Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield®️ Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.
With just 10 minutes of prep, this Garlic & Herb Slow Cooker Pork and Vegetables is an easy and healthy dinner to suit your busiest days! Just place everything in the slow cooker, and by the end of the day you will come home to a warm, cozy meal that the entire family will love!
As we’re now halfway through the month of September and my boys have a few weeks of school under their belts, we have definitely settled into our new fall routine. I spend much of my days transporting the three boys to and from their various schools, negotiating homework, shuffling everyone out the door to sports practices, and hosting play dates. In other words: it doesn’t leave much room in the schedule for complicated weeknight dinners!
My family needs real flavor, real fast, which is why I often rely on Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork to get simple and delicious dinners on the table quickly.
I recently purchased this Smithfield Marinated Fresh Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Sirloin in the fresh meat section at Safeway, and my Garlic and Herb Slow Cooker Pork and Vegetables dinner was on the table just a few hours later!
The Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is available in a variety of fresh cuts, and can be utilized in a number of different cooking styles and dishes. You can even slice or cube the pork for faster dinners that are ready in 30 minutes or less, making it perfect for any night of the week!
Since I frequently rely on my slow cooker, I decided to create this new slow cooker pork dish for a satisfying and comforting dinner that we can enjoy on our busiest weeknights. This thick, juicy, flavorful meat can be sautéed, grilled, or roasted, but it also lends itself beautifully to the low-and-slow method!
It’s a great option for those evenings when we have multiple soccer practices on the agenda, since I’m typically rushed to feed the kids an early supper before we head off to the fields. They can enjoy a plate of Garlic and Herb Slow Cooker Pork and Vegetables with buttered biscuits on the side, while I keep the rest of the meal warm in the slow cooker until Keith gets home from work. Whether I like it or not, we often have to eat in shifts, and this dinner accommodates a variety of schedules.
The Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients. The prep work is done because it is slow-marinated and perfectly seasoned, so my only job is to toss the ingredients into a pot early in the day and set the timer! There’s no fussing at the last minute, no racing around the kitchen while I’m trying to deal with the children, and no stress about burned meat or undercooked veggies. The slow cooker pork comes out perfectly tender and juicy every time!
Whether you’re preparing a special, relaxing Sunday supper for your family, or rushing to throw together something fast during the week, my best tip is to grab your favorite cut of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and skip the prep work! You can roast it in the oven, grill it outside, or toss it in the slow cooker for a one-dish meal. No matter how you prepare it, the marinated pork will give you #RealFlavorRealFast — without much effort!
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Garlic & Herb Slow Cooker Pork and Vegetables
- 1 lb. carrots peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
- 8 mini golden potatoes quartered
- 1 sweet onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Smithfield Marinated Fresh Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Sirloin about 23 ounces
- 1 lemon halved
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
- Place carrots, potatoes, and onions in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic and salt over the vegetables and toss to coat.
- Place pork on top of the vegetables.
- Add lemon to the slow cooker and pour chicken broth over everything.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
- I don’t think that broccoli cooks well in the slow cooker because it gets mushy. Instead, I prefer to steam my broccoli separately so that it’s just crisp-tender, and then stir it into the pot at the end of the cooking time. As an alternative, you can stir the raw broccoli into the slow cooker during the final 1 hour of cooking time so that it has an opportunity to cook with the rest of the dish, but it doesn’t become overcooked.
- Slice pork loin just before serving.