Slow-cooker pork & apple stew

Cheat along the way using frozen, pre-prepared ingredients for this hearty and satisfying comfort food! 

I’ve been embracing all things frozen over the past 12 months, and I love having frozen products stocked up for easy meals! I have to say I’ve always hated chopping onions, and I love the pre-chopped onions that you can buy!

I made this meal on a day where I was incredibly tight for time, but really wanted to still make a nice wholesome dinner for my family- so I took a risk (for me!) and threw a load of stuff into the slow cooker and hoped for the best! I was really pleased with the results and I thought that this meal tasted like a lot more effort had gone into it than actually had!

I bought my frozen garlic, onions and casserole mix from Tesco’s, but I’m sure most supermarkets do similar packs, and of COURSE you could use freshly prepared ingredients if you wanted to, this was just a time-saver for me on this occasion!

Also what makes this a real winner is that there is no waste with this- normally I would probably have used half the swede, some of the celery etc and then ended up wasting the leftovers.

This casserole has a thin sauce, but once everything is cooked some gently mashing of the swede and turnip thickens it up!

Traditionally I would have made this with cider, but on this occasion I used cloudy apple juice to cut the calories and cost and this worked really well.

I used a pork fillet in this- it’s the long thin one! Click here to see a pork fillet!

 

My Recipe

Serves: 6-8
Syns: 1.5 per portion (apple juice) if sharing between 6
Healthy Extra:

Ingredients

  • 1 pork fillet- approx 400-500g (it's the cut that is long & thin- I have posted a picture above!)
  • 500g frozen casserole mix (carrot, celery, turnip, swede- mine was from Tesco)
  • large handful frozen chopped onion
  • 2 tsp frozen chopped garlic
  • 500ml cloudy apple juice
  • 1 chicken stock pot, dissolved in 300ml boiling water
  • 1 herb infusion pot (I used Knorr which is parsley, thyme & bay)
  • 500g new potatoes
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Throw everything into the slow cooker apart from the pork and new potatoes, and stir it all up.
  2. Pop the pork in, press it down so it's mainly covered in liquid, pop the lid on, and cook on high for 6-8 hours, or low for 10-12 hours until the pork is tender and falling apart
  3. When there is an hour of cooking time left, add the new potatoes in

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