Coffee, Dijon + Maple Slow Cooker Pork (gf, df)

This is the holy trinity right here - coffee, maple syrup and dijon mustard.  It's everything you need to make a delicious multi purpose pork in your beloved slow cooker.  It's perfect for filling tacos, sautéing with zoodles, making a eggs and kale skillet, adding protein to salads, using in a bbq type of sandwich... so many options.  We served this to friends at a taco night dinner get together and it was a big hit.  Perfect for fall and so easy.  

We keep the leftovers in the fridge and heat up in a little skillet, as needed. 

Coffee  Maple + Mustard Pork in a Slow Cooker

4 lb boneless pork butt

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon finely ground coffee

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon black pepper

Cut the pork into 2 inch chunks.  Place in slow cooker with all remaining ingredients.  Toss until pork is well coated. Cover and cook on high until pork is easily shredded with a fork, about 4 hours.  Shred with fork and serve as desired. 

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

I can't just plain roast something - I always want to smother, marinate or add something to spice it up a bit.  This pork tenderloin is salted, peppered, seared, brushed with dijon and sprinkled with  a little brown sugar which goes so well with the pork.  I really like pork tenderloin.  It's lean and easy to cook.  

Serves 4. 

Brown Sugar + Dijon Pork Tenderloin

splash grape seed oil

1 pork tenderloin, trimmed (its about 1 1/4 pound)

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1 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.  Season pork with salt and pepper.  Sear on all sides until nicely browned, about 2 minutes each side.  Brush all sides of pork with dijon mustard and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Transfer to oven proof dish (line it with foil for easy clean up.) Roast until pork reaches 140 degrees, about 35 minutes.  Remove from oven, rest 5 minutes and slice. 

 

Vegan Bowl + Dill Mustard Sauce

Vegan bowls!  I love these.  Perfect for lunch because it has a little bit of everything.  This one has flavors of dill, mustard and caraway seed.  This recipe came about after visiting the Ithaca Farmer's Market and tasting several sauerkrauts by Crooked Carrot.  They make raw, live culture products using local produce.  I picked up their Original Kraut and immediately began working on a 'bowl' recipe suitable for this pristine, classic sauerkraut.  And here you have it.  

Also, if you haven't had tempeh - try it!  It has a firm chewy texture and an earthy taste.  It's made of fermented soy beans and has more protein and fiber than tofu.  

Serves 4.

Tempeh Vegan Bowl + Dill Mustard Sauce

for the bowl

1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce

8oz tempeh

4 large handfuls of chopped kale

small splash olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch red chile flakes

lemon juice, to taste

1 cup quinoa

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

3 carrots, peeled into ribbons

1 cup sauerkraut

for the sauce

2 teaspoon olive oil

1 shallot, minced

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

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fresh dill, finely chopped

Cook the tempeh: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice tempeh into 1/4 inch slices and drizzle with tamari.  Arrange on tray and bake 8 minutes or until golden brown.  

Cook kale:  Add about 1/4 cup water to a large saute pan.  Bring to a boil.  Add kale.  Cover and cook until kale wilts, about 1 minute.  Drain.  Return to medium high heat.  Push kale to one side of pan.  On the bare side, heat splash olive oil with minced garlic and chile flakes.  Cook until garlic softens and toss with kale.  Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.  

Cook quinoa:  Combine quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small sauce pan.  Cover, bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is soft.  Stir in poppy seeds.  

Cook mustard dill sauce:  In a saute pan, over medium heat, warm olive oil.  Add shallots and caraway seeds.  Saute until shallots are soft and mixture is fragrant.  Turn up heat to high and add stock.  Boil until liquid is reduced by half.  Remove from heat and stir in mustard.  Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.  Liberally, toss with quinoa and stir in as much dill as you like.  Save extra sauce of drizzling over finished bowls.  

Assemble the bowls:  Spoon dressed quinoa into bowl. Top with sautéed kale, tempeh, raw carrot ribbons and sauerkraut.  Drizzle with extra mustard sauce if you like.