I am not going to lie. This week was hard for me. The deals at Publix were almost non-existent. I even emailed Michelle at I Heart Publix. She didn’t have any tricks up her sleeve either. We put our heads together and searched. This is what we came up with; Slow Cooker Pizza Pork Chops.
I really have been in love with my Crock Pot lately. It really makes my life a little easier. We started our homeschooling back this week, and life is a little crazier. It is crazy in general with 3 kids in the house. So, it is nice to throw something in my Rival Crock Pot and let it cook until dinner time. Did you know if you open the lid to your crock pot while it is cooking it ads something like 15-20 minutes to your cooking time? So, just another reason to throw everything in and walk away.
I have added dessert to the meal this week. Partly because apples are so cheap with the target printable coupon. The other part is I am getting ready for Fall. It is so hot here in Florida I guess I am trying to push the seasons along a little.
By the way, this was my first time making this particular recipe. The pork chops turned out amazing! They are super tender! You could cut them with a fork! I served them with a side salad and the left over homemade rolls from the Pepperoni Rolls. OH, they are so good!
Slow Cooker Pizza Pork Chops
|6||Pork loin chops, 1 inch thick (about 2 1/4 lb)|
|1||tablespoon vegetable oil|
|medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
Tablespoon minced Garlic
|2||cups tomato pasta sauce|
|4||cups cooked orzo or other pasta|
|1||cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)|
Place oil in Large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle Pork chops with salt and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours.
Place orzo or pasta on platter. Top with pork and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese
*Suggestion* Put things you like on your pizza in the crock pot with the pork. I bet things like mushrooms, bell pepper, or red pepper would be delicious.
I served these with regular pasta, because I haven’t been to the store yet this week to get the orzo. You could serve these with any type of pasta and they would be so yummy!
Oven Baked Apples
- 4-6 Apples such as Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold bake best
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinammon
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3 TBSP Butter
- 3 TBSP Flour
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts ( I used Pecans)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup Apple Juice
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Core apple, and peel top around opening.
- Place apples in 8×8 baking dish.
- Fill center with raisins.
- In seperate bowl mix together sugar, cinammon, and flour.
- Use a fork and squish in butter. (squish is such a technical term!)
- Mix in chopped nuts.
- Put crumbly nut topping on each apple.
Pour the water and apple juice into the same measuring cup and pour over the apples.
- Place uncovered in oven for 1 hour. Baste every 20 minutes while baking.
- Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream, or alone!
And now for the deal!
As most of you know, Michelle at I Heart Publix helps me compile the coupons and the sale prices. These prices are for Publix. You may be able to make these items cheaper if you already have some ingredients on hand. I assume you have some of the basics on hand already.
2 lbs Boneless Pork Loin Chops at $2.99/Lb = $5.98
2 Ronzoni Pasta $1.40 – $1/2 IP = $0.40
1 Barilla Pasta Sauce $1.38
1 Kraft Shredded Mozerella $2.79 – $0.50 tearpad $1.79 if coupon doubles
1 lb Apples $1.00 -$1.00 Target IP = $0
1 Apple and Eve Juice Box $1.39 – $.50 Q from Publix Greenwise = $0.39 if doubles
1 small pkg Pecans (not sure but guessing) $2.25