Tag: vegetable broth

Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast

I love making pork in the slow cooker, it’s so easy and literally falls apart once cooked. Here it’s cooked with balsamic and honey which gives it a slight tang that I thought was lovely.

Whenever I happen to see a small pork roast in the supermarket, I always pick one up because I know it’s an easy dinner. I usually find myself gravitating to the Slow Cooker Kalua Pork[1] each and every time because it’s so good and easy to make, but I wanted to switch things up and came across a slow cooker recipe for this balsamic pork recipe on Add A Pinch[2].

I met Robin just a few months ago while I was in Oregon so I was happy to try one of her recipes. This was so easy to make, and although my husband generally isn’t much of a balsamic fan, my toddler and I thought it was great! This recipe is slightly modified from her original but for the most part I followed it pretty close.

I served this with Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes[3] but this would also be great with Roasted Parmesan Green Beans[4].

Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 3 oz pork • Old Points: 5 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 214 • Fat: 12 g • Carb: 4 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 21 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 196 mg  • Cholest: 72 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (sirloin roast)
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Season the pork with salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and place it into the slow
cooker. Mix together the broth and vinegar and pour it over the pork,
then pour the honey over and set the timer for 4 hours on High or 6-8
hours on Low.

Once the pork is cooked and tender (it should shred easily with a fork),
remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart
lightly with two forks and put back into the slow cooker and ladle 1/2
cup sauce over the pork and keep warm until ready to eat.

Adapted from Add A Pinch[5].

References

  1. ^ Slow Cooker Kalua Pork (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Add A Pinch (addapinch.com)
  3. ^ Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Roasted Parmesan Green Beans (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Add A Pinch (addapinch.com)

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Spring Asparagus Risotto

Creamy risotto, cooked with Spring asparagus, fresh herbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano and a touch of lemon. Perfect as a meatless main dish if you use vegetable broth, or wonderful as a side with grilled shrimp.

This Italian rice dish is a labor of love, not the kind of dish you turn on and walk away from, but instead slowly cooked with ladlefuls of broth, adding more each time it’s absorbed. Just before the last ladle, I added fresh asparagus to the last five minutes of cooking time and finished it with a touch of lemon juice and lemon zest.

Because risotto is so simple, I like to use the freshest ingredients when I make it such as seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and good cheese.

Asparagus is perfect addition to risotto, and now in season. This spear-shaped veggie is an awesome weapon for your health. It’s packed with disease-fighting nutrients including fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K and glutathione, a detoxifying compound that may protect against certain types of cancer. And it’s loaded with age-defying antioxidants that work to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in your body. Look for spears with tight buds and firm stalks without wrinkles.

Spring Asparagus Risotto
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 generous cup as a main • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 255 • Fat: 4 g • Protein: 9 g • Carb: 43 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 630 mg

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 oz dry white wine
  • 3/4 lb thin asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed, cut 2-inches long
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest for garnish

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat broth over medium-high heat. When it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and maintain over low heat, taste for salt and adjust as needed.

In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil and add the shallots; sauté 3-4 minute. Add the rice; mix well so the rice is coated throughout and saute until the rice is slightly translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and stir until it is absorbed. 

Add a ladleful of the simmering stock; stir and wait until it is absorbed before adding another ladleful stirring gently and almost constantly. 

Continue this process until the rice is creamy, tender to the bite, but slightly firm in the center. Add the asparagus along with the last ladle of broth and continue cooking 5 minutes, total time should be about 25-30 minutes from the time you started. When all the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, parsley and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Serve immediately and top with fresh cracked pepper, lemon zest, and extra grated cheese if desired.

Makes over 4 cups.

Nutritional information for asparagus provided by Heather K Jones[1], RD.

References

  1. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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Butternut Squash Risotto

A rich and creamy Italian rice dish made with butternut squash puree, white wine, Parmigiano-Reggiano and topped with a little fresh arugula.

Happy Monday! Today I’m in chilly Minneapolis attending an
event for Target. They put together a fun agenda for members of the
Target Inner Circle which I’ll be sharing this week, you can follow my Instagram[1] to see what I’m up to today.

This weekend I remade one of my older recipes with meatless Monday in mind, and updated the photos because this is such a great dish, but the photos didn’t do it justice.

Making risotto is a labor of love, because you have to be patient, stirring the rice and adding more broth a little at a time, but in the end you get a delicious restaurant quality dish that you can proudly say you made yourself, without all the added butter you would get if you ate this dish out. It’s also really filling, one serving will fill you up. If you wish serve it with a salad on the side and call it a meal.

This also makes a great side dish to fish or chicken, I would make the serving size 1/2 cup as a side dish.

I started with some homemade squash puree which I simply made by boiling the butternut squash in broth or water, then pureeing in the blender. You can use the rest for some Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Pasta[2] later in the week.

I like to keep a good cheese such as Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano on hand and grate it myself when I need it. A good cheese has an intense flavor you just can’t get from the grated parmesan cheese sold on the shelves of the supermarket. 

Butternut Squash Risotto
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings:• Size: just under 1 cup • Old Pts: 5 pts • Weight Watchers Pts+: 7 pts
Calories: 249 • Fat: 3 g • Protein: 7.5 g • Carb: 45 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 461 mg


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fat free low-sodium chicken broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1 tsp butter or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 oz dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh baby arugula, for garnish

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat broth and butternut squash puree over medium-high heat. When it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and maintain over low heat, taste for salt and adjust as needed.

In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat oil or butter until melted. Add shallots, garlic and rice; saute until the rice is well coated with oil or butter, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and sage and stir until it is absorbed. 

Add a ladleful of the simmering stock; wait until it is absorbed before adding another ladleful stirring gently and almost constantly. Stirring loosens the starch molecules from the outside of the rice grains into the surrounding liquid, creating a smooth creamy-textured liquid. 

Continue this process until the rice is creamy, tender to the bite, but slightly firm in the center and all the stock is used, about 25-30 minutes from the time you started. When all the liquid is absorbed, stir in the grated cheese and remove from heat.

Serve immediately and top with baby arugula and extra grated cheese if desired. Makes 3 2/3 cups. 

References

  1. ^ Instagram (instagram.com)
  2. ^ Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Pasta (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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