Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Slow Cooker Pork and Fennel Stew

Life moves fast, but here's one delicious reason to slow down to enjoy a hearty slow cooked Pork and Fennel Stew with healthy black beans and vegetables in a thick tomato-based sauce.
Healthy and Hearty Slow Cooker Pork and Fennel Stew

Fennel seed is often the flavor you taste when you bite into a pork sausage. It is one of my favorite herbs to add to pork dishes!

Not entirely sure if the flavor of fennel is for you? This might help you decide. Would you ever order the "Sausage and Tomato Penne" when dining at an Italian restaurant? If so, this savory homemade stew will suit your taste buds just fine! It has a similar flavor without the fatty pork sausage.

Now if you're thinking fennel isn't for you, but are on the hunt for slow cooker stew recipe, check out the Beef and Vegetable Stew in Roasted Red Pepper and Jalapeno Sauce. An equally delicious homemade stew to slowly enjoy at the end of the day!

Slow Cooker Pork and Fennel Stew

Slow Cooker Pork and Fennel Stew

Makes:  4 Servings
Hands-on Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time:  6 to 7 hours on LOW, 3 to 4 hours on HIGH setting in the slow cooker

  • 12.5 oz / 354 g pork loin chops (4)
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed (or use 1/2 tsp. ground fennel)
  • 1/2 cup sodium-reduced chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups (23 oz / 660 ml) bottled strained tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Trim fat off pork and cut into 1-inch(2.5 cm) cubes. Sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat half the oil over medium heat. Add pork and brown all sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer pork to slow cooker.

In the same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and carrots. Cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and fennel. Cook and stir for 1 minute longer. Stir in chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits from pan. Pour in slow cooker.

Add tomatoes, soy sauce and oregano to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Stir in black beans and parsley.


Hearty and Healthy Slow Cooker Pork and Fennel Stew

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Brent Garell is the author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience and 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he is on the look-out for simple #mealprep solutions to fit healthy and responsible meals into his family's busy schedule. Let's see what works!

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