Healthy Holiday Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
12 oz. raw lean boneless pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
12 oz. raw boneless pork shoulder (the leanest piece you can find), trimmed of excess fat
2 cups roughly chopped onion
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Seasonings: garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
In a small bowl, combine mustard with 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Add 2 tsp. water, and mix well.
Add both kinds of pork to the slow cooker, and season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper.
Top with onion, cranberries, and mustard mixture.
Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until pork is cooked through.
Transfer pork to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the meat in place and one to scrape across and shred it.
Return shredded pork to the slow cooker, and mix well.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
HG Serving SuggestionsIt was love at first bite when we tasted this recipe, and we discovered roughly a zillion ways to enjoy it. Here are our top five...
In lettuce cups: See that beauteous photo above? Exactly. Just spoon a serving of the pork into 3 round lettuce leaves; iceberg and butter lettuce work perfectly.
In a high-fiber tortilla: For a yummy lunch wrap, start with a high-fiber tortilla with 110 calories or less -- the 80-calorie La Tortilla Factory tortillas are our top pick. Add a little shredded lettuce for crunch, roll it all up, and you're good to go.
In a sweet-potato shell: Ready to have your mind blown? Pierce an 8-oz. sweet potato a few times with a fork, and then nuke it for 5 minutes, or until soft. Slice it in half, scoop out most of the insides, and stuff the halves with the cranberry pork. So good, and the halved shell itself adds only around 90 calories!
On a salad: With the sweet 'n saucy pork, you don't even need dressing. Try it with chopped romaine, sliced seedless cucumber, and grape tomatoes. So much yum!
In steamed cabbage leaves: Classic stuffed cabbage is filled with savory meat and sweet sauce, and it rocks... So it stands to reason that this sweet 'n savory pork would also rock wrapped in cabbage! Steam a few leaves in the microwave, or cook half a cabbage head in a slow cooker. Wrap it up, and devour...
Chew on this:
Today, December 3rd, is Make a Gift Day. How about printing today's recipe and packaging it with a bag of sweetened dried cranberries and a bottle of spicy brown mustard? That's one gift we'd love to receive...
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