Sometimes you need a stupid simple recipe. The kind of dinner idea that takes almost no extra thought or effort but looks and tastes amazing. The kind of dinner idea that makes your kid’s (or in my case, grandkids’) eyes’ pop open and say “Wow!”
Now I’m no dreamer, the teenaged kids haven’t said wow to anything I’ve done in years but every once in a while I can get those little ones really excited about the way I eat. If I can serve tasty food in interesting ways, the idea of a life without sugar doesn’t seem so foreign to them.
I wanted to create something that was cool and low carb. Something that looked and tasted like their favorite foods, (in this case, tacos) but was nutritious and without those terrible grains that made me so fat and I think we have a winner here.
Also, be very careful when baking the cheese. It just takes a few minutes to melt, you still want the squares to be solid enough to handle but soft enough to take the shape of the muffin tin. It’s a delicate balance. You can also use the microwave for about 30 seconds if you don’t want to heat up the oven.
This week’s recipe is a very simple one but one that has become something we do a few times a month because my local supermarkets like to put pork loins on sale a lot. The ingredients are very simple and wholesome and taste wonderful on pork.
If you make this for your family, send me a pic at [email protected] I would absolutely love to see it!
My slow cooker has really only ever been used for a Velveeta dip I make every Super Bowl season and the occasional chili during the winter. One of the (many!) things I have been having difficulty finding is a good sugar free chicken stock off the shelf. In fact, not even Whole Foods had a variety that didn’t add at least trace amounts of Fructose. So now I had a mission, I wanted a delicious slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken that I could turn around and use the chicken carcass to make a stock I could freeze. Fortunately Half Price Books had a huge clearance sale last week and I was able to get about a dozen different cookbooks for about $20 and one had a recipe that looked interesting.
This recipe was eye-opening to me for one major reason, I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker that wasn’t mostly liquid. When it said to just put the chicken in with no liquid I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but it turned out great! It was literally falling off the bone as I tried to cut it to serve and was so moist and delicious. I’ll put the recipe for the stock up later this week. (although you might have seen it on my Instagram feed) The other thing you need to know is that it’s important to line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions and celery in order to get the chicken off the bottom of the pot. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
This is a tasty recipe that uses a pepper gravy to bring out the taste of the Pork Chop. The gravy is creamy with a bit of heat from the pepper and pair well with a blander side dish like the blended carrots I served mine with. Saute some onions and Bell Peppers to serve on top of the chop and you’ve got an easy to cook meal.