Lately I’m looking for lean, low sodium, tasty recipes to prepare for my Tall & Handsome since his triple bypass surgery. So, the past few weeks has been an adventure in culinary experimentation.
For starters I made a wonder pumpkin bread in the bread machine and a pasta e fagioli. Recipes will soon come.
But today’s recipe is a main dish entree full of lean protein – and it fulfills that tasty requirement. The bonus? Put in the slow cooker and forget it about it until it’s done!
Lean pork is the other white meat and ounce for ounce it’s more filling than chicken, making it great for dieters because it leaves you feeling full longer.
I adapted this recipe from a Kraft recipe making it a little lighter and lower in fat and sodium.
This recipe would be a great substitute for ham at the Christmas table this year. A lot less sodium!
Cranberry Orange Pork Loin for the Slow Cooker
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 4 pound pork loin roast or 2 – 2 pound pork tenderloins
1 – 14 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup Lite Catalina salad dressing
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from an orange)
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a non-stick pan on medium – high heat. Turn slow cooker on low and allow to preheat do NOT cook pork on high. Brown the pork loin (or tenderloins) until brown. Place pork into slow cooker.
2. Mix together whole cranberry sauce, lite Cataline salad dressing, low sodium soy sauce, and brown sugar. Pour over pork in the slow cooker.
3. Cook on LOW for: 4 – 5 hours for a 4 pound pork loin; 2 – 2 pound pork tenderloins may take less time. You know they will be done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
4. When pork is done. Remove from the cooker and wrap to keep warm.
5. Into the sauce whisk in the fresh orange zest, fresh orange juice and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.
6. Place roast onto a platter. Drizzle some sauce over roast and serve the rest of the sauce on the side.