Smothered Pork

This is a fabulous fall dish. And let’s be honest. Fall food is the best food. Root vegetables of every color and shape; fragrant apples and pears juicy as can be; and leafy greens and radish in brilliant Van Gogh shades. Fall is the ideal time to convince children that veggies are good because they become intensely beautiful and delicious.

76391_10101777959651549_1257622926_nI actually didn’t have very high hopes for this recipe. I thought it would be a way to class up some kale, but as it turns out, it was fantastic! I think this dish would make almost anyone happy. Add a roasted veggie side and you have a delicious, fairly healthy meal. It doesn’t take a ton of work. I have even put a crockpot version at the bottom. It will also please meat eaters, because, come on, who doesn’t like pork?

Essentially, this is a pork, onion and kale melange all cooked in its own sauce. The sauce is really lovely in its simplicity. I wasn’t sure how the final product would turn out, but it is actually amazing. I would recommend sifting off some of the fat, though, which I didn’t do.

Adapted from Cooking Light

1 Tbl canola oil

2 lb pork shoulder

salt and pepper to taste

2 1/2 cups sliced onion

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp five spice

2 garlic cloves, chopped

5 cups chopped kale

Preheat oven to 325°. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to Dutch oven. Sprinkle pork evenly with salt and pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 7 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove pork from pan and keep warm.

Add onion to pan (add more oil if needed). Cook 5 minutes or until onion begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth, vinegar, spices, and garlic to pan. Bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.

Return pork to pan. Cover and bake in the oven at 325° for 1 1/2 hours. Add kale to pan; cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Take out and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Spoon sauce over pork and veggies and serve.

If making in the crockpot, brown all sides of pork roast, then add all of the ingredients to a crockpot and cook on high for 6-8 hours (depending on the strength of your crockpot).

Quick and Healthy – Kale and Arugula Pasta with Egg

I first heard about this combination on a cooking show.  I thought it soundedinteresting.  Turns out, sautéed kale on pasta with egg is very popular.  And I can see why.  It is healthy, incredibly delicious and simple – the perfect kind of meal for a busy work week.  It is also a great way to get your leafy greens. 🙂

This recipe is perfect for my quick and healthy series because it literally look 10 minutes!  Plus, if you aren’t a fan of kale, you could easily substitute spinach, or mustard greens.  You can also add some red pepper flakes if you like a kick.  The gently poached egg makes a sauce for the pasta all its own.  Break open the yolk and watch all the runny deliciousness coat your noodles.  

I made this recipe for my husband and I and it fed both of us with leftovers.  It would likely serve 3 people easily.

2 cups of rinsed, dried and chopped kale, loosely packed

2 cups of rinsed and dried arugula, loosely packed

1 1/2 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

2 teaspoons of chopped garlic

salt and pepper to taste

6-8 oz of whole wheat pasta

1 egg per dish

Old Taylor Street cheese sprinkle (I got mine at The Spice House, but you can just as easily use some grated parmesan)

Prepare pasta as directed on box.  Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and saute until fragrant (approximately 1 minute).  Add kale and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until it begins to wilt, tossing a few times during cooking.  Add arugula and cook until it begins to wilt.  Toss again.

Add drained and cooked pasta to pan with greens and turn off heat.  Prepare poached egg by placing it in boiling water for 3 minutes.  Smitten Kitchen has great tips on how to make the perfect poached egg.

Assemble meal by placing greens and pasta mixture in bowl.  Sprinkle some cheese mixture on the pasta.  Place perfectly poached egg on top and break open.  Eat and experience the magic.