Tonight’s recipe came straight from WW.com, although I made a few minor modifications so that it would be more to my taste. If you want to, you can check out the original recipe . I thought it sounded good because of the unusual (to me) combination of flavors. Plus, the weather is still cold, and I knew a crock pot stew would taste delicious.
Cuban-Style Pork & Sweet Potato Crockpot Stew
(I don’t have the nutritional breakdown of this recipe, but I can tell you it’s 6 Points, which is about 300 calories).
Serving size = 1 1/2 cups
1 lb lean pork loin (I used pork chops)
1 lb sweet potatoes
14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup orange juice (I used Trop50)
1 bunch green onions (I had bought two, which is why they’re both in the photo, but I only used 1 bunch)
juice from 2 limes
Chop the sweet potatoes and pork chops into cubes.
Chop the green onions and garlic.
Now comes the easy part – dumping! Add the sweet potatoes, pork, green onions, garlic, diced tomatoes & chiles, orange juice, cumin, salt, and pepper into the crock pot.
(I love the crock pot liners! Thanks, Scale Warfare for turning me on to them).
Cook on low for 7 hours. This is the best part of cooking in the crock pot – you get your dinner ready and then you have 7 hours to get lots of stuff done! I cleaned the house, worked out, and even got some time to relax and watch t.v. After 7 hours, dinner’s ready:
(5 minutes before you’re ready to eat, you add in the lime juice and stir it all up).
I measured out exactly 1 1/2 cups to get the exact serving size.
The stew is warm, yet tastes fresh because of the lime juice. It’s slightly spicy because of the chiles, and has a great, earthy flavor due to the cumin. I will definitely make this again.
WW recommended pairing this stew with a salad of black beans and corn. So I made my own version. Bella’s Black Bean, Corn, & Grape Tomato Salad
1 cup black beans
1/2 cup fire-roasted corn
1 cup grape tomatoes
2 green onions
2 tsp olive oil (to get those healthy oils in)
a splash of red wine vinegar
salt, pepper, garlic powder Total: 7 points
You could obviously cut down on the amount of corn and black beans to lighten this up, but I had the Points left, so I made a bigger salad. It was delicious! To be honest, I actually enjoyed it even more than the stew.