Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Crockpot Meal - Pork Chops and Red Cabbage / Apples

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Dear Girls,

I'm not an amazing cook.  I'm just a mom who is happy most nights to get a prepared meal on the table (as opposed to cereal).  We have a few staples in our meal rotation, I suspect, like everyone else.  I thought I would share this one in case you are looking for a new meal that's quick, healthy, tasty and affordable. 


Maybe Mrs. G or Mrs. W will whip me up one of these darling aprons for when I cook.  
I already have the pearls and the holly leaf barrette.

Honestly the big draw of this meal for me is that it takes less than fifteen minutes to prepare (hence the reason I'm including it this week).  The hardest part about the recipe is peeling and dicing two apples.  It's a great dinner for fall because you can dump it, er, carefully prepare it, in the crockpot and then let it cook all day.  It makes the house smell awesome too.  The first time I had this I was a little skeptical.  I'm not a big cabbage person (sorry Irish relatives).  But the cabbage in this recipe becomes kind of like an apple slaw and tastes delicious.  My kids even ate it.  


Here's the recipe, taken from Family Circle magazine:
Pork Chops With Red Cabbage

ingredients
  • small head red cabbage, core removed and shredded (about 8 cups)
  • Fuji apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2  cup
    red wine vinegar
  • 2  tablespoons
    light brown sugar
  • 2  teaspoons
    caraway seeds
  • 1/2  teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon
    black pepper
  • bone-in pork loin chops (about 2 pounds)
  • 2  tablespoons
    cornstarch

directions

1.
Place cabbage and apples in slow cooker. Stir in vinegar, sugar, caraway seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.


2.
Place pork chops in slow cooker over cabbage and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on HIGH for about 3-1/2 hours or LOW for 7 hours or until cabbage is softened.


3.
Remove pork from slow cooker and keep warm. Using a ladle, remove 2 tablespoons liquid from slow cooker and place in a small bowl. Whisk cornstarch into liquid in bowl. Clear cabbage aside in slow cooker and whisk cornstarch mixture back into slow cooker. Using tongs, toss thickened liquid with cabbage and stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve with pork immediately.

nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 335, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 71 mg, Sodium 412 mg, Carbohydrate 35 g, Fiber 6 g, Protein 32 g. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


*For the shredded cabbage I use two bags of the Wegmans cabbage (sorry peeps who are not near Wegmans) because I'm lazy.  I didn't use cornstarch because I think it's fine without.  In other words, I skip step three altogether.  You can judge for yourself if you'd like to thicken the liquid. Also, be careful not to overcook the chops. 

Here's what you need:
crockpot meal
crockpot 2
Chop and Dump
Also for those of you live near a Wegmans and own a smartphone, check out the Wegmans app!  You can search for products by your local store and find prices.  Then when you go shopping it will order your list by the store layout AND tell you what aisle the item is in.  It helps if you're trying to stick to a budget or plan a quick trip.  Check out this screen shot:



Approximate Prep Time:  5 Minutes

Approximate Cost Per Person:  $4.50

The following fed my family of five and we had some leftover.
(2 adults, 2 kids, 1 baby)

2 1lbs Bone In Pork Chops:  $11.00
2 bags of shredded cabbage:    $3.00
2 apples  $.99
Caraway Seeds   $2.00
Brown Sugar   $.99
Red Wine Vinegar  $.99
TOTAL :  $18.00


Photo from Family Circle

Note:  I already had the sugar, vinegar and caraway seeds so it only cost me $15.00!  

Hope you like it!  Remember to wear your pearls, gingham apron and holly leaf barrette...makes it more special.  Also, act like it took you FOREVER to make the meal.  It's hard work growing apples and harvesting cabbage.  Give yourself a pat on the back.


Eating bonbons,






Mrs. Williams Comment:  You've inspired me Mrs. Kelly.  I think I just might pull out that crock pot and make like I'm a real-live cook tonight.  I can just imagine the look on my husband's face when he gets home and smells something cooking, "Honey?  Is that you?"

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