One of the things that can be difficult being a mom who works full time and has a blog, is finding time to fit everything in your day, including making a healthy meal for your family and cleaning it all up afterwards. One of my favorite ways to make a healthy dinner during the week is by using the crock pot. I'm always experimenting with new recipes and ideas, and one of our new favorite recipes is crock pot pork carnitas. The recipe uses pork tenderloin, several spices, an onion, a hot pepper, some fresh juice from a lime and an orange, and a can of orange seltzer. You throw all of that in the crock pot for 8 hours and serve it with some rice and corn tortillas and you have a delicious, healthy and easy meal.
What you'll need:
4lbs Pork Tenderloin - You can use tenderloin or a roast
1 White or Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Jalapeño, Seeded and Chopped
1 Orange, Juiced
1 Lime, Juiced
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peper
1 Can of Orange Seltzer
1. Combine all of the spices into a small bowl. Rub the spices into the outside of the pork.
2. Place the Onion, Jalapeño, garlic and pork into the crock pot. Juice the Orange and Lime over the pork and pour the Orange Seltzer over top.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5.
4. Once it has cooked and pulls apart easily, shred all of the meat. If there is too much juice left in the crock pot, I will sometimes drain that out.
5. Serve with corn tortillas, rice, beans and avocado - These are just our favorite sides with this meal!
But then comes to clean up. Even the easiest meal in my crock pot seems to leave quite a mess. NEW Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ helps make clean-up quick and easy. I was able to find the new scents at my local Fred Meyer. Check the store locator to find a store near you. I let the crock pot soak for about 30 minutes with some Fusion Clean™Baking Soda & Lime and warm water and the crock pot cleans up easily. I usually let the crock pot soak once we are done with dinner while we have some play time and get Harper ready for bed. I love that I can just let it all soak while we get in some family time, and then clean up is a breeze! Plus it smells great when it's all clean. And if you aren't a huge fan of that scent, there's also Fusion Clean™ Baking Soda & Grapefruit I know they both smell amazing, because my husband couldn't decide which one he liked better, so we have both! Because clean up is so easy, I am able to get a healthy dinner on the table and clean up afterwards, while still having time to spend with Harper after a busy work day.
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I love being able to spend my evenings after work with Dan and Harper, and coming home to a healthy meal that's almost all finished is a great feeling. My evenings can seem pretty rushed, with only an hour between when I walk in the door and when we start bedtime, and I want to be able to soak up every minute of family time I can. Having easy go-to meals like this one and an easy clean up afterwards help me enjoy my busy evenings and the little time with Harper I have!
What are some of your favorite easy weeknight meals or cleaning tips?