Slow Cooker Asian Style Pork - First Way: Over Egg Noodles with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions
Okay, so I needed a sort of cost efficient meal that would last at least 3 days. So I decided on a slow cooker pork recipe because I can use the shredded pork over a course of like four days and do something different with it each day. I came across a recipe that I really liked that inspired this idea. My inspiration came from SkinnyTaste once again. Then because I couldn’t find a five spice blend at my normal grocery store (I didn’t want to go to the Asian grocery store), I ventured off onto Google to find a different Asian flavored slow cooker pork recipe hoping to come across something that didn’t include five spice. I wasn’t that successful but this second recipe did wow me and I love these flavors so I decided to use this recipe (minus the five spice blend) and incorporated how SkinnyTaste puts her meal together.
I wasn’t surprised that this dish was going to be pure gold! As soon as I came home from work, I didn’t even need to imagine how delicious this would be, the smell alone was awesome! It was freaking yummy! Try it out!
Recipe for the sauce I ended up using found on the MyRecipes website my changes or adaptations are italicized.
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (I ran out of normal soy sauce so I used what I had which was a Mushroom Flavored Dark Soy Sauce)
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil (allergic to sesames so opted out of this)
- 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder (didn’t have any on hand, opted out of this too)
- 2 pounds boneless Boston butt pork roast, trimmed
- 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- Additional items for this specific meal: whole wheat egg noodles, handfuls of fresh spinach, one red onion, 8oz of mushrooms, and of course Sriracha
- Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turning occasionally. I didn’t have time to marinate, so I just seared the pork on all sides in a skillet (method from SkinnyTaste) and created the sauce mixture and put the pork and the mixture into the crock pot all at once.
- Place pork and marinade in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Again, this was very last minute, so I cooked this on high for 4 hours.
- Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon; place on a cutting board or work surface. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm.
- Add broth to sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Shred pork with 2 forks; serve with sauce.
This next part I used SkinnyTaste’s recipe for inspiration and for what to do with the veggies.
I removed the pork from the slow cooker and let it rest in foil. I put an 8oz container of baby bella mushrooms into the slow cooker along with sliced red onions. I let this cook on high for 20 minutes while I shredded the pork.
I cooked two servings of whole wheat egg noodles and right before draining the egg noodles I put a few handfuls of spinach in and cooked it for a few seconds. I then took some of the egg noodles/spinach and tossed it in with a bit of sauce from the slow cooker to get a good coating.
I topped the egg noodles/spinach with the shredded pork, the mushrooms/onions, and garnished with scallions and sriracha!