Category Archives: Slow-Cooked Meals

Simple Slow Cooked Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

I love slow-cooked dishes that require so little prep that I can throw it all in the crockpot before work and come home to a delicious meal. This is one of those recipes. My mornings usually consist of spending 10 minutes waking up my daughter, making her breakfast, and getting us both ready. Since we are usually in such a rush, I prefer our evenings, where we spend the most time together. I love cooking for my family, but I don’t mind the days where I can come home from work and just relax. This meal gave me that extra quality family time, for only 10 extra minutes of prep in the morning!

There won’t be a lot of prepping pictures to accompany this recipe, since time was of the essence in the morning when I was putting it together. But believe me when I say, it was SO EASY!

balsamic pork

Doesn’t that look so good?

1 2-3 pound boneless pork tenderloin
1.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3/4 cups balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (a little more if you like the heat)
4 cloves garlic, chopped

Mix together all ingredients except for pork tenderloin in your slow cooker.
Add in your pork (I flipped mine over a few times in the pot to get all sides seasoned) – see, I wasn’t kidding when I said E.A.S.Y!
Cook for 4 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low (I did 7).

Makes about 6 servings. Serve over rice with a healthy helping of broccoli (the sauce tastes delicious with both!)


Simply Delish Beef Pot Roast


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There’s just something about a slow-cooked meal on a cold, fall day. I love my slow-cooker. So far, almost everything I’ve used it for has turned out delicious…except for that one time (we’ll save that story for another day!). The Simply Delish Beef Pot Roast is no exception. I started the pot roast at 9am before we went out for breakfast, and by 630pm, a rich, meat and potatoes meal was waiting for us. Have I mentioned that a meal is perfect in my husband’s eyes as long as it contains meat and potatoes? Another reason we love this dish!

Small to medium size rump roast
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 envelope brown gravy mix
2 individual size serving apple sauce
2 cups water
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium to large size potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 small onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced

Sear all sides of the roast in the frying pan in a little bit of oil.
Put roast in the crock pot, top with vegetables.
Mix envelope mixes with water and applesauce, then pour over roast and vegetables.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours (I cooked for 9.5 hours).
Best served with warm rolls.
Makes about six servings.


Recipe adapted from

Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Honey

Sunday is the perfect day for a slow-cooked meal. Our family tradition is to start with a late breakfast on Sunday, skip lunch and sit down to an early Sunday dinner. I like to pull out my slow-cooker for these meals as I have the extra time to prep in the afternoon, and by dinner there is an amazing meal waiting for us.

This is the season for picking apples, so this Sunday I’ve incorporated them into our slow cooked meal. A side of roasted cauliflower is the perfect accompaniment to this dish!

1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 c. chicken broth, 1/2 c. honey, 2 apples, 1 onion, 1 1.5 lb pork tenderloin (not shown) and 1 c. apple cider (not shown), salt
Peel the apple and chop along with the onion.
Place the pork tenderloin in the crockpot.
Put the onions and apples on top of the pork tenderloin.
Add 1/2 c. honey, 1/2 c. chicken broth, 1/2 c. apple cider, 1/2 tsp. apple cinnamon and a little bit of salt to the top
This is going to make the house smell amazing!
Set your slow cooker to low heat and walk away for 8-10 hours. My slow cooker usually cooks food very quickly, so I’ll be checking it in about 6-7 hours.
8 hours later…dinner is ready! Served on a bed of homemade cheddar-garlic red-skinned mashed potatoes with a side of vegetables. Sooooo good!
It was so nice to come home to a delicious meal after my daughter’s cheer competition today. Her team placed 3rd!
I have to say one of my favorite parts of the competition day is when all the cheerleaders converge onto the floor at the end of all the routines to dance and cheer….

You’ll Need:
1.5-2lb pork tenderloin
2 apples, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. apple cider
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
a few dashes of salt

Place your pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
Put the diced apples and onion on top of the pork.
Pour the 1/2 c. chicken broth, 1/2 c. honey, 1/2 c. apple cider on top.
Put the 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a few dashes of salt on top.
Set the slow cooker on low heat and walk away for 8-10 hours.