Dreary Day…rain, rain go away

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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.