I found this really cute lunch idea on Pinterest and had to test it out on Jack today:
How awesome is that? A little toddler buffet in an ice cube tray. It’s perfect because he only eats like 2 bites of any one thing anyway, so at least this way he gets a variety. I included: blueberries, grapes, broccoli, carrots, grape tomatoes, ranch dip, pretzels, crackers, shredded cheese, pasta, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, beans, freeze-dried banana slices, quinoa and clementines. He loved it and actually ate way more than I anticipated.
On to dinner. I found a recipe on Allrecipes for slow cooker pork tenderloin and doctored it up a bit. Served it over mashed potatoes- Brian was a HUGE fan. The “gravy” is delicious over potatoes, but I could see this making a great sandwich if served on rolls. Here’s the original recipe, and here’s my version:
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
- 2 lb pork tenderloin
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 1 cup red wine
- 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tbs minced garlic
1. Season tenderloin with seasoned salt. Heat a large skillet over high heat, then sear pork on both sides.
2. In crock pot, place sliced onions, then pork. Top with onion soup mix, wine, broth and soy sauce. Turn pork to coat with liquid.
3. Spoon garlic on top of pork. Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.
4. Remove pork from slow cooker and slice (or shred with 2 forks). Return meat to crock pot so that it can soak up some of the juices. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
Although the meat on the bottom of the tenderloin (the part that was submerged during cooking) was perfect, the top was a little dry. Returning the meat to the “gravy” after slicing helped soften it up. Also, the liquid is pretty salty- which I like but others might not. It tastes a lot like French onion soup.
Finally, on the side we had yet ANOTHER Pinterest recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Apples. I tried to follow the recipe exactly but immediately burned the bacon and had to start over. SO… what I suggest is to heat the oven to 400 (instead of 425) and cook the halved brussels sprouts and sliced bacon together for 15 minutes. Then add the cut-up apples to the baking sheet, stir, and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Yum. Will definitely be adding this to the regular rotation… because what isn’t better cooked with bacon?? Also, I like my sprouts pretty caramelized (the crunchy leaves are SO good), but you don’t have to let yours get this dark.
So, TOMORROW is the big gender sonogram!!!! I don’t even know how I’m going to sleep tonight- already getting crazy butterflies. I really want to be able to tell my family in person, so if we can coordinate a time to meet tomorrow then I plan on posting the results here tomorrow night. If NOT then I guess I’ll wait and post it on Wednesday, though I have no idea how I’ll be able to wait that long. So feel free to place your bets now…