Spilling the beans + {Slow Cooker Pork & Beans}

Well, it's time for me to not only cook the beans, but to spill them too: I've joined the ranks of working moms again...part-time! I started working 3 mornings a week at Babycakes' new Montessori school, while she attends. I really am sooooooo excited for the perfect fit! But not so excited about all the new germs we've been so lovingly introduced to.  We've both been sick for a number of days, and it just makes everything so much more difficult.  I have no energy, and when I should be resting/rejuvinating (ie. sleeping), I've been awakened by Babycakes who is uncomfortable, or has to pee, or who just needs her momma. This morning (early) I let her crawl into bed with me; she hugged me and then sneezed in my face. Lovely. 

BUT, Here's to new friends, new skills, and newfound joy...

for the both of us :)  Between all this sickness, a bajillion house projects, launching my Simple Portion bowls on Kickstarter, trying to explore our new town, and starting a new job (albeit part-time), my blogging has fallen a bit behind. Please forgive me! Here's a couple cute pics from our mini-adventures.

Babycakes is a natural-born trailrunner! She definitely did NOT inherit that from her momma!! She has zero fear, a multitude of energy, and so much determination!  Her 2 speeds are: stopped (to investigate various items along the trail) and go-go-speed-racer.

Babycakes and her daddy played with cattails on our walk/run. I'm 32 and never knew they did that (blew into a million pieces if you hit them on the ground). #childhood #discovery

And now for the recipe...

Introducing {Slow Cooker Pork & Beans}:

This hearty soup is a sophisticated spin on the traditional "pork and beans," using pork tenderloin as the base.

All 3 of us loved it. And no one said a word about the 4 cups of kale hidden inside :)

And last, but not least... the winner of this week's giveaway of a free Guided Reboot is:

Calee! Please email me your info so I can get you the info you need to sign up for your Reboot.


Slow Cooker Pork & Beans

Description

Slow Cooker Pork & Beans // @noshandnourish

Ingredients

1⁄4 cup Barbeque Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1⁄8 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
1⁄8 cup honey
1 pound Pork Tenderloin
3   Pieces of Bacon
4 cups Kale
20 ounces Dry Bean Soup Mix (throw away flavor package)
8 cups Water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix first 5 ingredients (bbq thru honey) and coat the pork tenderloin with it in a glass baking dish.
  3. Bake the pork for 30 minutes.
  4. While the pork is baking, cut the kale into bite size pieces, removing any large stems.
  5. Saute the kale in a skillet, adding the bacon partway through. 
  6. Once the pork has cooked for 30 minutes, take it out of the oven and cut it into 1.5 inch slices.
  7. Combine everything into a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.
  8. Before serving the soup, remove the large pieces of pork and shred it, then add it back into the soup and stir.
  9. Serve with yummy bread (optional).

Yields 8 Servings

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