So life in general is pretty crazy, right? We are all busy beyond belief, pulled in a million directions, overwhelmed, overworked, and the list goes on and on. Currently, my family is on a mission to figure out how to slow down a bit. We have done some serious rearranging of our lives to hopefully conquer this goal. One big change we made recently; we got rid of the television. Not just canceled the cable, not just unplugged it, but it’s gone, adios, sayonara, out of here. I will admit, Rowan facilitated the lingering idea by breaking our flat screen during a passionate imaginary sword fight, but it was meant to be and a sign to go ahead with what we had been discussing. We didn’t watch a lot of tv before we tossed the box, but it was enough to kind of nag at me that there were other more productive or connective things we all could be doing besides being inundated with cereal commercials or reality shows. Was our decision extreme? Maybe, but I don’t care. It’s been almost two weeks with no TV and I LOVE IT. I can’t quite explain exactly what I love about it, but I love it. As far as the other changes we are making? Let’s just say that downsizing is a good thing. Our house is much smaller but our dining table is larger which means it’s less space to clean and more room at the table for the ones that I love.
Now, here’s a recipe to share with you all. I made this a couple of days ago when I knew my evening would not allow for any time to cook so in the morning, I went to my trusty slow cooker for some help and came up with what I’m sure will now be a staple at our house!
Cumin Spiced Slow Cooked Pork
2 lbs of Pork Loin (I used 2 – 1 pound loins)
Cumin, Sea Salt, Pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups green or red salsa (I used the salsa verde from Trader Joe’s)
1 1/2 cups strained tomatoes
1 tablespoon Cumin
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium to medium high heat. Sprinkle the pork on all sides generously with salt and pepper and then with the cumin powder. Use your fingers to rub the cumin into the pork loin. Sear the cumin spiced pork in the hot coconut oil for about 3 minutes per side or until the pork is nice and brown all the way around. Move the pork from the skillet to the slow cooker and top with the sliced onions and mushrooms. In the same pan that you seared the pork in, add the salsa, strained tomatoes, the 1 tablespoon of cumin, and garlic, and whisk together until bubbly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Pour the sauce over the pork, onions, and mushrooms in the slow cooker and cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.