Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

 

Pork Chops and Baked Beans is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner.  The baked beans have a taste of molasses and the pork chops come out tender and juicy.

This recipe can actually be made in the oven or the slow cooker, so you can match it to your day and schedule.

The ingredients are all common, pantry ingredients.  And it won’t take longer than a few minutes to get it all assembled and ready to bake (or slow cook).

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal (and a giveaway!)

15 minute Sausage and Corn Quesadillas

 

One way to make quick dinners is to wrap something – almost anything, really – in a tortilla.  I keep tortillas on hand in the pantry, because they’re great for nights when I’m wondering what I’m going to fix.

Oh yes.  I have those nights too, where I stand in front of the pantry and fridge surveying the contents.  Some of my best recipes come from those forced cooking sessions.

Here’s how I create those recipes.  I’m going to share my system so you can do the same thing.  Some of you already cook this way, but for others it’s a new experience.

Let’s say you’ve got a pack of tortillas handy.  Knowing a quick meal can be pulled together using those, we’ll start there.

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Next, check your fridge and freezer for any meat you may have.  Leftover cooked chicken, ground beef or pork and even sausage can be used.  For this meal, I chose Italian sausage.  It doesn’t have to be Mexican to be wrapped in a tortilla.  No rules here!

You’re also going to want cheese.  Tortillas and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly.  They belong together!  For this recipe, I grabbed a block of Monterey Jack and started grating.

You could stop there if you wanted.  Sausage and cheese would be filling all on it’s own.  But since I had half a jalapeño and some frozen corn, I decided to add those.  You could also use red or green bell peppers, onion, garlic, zucchini…let your imagination and pantry guide you.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding how to cook what you’ve got.  This would make wonderful enchiladas.  Just add a simple red sauce to the top and bake.

But I was in a hurry, so I chose to make quesadillas.  Crispy on the outside and melty on the inside.  Everyone loves these!

Here’s the recipe, but keep reading for the giveaway!

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 - 10 Azteca tortillas
  • oil or cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage over medium heat in a skillet until done.
  2. Add corn and jalapeño and heat through.
  3. Spread sausage/corn mix on one half of tortilla.
  4. Top with cheese and fold tortilla over.
  5. Cook over medium heat in large skillet or griddle until toasted on the outside.

Azteca Tortilla Giveaway!

I love Azteca tortillas.  They have no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.  Quick meals can be healthy!  Since I often shop at Walmart, I like that I can find Azteca products there.

Azteca is giving away a Back to School Prize Pack to one lucky winner.  The prize pack includes:

·         $50 Walmart Gift Card

·         Azteca Free Product Coupon

·         Meal Planning Notepad

·         Tupperware Container

·         Dry Erase Wall Decal Calendar

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To enter:

Leave a comment telling me how long you usually spend cooking a weeknight dinner.  Winner will be chosen randomly on 8/28 and notified by email.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated by Azteca for my time, but all opinions are my own.

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Italian Sausage Skillet over Acorn Squash or Pasta

Italian Sausage Skillet over Acorn Squash or Pasta

In case you don’t catch it right away, this is an attempt to please both the kids and adults.  Not that the adults in this house don’t like pasta.  But Jim and I are both attempting a Whole 30, which means no pasta for us.

And actually, we both agreed that the acorn squash tasted much better than the pasta for this dish.  Pasta doesn’t have much flavor of it’s own really, but the squash lent a slight bit of sweetness that balanced the sausage, peppers and tomatoes.

This is a Whole 30 compliant meal (as far as I can tell).  We really enjoyed this one.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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Peach Pork BBQ Sliders Topped with Apple Cole Slaw

When King’s Hawaiian asked me to create a recipe using their dinner rolls, I had a couple of ideas.  I first made sticky pecan rolls.  They were marvelous, but not very photogenic.  So, I went back to the drawing board and decided to try a twist on bbq sliders.

These little sandwiches make use of one of the slow cooker freezer meals that is part of our November plans.  The Peach BBQ Pork couldn’t be easier and the flavor is outstanding.

I paired the pork with Apple Cole Slaw with sweet vinegar dressing.  It’s really easy to make, but the addition of the apple gives a great flavor.  It goes great with the pork and the King’s Hawaiian rolls too.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

The pork and bbq ingredients aren’t in the photo.  I already had it going in the slow cooker.

For the Pork

  • 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. pork roast or tenderloin
  • 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz peach salsa
  1. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.  
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred cooked meat to serve.

For the Apple Cole Slaw

  • 16 oz bag cole slaw mix
  • handful chopped parsely
  • ​1 apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir cole slaw mix, parsley and apple together.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid.  Give it a good shake to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss.

Two Packs of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Serve Peach BBQ Pork on split King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls.  Top bbq with slaw.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

This is another one of those super simple, easily adaptable recipes.  In fact, I can think of three different ways to serve it.  All of them would be delish.  We chose the simplest serving method – sandwiches.

But you could also make the pork and gravy and serve it as whole pork chops with your favorite sides.  Then repurpose the leftovers as sandwiches.

Or you could make open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes. Like a Manhattan.  I think there are other terms for this type of sandwich, but I can’t think of them right now.  Leave a comment if you know of some.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

 

I used 2.5 lbs of boneless pork chops and 1 jar of gravy.  If you like it more gravy-ish, just add a second jar.  And if you’re serving them as open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes, you’ll want the second jar of gravy.

For a side dish, I cooked some farmer’s market veggies in a skillet.  It was a quick meal that we really liked.

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This really can’t get any easier!  I love recipes like this.

Slow Cooker Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs. boneless pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. thyme, optional
  • 12 oz jar pork gravy (use a second jar if you like more gravy)
  • buns
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except buns in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Shred meat and serve on buns.
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Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Want to add a little jolt to your BBQ Ribs recipe?  Save the leftover morning coffee.  That hit of java gives the barbecue sauce an extra depth of flavor.  And cooking them in the slow cooker makes it simple.

Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe

 

I used country style ribs with bones.  I’ve seen the boneless kind (which is kind of funny, since ribs really are bones) and we like that, but I do think the bones add flavor.  So does the coffee.  It makes the sauce deeper and richer.

Barbecue sauce in the slow cooker can get thin, so I thickened it a bit with cornstarch.  We had no leftovers with this meal!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Sausage and Eggplant

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My husband likes his pasta sauce with meat. I prefer mine to be packed with veggies. This is our compromise.

After hours in the slow cooker, the eggplant becomes melt-in-your-mouth buttery. If you didn’t know it was in there, you might not notice it. It’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies!  For the sausage, I prefer to use pre-cooked sausage because it’s easier to slice up, but any Italian sausage would work for this.

This makes a pretty big batch for the two of us, but it freezes nicely for future use.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Sausage and Eggplant

Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 large eggplant
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, combine the crushed tomatoes, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning and minced garlic.
  2. Coin slice the sausage. Peel and dice the eggplant. Add both to the slow cooker. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve over pasta, topped with parmesan cheese.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more…]

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Tangy Sweet Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker – 2 Ingredients Plus the Pork

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I love assembly only recipes for the slow cooker, don’t you?  Less than 5 minutes of prep and dinner is well on it’s way to being ready.

You may recognize the two ingredients that are paired up in this recipe from the popular meatball appetizers that get served at parties.  I decided to try it over pork chops instead of meatballs.  Really, I think you could use any type of meat for this.  Use what you find in your freezer or what’s on sale.

I served this with Easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes and steamed broccoli.  It tasted like I’d spent a long time cooking, but in total it probably only added up to about 15 minutes of hands on work.  And that was spread out over the day.  Perfect for a busy family!

Here’s what you’ll need for the pork chops:   [Read more…]

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Teriyaki Pork Chops with Red Pepper and Pineapple in the Slow Cooker

Teriyaki pork chops in the slow cooker

 

I love any recipe that only takes a couple of minutes to put in the crockpot.  This one is a bit of a different take on boneless pork chops.

It makes use of store-bought teriyaki glaze/sauce.  The peppers and pineapple get added at the end of the cooking time, while the rice is cooking.  That helps keep them from overcooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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