Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions & text are all mine.
It’s officially fall, y’all.
The summer is over & things are busy again for many of us. I know they are getting super busy for me! After my husband passed away last year, I took a lot of time away from practically everything – and I do mean everything. As a result, I got super-duper behind at life in general. You name it, I’m playing catch up on it.
My kids, who are homeschooled, got a few months behind in their studies and now we are in double time trying to make up for it. Plus, I’m back blogging full time instead of just part time these days (so thankful y’all missed me being full-time by the way!) – so my schedule is a little on the crazy side at the moment. Any way that I can cut back on the craziness & make my schedule (and life) a little less hectic is a blessing in disguise, that’s for sure. So, I go for little time savers here & there so that I can get ahead again.
As for family dinners, slow cooking is probably my favorite way to save time & free up more for me to spend with my family. And I know I’m not alone in that – many of us are huge slow cooking fans. What’s not to love about throwing everything in a crockpot & going about your day?
When Smithfield approached me with the idea to create a fall recipe using their Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, I knew instantly that I wanted to do a full meal deal in the slow cooker. Smithfield Marinated pork is already easy peasy since all the prep work is done for you, so teaming it up with my slow cooker to make an easy & flavorful family meal just seemed like the perfect option. And with my busy schedule, this recipe is the perfect solution to get a home cooked meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Actually, you only need about 10 minutes prep, and then you just pop it in your slow cooker and let it cook all day. The lemon & garlic in this recipe compliments the Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Sirloin perfectly – and it does amazing things for the purple potatoes & green beans too. Like – I’m literally over hear salivating just thinking about it. It’s so good that I’ve already made it for dinner twice in the past week and a half and every single time that I make it – it gets gobbled up to the very last bite. Real Flavor, Real Fast. 🙂
So how good is this Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Pork with Green Beans & Purple Potatoes? Well, there wasn’t a single bite of it left behind after my family got done with it so that should tell you something! The prep is only 10 minutes & you just throw it all in your crockpot for the day. Easy-peasy!
Here’s what you need:
In a skillet over high heat, sear the pork on each side.
Transfer it into your slow cooker & spread the halved purple potatoes, fresh green beans, quartered onion, & garlic cloves around the pork roast. Squeeze the juice of one lemon evenly over top of the pork & veggies. Lay a few lemon slices around on the veggies & one or two on the pork. Pour in enough chicken broth to cover the veggies by 1/2 inch.
Hold up one second and check out this picture… Aren’t those colors gorgeous?!
Cover, & cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Slice the pork & serve with the juice from the bottom of the crockpot drizzled over top.
Perfection – and it took no fuss at all.
What’s your favorite time saving meal tip?
- 1 Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Roast (or other cut)
- 2 lemons
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups halved purple potatoes
- 4 cups fresh green beans
- 1 onion, quartered
- chicken broth (enough to cover vegetable by ½ inch)
- garlic salt & pepper to taste
- In a skillet on high heat, sear the pork on each side. Place in your slow cooker (I use a 6 quart). Spread the minced garlic cloves, purple potatoes, green beans, & onion around the pork. Squeeze the juice of one lemon evenly over top of the vegetables & pork. Sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper to taste. Slice the other lemon & arrange over top of the vegetables & pork. Pour in enough chicken broth to cover the vegetables by ½".
- Cook on low for 6 hours. Slice the pork & serve with the pan drippings ladled over top.
You can find Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork at your local Kroger in a variety of flavors across tenderloins, loin filets, & sirloins. They are made from 100% fresh pork & packed with protein – and can be whipped up on any night in 30 minutes. #RealFlavorRealFast! Visit Smithfield for more recipes.