GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - If you haven’t used your slow cooker in a while this is the perfect time of year, the jam-packed school season in full swing, the days are turning cooler, and Meijer is stocked with nutrient rich produce and affordable ingredients. The timing is just right to create some wholesome, warm recipes that will save you time and satisfy your hungry family. Maranda visited Shari Steinbach from Meijer to get some delicious (and easy!) crockpot meal recipes.
Use for BBQ sandwiches, tacos, burritos, etc.
- 1 boneless pork shoulder, about 3 pounds
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 onions, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, mashed
1 bottle barbecue sauce, if desired
- Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the pork shoulder well with salt and pepper. Place meat in the pan fat side down and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Remove from pan and place in the vessel of a slow cooker. Add the water, onions and garlic to the slow cooker, cover and set temperature to low. Cook for 8-10 hours, or until tender and falling apart. Remove meat from the pot and shred using two forks.
- At this point meat can be crisped under the broiler to make carnitas (Mexican-style pork) and used for taco or burrito filling. Or alternately, you can drain the slow cooker of any fat and juice and return meat to the pot. Stir in one bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for one hour more, or until heated through.
Serve on whole grain buns and top with coleslaw; add a glass of lowfat milk and fresh Michigan apple slices to complete the meal.
Hearty Pot Roast – Produce For Kids Recipe
Makes 8 servings
- 2 Tbsp. Meijer olive oil
- 2 lbs. beef chuck roast
- 2 cups Green Giant® Fresh Klondike Rose potatoes, quartered
- 2 cups Bolthouse Farms® coin cut carrots
- 1 cup Highline® mushrooms, chopped
- 2 cups onions, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 Sunset Campari® brand cocktail tomatoes, chopped
- 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp. McCormick® Italian seasoning
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add chuck roast, season with salt and pepper as desired, and cook 3-5 minutes on each side, or until meat is browned.
- Place chuck roast, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes, broth and Italian seasoning in slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours
- Season with lemon juice, to taste.
Serve with a Dole green salad and a whole grain baguette from the bakery.
Makes 4 servings
- 4 Meijer skinless chicken breast
- 2 cups Meijer canned pineapple chunks in juice (reserve juice)
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup Meijer brown sugar
- Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, black pepper, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside.
- Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker, cover with pineapple and top with sauce.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours. (If chicken is frozen, cook for full 8 hours).
- To thicken sauce, remove lid from slow cooker in the last hour of cooking. This will allow steam out and the sauce will thicken and condense slightly. If you prefer a thicker sauce, transfer sauce to pan and boil with flour or cornstarch until reduced to desired thickness.
Serve over brown rice with sugar snap peas.
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