I’m not by any means a foodie, a food blogger or even a terribly great cook. I’ll be honest and say that I tend to look more at convenience when choosing what to feed my family for dinner than whether it’s the best nutritional option or the healthiest choice I can find. I have friends who love to cook and can take just about any food item and turn it into a delicious meal – that is so not me. I can make something from a box or even follow a recipe if I’ve got all of the ingredients on-hand. The thought of trying to substitute something for a missing item stops me cold and the very thought of coming up with an original recipe of my own has actually caused a lot of stress over the past week. But – I was excited about the idea too. I want to feed my family healthier choices that are still convenient and that, most importantly, they will eat and enjoy. Rather than combing through cook books and recipe sites, having to weed out the options with ingredients that my picky husband doesn’t like, I figured that I could take something we do like in general – pork – and make my own recipe that in theory, my family should like. Easy, right?
I debated a bit over whether to go with a boneless pork roast, but finally decided on boneless pork chops, since they are something we eat on a regular basis anyway – although I’m usually throwing them in the oven with a coating of Shake ‘n Bake, so yes – they’re still made from a box in a way. But not so this time. This time, I took a chance and put everything together without having any idea how it would all turn out.
I started off with my boneless pork chops from Costco – a package of 8 thick chops. This time I decided to make half of the package, and froze the remaining chops to use in a future meal. I chose to use the slow cooker because I love how easy it is and that when we’re so busy with soccer practices right now, I can still provide my family with a home-cooked meal that is ready when we needed to eat and run. I adapted a recipe that we already use for chicken – but changed it up a bit with how I seasoned it. I also debated between using cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup – and ended up finding one with both. My husband’s reaction to the soup was an immediate ‘eww!’ but I thought it would mix things up and it really did make for a unique – and delicious taste in the end, which even my husband had to agree on. It is a pretty simple recipe, and I apologize that I didn’t keep very good track of how much I used in the way of spices – I’m recommending that you simply season to taste, which is what I did.
So here is my final recipe for my Slow Cooker Pork Chops!
- 4 – thick-cut boneless pork chops
- 3 to 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup diced or baby carrots
- 1 10-3/4 oz. can Cream of Chicken and Mushroom soup
- 1 10-3/4 oz. can of water
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Minced Onions and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt – to taste
- Trim fat from pork chops and brown in skillet with cooking spray or a dash of olive oil, and season chops to taste while browning.
- Add can of Cream of Chicken and Mushroom soup to slow cooker.
- Lay browned pork chops in slow cooker then add diced potatoes and carrots on top. Add more seasonings to taste.
- Fill empty soup can with water and pour over top of slow cooker.
- Cook in 4 hours on high.
- Serves 4-6.
So what did my family think? I’ll let you judge for yourself what the kids thought in the video below. My husband didn’t want to go on camera, but he really liked the meal and even ate the one leftover pork chop for dinner the next night as well. Leftovers aren’t something he eats very often, so that tells me more than anything that this meal was a success. And one that we’ll definitely make again!
I have a $25 Costco Cash gift card for one lucky reader to use either for your own pork dinner or whatever else you wish to spend it on. Don’t forget that pork cuts will be on sale every week this month at Costco and you can find tips and recipes to help at Costco’s “In The Warehouse” section of their website and at PorkBeInspired.com! If you’d like to have a chance to win, here are the rules:
- Enter by leaving a comment here to let me know what your favorite cut of pork or pork recipe is. Or if you’re not fans of pork, what is your favorite meal to sit down and eat together as a family? This is required – please don’t just say anything like ‘choose me’, or your entry will be discarded.
- The contest will run until Tuesday, October 18th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected through random drawing using the ‘And The Winner Is’ plugin, contacted by e-mail and listed on this post. US entries only, please.
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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – and the winner is…
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