I am always in search of a good slow-cooker recipe. Sometimes, I'm in the mood for the "dump it in and walk away" recipes which always seem to include cream of mushroom soup (it is magical, I agree) because you can literally dump everything in a pot and walk away for hours and come home to a comforting bowl of creamy, fatty love. But sadly once the actual eating is over and the digesting begins, I feel........ less than super. So I try to keep an eye (or ear) out for recipes that are generally easy, not quite "dump it" status, but considerably more healthy.
I first heard about this recipe for "Pork and Black Bean Dinner" on an interview between Chef Rick Bayless and Christopher Kimball. I was listening to a podcast while walking Nigel and I was salivating as Rick Bayless was describing a simple throw together slow-cooker dinner of browned pork and black beans topped with a homemade salsa and avocado. It sounded so comforting (without the fat content of the beloved cream soup) and flavorful that I cut Nigel's walk short so I could run to the store and get dinner going!
Serves 4 to 6
One year ago: Almost Instant Chicken & Lemon Rice Soup
Five years ago: Wild Rice and Broccoli Casserole