Slow cookers are pretty much the best thing ever. Okay my slow cooker is pretty much the best thing ever as long as I remember to actually use it. When I actually remember to use it things like Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast. Not only do we get a dinner out of this yummy crock pot meal, we also get a good start on two additional meals.
Yes, you read that right, three dinners. If you play your cards right you will have Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast, Pineapple Cranberry Sauce to use with grilled pork chops or salmon and BBQ Pork Pizza. By adjusting the amount you make of the Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast to suit your family size you can get a head start on additional meals for your family. Below you will find the instructions to make Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast to get 4 servings and basic instructions to help you turn one dinner into three.
A slow cooker really knows how to make a pork roast. Without fail pork roasts come out of the slow cooker moist, tender and bursting with delicious flavor. Whether making three meals or one this Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast should go on you must make list.
Spiced Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast
3.5 – 4 pound Pork Roast
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 a large onion sliced
1 cup dried cranberries
1 15 ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice for later use)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/8 cup soy sauce
Mix garlic, onion, cranberries, pineapple, pineapple juice, cayenne, cinnamon, thyme, teriyaki sauce and soy sauce in crock pot. Stir to combine. Nestle the pork roast down into the mixture.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Roast is finished when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
To serve slice roast and top with pineapple cranberry sauce.
Meal #2: Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Cranberry Sauce
Reserve 1/8-1/4 cup of pineapple cranberry sauce for each future serving you will need. For example if you have a family of 4 you will need about 1 cup. Place sauce in the freezer safe container or bag. Before serving thaw and then warm in a medium sauce pan. Grill four pork chops to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To serve top each pork chop with a quarter of your Pineapple Cranberry sauce along side couscous and steamed vegetables. A quick easy and flavorful meal in less than 20 minutes.
Meal #3: BBQ Pork Pizza
Shred or slice remaining pork roast into small pieces. Each pizza will need 1 – 1 1/2 cups pork. For each pizza you are making mix 2 teaspoons of BBQ sauce into 1/3 cup of your favorite pizza sauce. Using homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, or your favorite store bought crust spread the sauce over each crust. Stir 1 -2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce into your shredded pork and then spread the pork over the crust, (feel free to use more BBQ sauce if you are so inclined). Spread one diced Roma tomato, 1/2 cup sliced green bell peppers, and 1/2 cup sliced onion. Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese over pizza, followed by 1/4 cup shredded cheddar. Cook until crust is crispy and cheese is melted and slightly browned around the edges.
And there you have it one main course and the start of two more, one for later on in the week and one in reserves in your freezer.
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