I can’t believe that Christmas is only one week away! Does anyone else feel like it just snuck up on us? This year seems to have flown by in high speed. It has been a great year, but I’m already excited thinking about the new year and all that’s ahead.
If you’re like me, you love fresh starts & new beginnings. There’s something so exciting about a new, clean slate to dream up the possibilities of what’s ahead! One of the blogs I follow is Michael Hyatt’s, where the focus is leadership and influence. He’s starting a new video course called Five Days to Your Best Year Ever, and it focuses on how to set goals for the new year and actually do them. I watched the first video yesterday, and it already got me so pumped up! If you want help in setting goals for the new year, check out some of his tips here.
Today I’m posting a recipe review! Periodically on Kitchenspired, I will feature a recipe that I find, tell you about the preparation, what I changed, and review it. I love finding new recipes from other fantastic bloggers and sharing them with you all!
This week’s recipe is Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin. The recipe can be found here.
Pretty please excuse my low-quality Instagram pic!
Preparation: This recipe is so easy to make. It took about 5 minutes in the morning to prep. Then I came home 7 hours later to nicely cooked meat. I also didn’t have to use a lot of dishes or utensils (always a plus!).
Adjustments I made:
- Didn’t use any honey
- Added about ½ cup of pure orange juice to the bottom of the crock pot
- Rubbed the pork with sage before adding the apples on top.
- Used Pink Lady apples instead of Red Delicious
I would highly recommend the adjustments I made above, and here’s why:
- The sweetness of the apples, cinnamon, and orange juice was enough that I felt adding honey would be too much.
- I chose to add the orange juice because I was concerned about the pork coming out too dry…and I’m glad I made that call! In fact, I had originally only added about ¼ cup of orange juice, but we think there could have been more.
- The sage was a fantastic addition to the sweet flavors…but I love everything sage, so you can make that call!
- I used Pink Ladies just because those are the kind of apples I buy, but I don’t think it really matters what kind of apple you use.
Review: This is a GREAT recipe—healthy, easy, and flavorful! The flavor combinations are so interesting, and delicious! It is great for the fall/winter season, and it would be great to feed a crowd. Owen (my husband) and I both loved it. It will definitely be made again!
Your turn! Try this recipe out sometime and see for yourself. Comment on this post when you do- I would LOVE to hear how you like it & any changes you made as well.