Slow Cooker Pork Loin

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As I mentioned in my post from Monday, I have been dealing with allergies off and on for the past two weeks.  Yesterday was a day where I didn’t feel very well.  I woke up with sinus pain in the left side of my face – to the point where even my teeth hurt!  I ran out of the chicken soup that I made at the end of  last week, didn’t feel like having it again, but wanted to make something similar with lots of broth.  Healthy comfort food was basically what I was craving, and boy did this deliver!

When I bought groceries last week I had an idea that I wanted to make this soon so I bought a few of the things I knew I would need (like broth & pork loin).  Our freezer is fairly small, but if I had the room I would keep one of these on hand at all times, especially during the fall!

Back to this particular meal.  I didn’t have much energy or motivation (other than wanting to have food for my husband and I for the rest of the week).  It didn’t take much time or energy to put this together, and then I was able to leave it unattended for the rest of the day, so it was perfect!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized Organic Pork Loin (beef would work as well)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 32 oz boxes of Organic Vegetable broth (depending on the size of the loin & how much broth you want – for this particular batch I used 1 & 1/2 boxes because that’s what I had on hand).
  • 1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 small garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 medium sized red potatoes, diced into approximately 1 inch cubes
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt (may need to be adjusted depending on how much broth you use & what size pork loin you have)
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp sage

Directions:

  • Place the pork loin in a 6 quart slow cooker
  • Pour in the vegetable broth
  • Add the dry seasonings & turn the cooker on high while you chop the other vegetables
  • Add in each vegetable as you chop or slice (in whichever order you prefer)
  • This may sound silly, but I like to start with the quickest ones first because it makes me feel like I’m accomplishing more!
  • If you’re home during the day, leave on high for 3-4 hours, turn to low heat for a few more hours.
  • If you put this on and leave the house for the day, I would leave it on low the entire day.
  • If you don’t like the idea of leaving the slow cooker unattended all day, you could always start this at night on low & it will be ready by the morning.  Then you’ll have lunch & dinner taken care of!
  • When everything was cooked all the way through, I used a large fork and a pair of tongs to pull the pork loin apart.
  • Word of caution – if you have a large dog, make sure they can’t get to the kitchen!  Back when I had my Boxer/Great Dane mix we had several incidences oh him getting up on the counter.

As always, I stress the importance of using organic ingredients as much as possible.  That’s one of the dietary changes I made when I was making lifestyle modifications in order to find relief from my hypothyroid symptoms.   Since starting clean eating in the middle of 2013 I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my health.  I don’t get sick as often (unless I don’t follow my diet), and it’s definitely helping reduce the severity of my allergy symptoms right now.  It doesn’t have to be difficult to eat clean.  The prep time on this meal was probably 30 minutes, then I was able to leave it unattended.  30 minutes of prep time which yields multiple meals is not  bad at all if you ask me!

Please feel free to share your thoughts below.  I’d love to hear how this goes if you decide to make it, so please leave a comment with your experience.  And as always, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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