As many of you already know, I always look forward to Crock Pot Wednesdays. First of all, I just plain ‘ol love Wednesdays! I like that its halfway through the workweek for Mike, that we have indoor golf league, and my favorite show, Nashville, is on at 9pm. Not to mention there is usually a good college bball game on that night.
I like that I can prepare our supper early in the afternoon while T.J. is napping or eating lunch, taking my time, and then simply turn the crock pot on and the meal is ready to go later that night. Then when we arrive home from indoor golf, hungry and cold, we walk into a house that is engulfed in the aroma of whatever glorious dish has been cooking away all day, ready to be devoured. Turn on Nashville or whatever bball game we have taped and we’re ready to eat!
When we are being careful about what we are eating and trying to watch calories, Crock Pot Wednesdays can be somewhat of a challenge. I Enjoy a good ‘ol classic crock pot meal just as much as the next person, so I’m always tempted to resort back to some of those favorite foods. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get plenty of classic, comfort food recipes out of me in the future, but right now I’m really enjoying trying to make meals that are less than 500 calories, while not sacrificing flavor and not feeling deprived.
Over the past several years, I’ve quickly become addicted to pork. It is one of my favorite meats to make in the crock pot. Letting this meat cook on low for hours, gives it just the right consistency and has it falling apart, full of flavor and juices by the time we dig our forks into it. Like I said above, I’m a lover of classic foods. One of my favorite things to pair with pork has always been applesauce. This last week, I thought why not take that same idea and put it in the crock pot? This is where Apple Pork Loins were born. They were a hit and coming in at only 443 calories per serving, this meal stayed under my goal of 500 calories while still leaving our tummies full and satisfied.
Here’s what you’ll need on your grocery list:
**This recipe makes enough to serve 4 people and comes in at 443 calories per serving**
4 Center Cut Pork Loins (1 inch thick)
McCormicks Grill Mates Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning (they have regular that is not spicy, as well)
2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Honey
4 medium Braeburn Apples (or whatever type of apple you prefer), sliced
1 small Onion, chopped
In a small microwavable bowl, combine mustard and honey and microwave for 20 seconds. Using a cooking brush, apply the honey mustard mixture to all sides of each pork loin. Season one side of pork with steak seasoning to taste. I just cooked for two this night so in all my pictures the recipe is cut in half.
Spray crock pot with cooking spray and place pork season side up across the bottom of the crock pot.
Here is about the size your apples and onions should be. Of course, if you are cooking for 4 you will have 4 apples and one whole onion.
Slice apples into wedge-shaped pieces and roughly chop onion into bit-size pieces. Mix apples and onions together on the cutting board.
Pour apples and onions evenly on top of the pork and season the whole thing with salt to taste. I just sprinkled a little over the whole crock pot.
Cook on Low 7-8 hours.
Serve each loin on a plate and cover with apple/onion mixture.
This meal was a hit and was able to satisfy this mama even though my Hawkeyes lost to Michigan that night 😦 This will definitely be a repeat meal at our house, but maybe not on a day the Hawkeyes play…I’m a bit superstitious 🙂 But the Nashville episode was fabulous!!!
Enjoy and hopefully this meal will bring your team better luck than it did mine!