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Tilapia, Asparagus, and Slow Cooker Pork. Just Because

One of the worst parts about following a recipe is having to buy ingredients that come in industrial size portions. Like yesterday when I bought a Pork Butt to make Mu Shu Pork Wraps. The recipe called for 12 ounces of meat but the smallest Pork Butt they sold was 3 pounds. Dude, I’m not trying to feed a small nation. Can’t I just rip open the package, slice off 12 ounces and hand the rest back to the butcher? Nope. I mean I could but I would be judged…and probably arrested.

Anyway, I had more uncooked Pork Butt in my fridge than I knew what to do with. I needed to cook it, but didn’t want to spend time cooking it. So, bam, I whipped out my crock pot. This baby is a lifesaver. I googled a “Slow Cooker Pork Butt” recipe and found this: All-Purpose Pork Shoulder. I got this recipe off of the Food Network site. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/all-purpose-pork-shoulder-recipe.html.

Slow Cooker Pork Butt

I flung all the ingredients into the Crock Pot in less than 5 minutes and turned it on high for 5 hours. We are getting ready to go out of town, so I’ll just put this delicious, shredded Pork in the freezer and pull it out when I decide to go on a cooking strike.

For dinner I made Tilapia and Asparagus. Mark’s favorite veggie is asparagus so I try to cook it as much as possible. I’m not complaining.

Balsamic Garlic Asparagus

I got both recipes (Tilapia and Asparagus) from the Cooking Light April 2016 edition. Here is the Tilapia link http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pan-seared-tilapia-sweet-pea-puree and here is the Asparagus link http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/asparagus-garlic-balsamic-reduction.

I seared the Tilapia in a skillet, and then heated a sauce of shallots, white wine, chicken stock, lemon juice and butter. Actually I just realized I forgot the butter as I am writing this. Poop.

To accompany the Tilapia I made a Sweet Pea Puree which was just frozen peas, ricotta, chicken stock, mint, salt and garlic blended in the food processor. Mixing the Sweet Pea Puree with the fish was delightful.

Tilapia with Sweet Pea Puree

 

 

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