naturally brewed Tamari, which in the reduced sodium variety, tastes much better than other lower sodium soy sauce products I have tried in the past.  I also love the flavor of sesame oil, so that too, is a staple in my pantry.  I happened upon some teriyaki sauce in my refrigerator so I thought I would use all three products for this recipe. I often add fresh ginger and garlic to my Asian inspired recipes but this time I kept it real simple. Feel free to experiment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked up this “ready to roll” bag of broccoli, shredded broccoli stalks, carrot shredds and very small amount of red cabbage.

The entire bag of “Eat Smart: California Slaw” added a mere 75 calories, 360% Vitamin C, 270% Vitamin A, and 12% both iron and calcium of the daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet.   And added 6 grams of fiber too! Yahoo-that is good stuff!

The finished product tasted pretty great.  Loved the veggies! Because even the reduced sodium soy sauce and teriyaki add a boat- load of sodium, serve this dish with a naturally low sodium side dish like brown rice.

Asian-Inspired Slow Cooker Pork with California Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin or lean roast with fat removed, cut into large 2 0z. chunks
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce (your favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium tamari Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 10 oz. bag California Slaw or equivalent (grated carrots, grated brocco-slaw, and broccoli florets, small amount red cabbage)

Instructions

  1. Place meat in bottom of slow cooker. Put slow cooker on low heat setting.
  2. Whisk together Teriyaki, Soy sauce, Sesame oil and cornstarch with fork.
  3. Toss dressing all over meat.
  4. Cook on low setting for 6 hours, stir and move meat around a few times during cooking time.
  5. 5-10 minutes prior to eating, add vegetables, stirring to blend.
  6. Use fork to shred pork.
  7. Serve over brown rice if desired
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