Crockpot Asian Barbecue Pork & Veggies

Long time no post! Hope you guys haven’t missed me too much?

Shhhh…. I’ve been maybe working on a small project. Maybe. That’s why I haven’t been able to post as much. It’s not anything huge, but just something that is taking up a few of my recipes and spare hours. I’m not neglecting you guys!

Too many things to update on, but here are some pictures to enjoy!

Two weeks ago we went on a little vacation to a lake house far away…

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Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetI got refreshed via time with my husband, no connectivity to the world, and early quiet mornings with lots of coffee.

IMG_3064And things like eating gluten free dairy free sugar free triple berry crisp for breakfast!!

IMG_3065I also had a glazed blueberry cake donut a couple weeks ago for the first time in over 2 years!!! I used to love those things. It was a breakthrough point for me….although to be honest, the donut didn’t taste as good as I remember. Probably won’t have any more for a while.

IMG_3055Valentine’s day came and went!!! I really love Valentine’s day. I don’t know why. I dressed in pink and hearts and made Healthy Banana Berry Breakfast cookies for my 6 AM RPM class! They all loved them and we all had fun working hard together!

IMG_3115-0I also made my husband a sweet potato strawberry granola pancake in the shape of a heart 🙂

IMG_3121-0And our big treat of the day was this delicious strawberry nutella cheesecake I made from scratch!!

IMG_3123-0I also made a lot more for Valentine’s dinner that night, since we had a friend over. I went all out. But it was too delicious to stop and take a picture for. What did you guys make for Valentine’s dinner? Anything fun and exciting or new?

The past few weeks have been hard but good. I am learning a lot about joy and the power of the mind. Caroline Leaf has a great talk about renewing the mind that we listened to on the way up to our marriage retreat. It was fantastic, and she hit on the truth that when we think negatively it actually negatively impacts our health. It also works that way with thinking positively, and that happy, love-centered thoughts can actually improve our physical health.

In a season where I’m believing for some physical healing and restoration, this has been an encouraging word for me! I’ve literally been choosing to think positively instead of negative, and it physically changes the energy I have and the way I feel.

happinesshealthWhile I’ve been trying to choose positive thoughts to improve my health, God highlighted this verse to me this week and it was very encouraging! Proverbs 17:22 says

A joyful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Even in the Bible it acknowledges the truth that when we choose joy, it’s like we are taking medicine for whatever ails our bodies. I was even thinking how crazy it is that this verse specifically address dried up bones. Part of what I’m believing for in my own body is healing from my osteoporosis. What if my “dried bones” are actually from the times I’ve chosen anxiety and anger and frustration over and over the past year instead of operating in the Spirit? I’m not saying that’s the only thing that caused my osteoporosis, but I totally believe the spiritual, mental, and emotional are all tied together. So it brings me hope knowing that when I have happy thoughts, it really makes a difference in all areas of my life.

Happy thoughts I’m choosing these days:

  • I am made in the image of God.
  • I have purpose from God that is glorious and beautiful.
  • I am beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made!
  • The boundary lines God has put in my life have fallen for me in pleasant places.
  • I walk in ever-increasing health
  • I have something to offer those around me.
  • I have the peace of God inside of me, like a well of deep water that is just waiting for me to tap into.
  • My life is blessed, enjoyable, fun, and an adventure with Jesus!

What happy thoughts are you thinking these days? Or, what happy thoughts are you wanting to start believing these days?


This recipe was made on a whim and ended up being so delicious! I love it because you get a tangy flavor with a slight asian kick without the use of soy sauce. The recipe is paleo-friendly if you make your own barbecue sauce, and whole30 friendly if that barbecue sauce doesn’t include any sweetener. It’s loaded with veggies and pretty versatile depending on what you like. Easy to prepare in the morning and have a delicious meal ready for you that night! Try it out!

Also….does anyone know how to make a picture of a messy crockpot recipe look good? If so, please help a sister out.

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Crockpot Asian Barbecue Pork & Veggies
Makes 5-6 servings
Ingredients:

  • About 1.5 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 heaping cup barbecue sauce of choice (your favorite kind, or even make your own)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chinese 5 spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp- 1 tbsp chili pepper flakes (Optional, depending on if you like a kick)
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 small bag of frozen veggies (I used a broccoli, carrot, and water chestnut medley– Could also use fresh veggies but I chose to make it easier by using frozen)

Directions:

  1. Spray a medium pan with some cooking spray and place over high heat. Rub some salt and pepper into the pork tenderloin, then place the meat on the pan. Sear on all sides for about 4 or 5 minutes, until the outside is slightly browned.
  2. In the crockpot, mix together the barbecue sauce, broth, rice vinegar, garlic powder, chinese 5 spice, ginger, and chili pepper flakes, and whisk together at the bottom of the crockpot.
  3. Place pork tenderloin in the crockpot with the sauce. Toss it in the sauce a little bit until it’s covered, then sprinkle crushed garlic on top. Let cook in the crockpot for 8-10 hours on low, or for 5-6 hours on high.
  4. 45 minutes before serving, remove the pork from the crockpot and place on a cutting board. Add the frozen veggies to the crockpot, toss with the sauce, cover, and let cook on low. While the veggies are cooking, shred the pork with two forks and let set.
  5. Right before serving, add the pork back into the crockpot, and mix all together with the sauce and veggies. Serve over rice or a bed of greens. Enjoy!

Be inspired,

Alexa

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2 thoughts on “Crockpot Asian Barbecue Pork & Veggies

  1. Love the point’s on what your trying to set your mind on. Very simple, and very important to remember.

    AAH–Food is so hard to photograph!! I’ve noticed your pictures are always getting better–which is really fun to see! Kitchn.com has great photos–i noticed all their stew-y food fills up the bowl completely, which kind of helps make it more viewable and delicious. http://www.thekitchn.com/categories/slow_cooker?page=3

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  2. You are the cutest!!! I love that you’ve been taking time for yourself and actively working on your marriage. I think that’s something that a lot of people (including yours truly) fail to do. And that verse…so great! Just what I needed right now!

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