Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sweet Pulled Pork

Meal #5: Sweet Pulled Pork

3-5 lb. Sirloin or Boneless Pork Loin Roast
1 cup Salsa, any kind
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar

1. Place ingredients in a greased or coated slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours.  Shred pork with a fork or potato masher before serving.  Use meal in burritos, tacos, or salads.

My Review

This was the easiest meal yet.  Just a matter of combining 3 ingredients and letting the crock pot do the rest.  This was totally my kind of meal; simple and yummy!  We ate ours in tacos with some green bell peppers, shredded cheese, and the delicious sour cream.  I'll definitely make this meal again, and it's going to be a keeper for the rest of my days on this earth.  My only recommendation would be to serve this recipe with bigger parties.  With just my parents and me eating this, we had left-overs for weeks and eventually ended up throwing the rest away.  It's amazing how much a 3 lb. pork roast can feed.  

4 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sloppy Joe Rotini

Meal #4: Sloppy Joe Rotini

1 lb. ground beef
2 cups uncooked rotini pasta (6 oz.)
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup water
1 small zucchini, sliced (1 cup)
1 jar (15 1/2 oz.) extra-thick-and-chunky sloppy joe sauce

1. Cook beef in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients.
2. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium.  Cover and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

My Review

This was an easy meal to make with few ingredients and even fewer steps.  However, I wasn't particularly fond of how the meal turned out.  My biggest complaint is that it was so dry.  I don't know if the recipe needs more water or more sauce, but it was too dry for my taste.  I was making this meal to feed the missionaries and they arrived about 15-20 late, so I'm wondering if the dryness is because it was "simmering" longer than expected.  Regardless, it wasn't my favorite and I'm not sure if I'll try it again.  I'm torn because it wasn't gross, but it wasn't delicious either.  It just needs more sauce, I think, and eat promtly.  

3 Stars