This slow-cooker main is family friendly and absolutely no fuss! The perfect 21 Day Fix approved dish to make when you know you’ve got a busy day ahead.
Well, hello “set it and forget it” slow-cooker gem! This is the perfect recipe to have on deck for the fam on one of those millions-of-things-to-do-no-time-to-cook days. I have to confess that I don’t use my slow-cooker as much as I’d like. The truth is, I’ve had more than a few less-than-stellar meals out of one. You let the darn thing cook all day expecting tender, flavorful, meaty goodness… but sometimes, you’re still left with less-than-flavorful shoe leather. And then what? Because by then, it’s dinner time and you need to figure out a back-up plan, stat! Honestly, I don’t have time to figure out a back-up plan. I really just don’t. That’s why this recipe makes me so happy. Because every single time that I’ve made it, the pork has been SO tender, juicy and just plain delicious plus putting it together is a freaking breeze.
After the few minutes that it takes to trim the tenderloin, this main dish takes, oh, about 60 seconds to prepare. 60. Seconds. And that creamy, ranchy gravy that you make afterwards? Maybe another 5 -7 minutes max. And you’ll do that while your meat is resting anyway, so it’s really no extra time at all. You really can’t beat it. It doesn’t get any easier and it’s pretty darn tasty, too! Plus, GRAVY. Can we all just appreciate gravy for a minute? Like how I would be very happy to put it on just about anything. I might draw the line at cake, though. Maybe. Probably.
Aaaanyway… this dish came about because a friend asked me to fixify something that she saw on FB called Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops. The ingredients were pork chops, a packet of ranch dressing mix and a can of cream of chicken soup. So basically the direct opposite of everything we Fixers hold dear (I’m looking at you, fresh ingredients <3 <3). But no worries. My family and I selflessly consumed no less than three, no more than six (because I may have lost count) pork dinners. You know, for you. Altruism at it’s finest, my friends. 😉 They all turned out well, but I was trying to get the gravy to be the ranchiest that I could and I think I finally succeeded (it’s harder than you’d think!), if you try it please let me know! Oh, and let me just tell you how that creamy ranch gravy is ridiculous over some mashed potatoes. I mean dang! Is there anything better than healthy comfort food? Oh right, quick and easy healthy comfort food!
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Completely off-topic, the hubs and I had a date last night! Like an honest-to-goodness, get gussied up, go downtown to wine and dine date. It was amazing. We don’t have a ton of opportunity for date nights, so when one comes around (this time in the form of a sleepover at a friend’s) WE DO NOT MISS THAT OPPORTUNITY. You know what I’m talking about, parents. We went to a restaurant in Louisville called Proof on Main and if you’re ever in the area (and consider yourself a foodie) you MUST go there. Not only did absolutely everything taste divine, but we had really great service and it’s just a really neat place to be. We were also super lucky that it coincided with some perfect weather, so we walked around downtown a bit, too. So basically the perfect night 😉 I’d love to know, what’s your favorite date night restaurant in your city?
Hope you and yours love this one!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂