Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears

By Stacie Morgan, January 5, 2017, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Happy New Year!

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Welcome to the first Cooking with Less Kilowatts recipe for 2017! This week, we’re featuring an easy slow cooker recipe that is perfect for dinner and helping you reach your health and fitness related New Year’s resolutions.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

The slow cooker is our favorite appliance for cooking proteins without using a lot of energy and also for cooking proteins without adding extra fat. This week, we are making a pork tenderloin roast, one that’s spiced with fresh pears and sweet yellow onions. Even better, the chicken stock, fresh squeezed orange juice, orange marmalade, and honey combine to create delicious orange citrus juice that keeps the roast moist and flavorful.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

Once the cook time is complete, I recommend removing the pork from the slow cooker, turning off the heat, and setting it on a plate to let it rest for 10 minutes. Then, simply slice it into 1- to 2-inch-thick slices, and place the slices back into the slow cooker with the pears and onions for 10 more minutes. This really lets the meat soak in the citrus sauce so it stays moist and becomes as flavorful as possible!

Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. Pork Tenderloin
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 Large sweet yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 Green pear, sliced
  • ½ c. Chicken stock
  • ¼ c. Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ c. Orange marmalade (no sugar added/natural style)
  • 2 tbsp. Honey

Directions:

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1) Pat the tenderloin dry with a paper towel.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

2) Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ginger to a small container and mix to make a rub.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

3) Rub the tenderloin with the rub mixture and set aside.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

4) Slice the yellow onion and pear into large, but thin slices.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

5) Add the chicken stock, orange juice, orange marmalade, and honey to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and whisk to combine.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

6) Place the sliced onions on the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pear slices on top of the onions.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

7) Place the rubbed tenderloin pieces on top of the pear and onion slices.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

8) Pour the citrus juice mixture into the slow cooker over the pork very slowly. Do not pour too fast as this will remove too much rub. Spoon any extra orange zest from the marmalade left in the bowl onto the pork.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

9) Cook on low for 3 hours until done.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Spiced Pork and Pears | Bounce Energy Blog

This specific recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner on Sunday since the cooking time is only 3 hours. You can use a pork tenderloin roast (as shown in the photos above) or a pork loin roast, though if you choose the bone-in variety, you need to add an extra hour of cook time.

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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About 

Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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