How can you save money on groceries, save time in your day, and still please the whole family? With a recipe that takes advantage of a cheaper cut of meat by cooking it all day in the crockpot, making for an easy dinner when you get home in the evening.
My oldest son LOVES pork loin, and when he saw a pork loin roast on sale in the paper, he began waving the ad in front of me. “Please, mom, please will you get this?” You’d think I never fed the boy meat, but he is a teen after all, so any meal eaten more than ten minutes before doesn’t count.
I realized at the store that this was a loin roast and not the pork loin that I usually buy on sale. Nonetheless, for $ 1.78 a pound, I was willing to experiment.
Since this son is gluten-intolerant, I have to adapt many recipes to make them work for our dinner table. In an online search, I found two recipes that sounded great. I took my favorite ingredients from each, eliminated the flour, and a new family hit was created:
Crockpot Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Roast
1 pork loin roast
1c. brown sugar
1 T. Dijon mu
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t. chili powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. cumin
Place the pork loin roast in a crockpot. Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl to form a thick paste. Rub it all over the roast, set the crockpot to cook for 8 hours, and you’re done.
In the evening, I cooked up some rice in the rice cooker and heated some vegetables to go with it. The roast in its own juices over the rice was great, but if you like a thicker gravy, you could add some cornstarch or flour just before serving.
Lisa Scott is a mom, chef-on-call, and a nationally certified speech pathologist. She believes in living every day intentionally and thinking through decisions with a heart after God rather than just following the crowd. She is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to life’s challenges, and blogs about her experiences at http://www.wisdompursuit.com When not chauffeuring her three kids around town, she helps professionals with a foreign accent or regional dialect to increase the clarity of their speech. You can find her speech services at http://www.accentuatecommunication.com