Sunday, May 8, 2016

Adventures in Lazy Cooking

Here's a post that may feel relevant to many of you: an experimental foray into cooking, inspired by laziness!

So last Sunday, I was feeling particularly not lazy, and cooked up a pot of dried black beans in the slow cooker. My recipe for that is a botched version of this refried beans recipe, from one of my new favorite blogs! It is worth a read if you're looking for inspiration to start cutting out processed food from your diet.

All week long, I ate and ate and ate some more, and even after an infinite amount of black bean tacos, I still had what felt like a full pot left over to deal with!

Flash-forward to today, when I decide I want to make some slow-cooked pork with a real large but questionable discount pork loin purchase I made.  Seriously, I got like 6 of them for only $2.50!

Me on the morning commute tomorrow, probably.

So I'm at the point where I can no longer justify being lazy and avoid transferring the black beans to smaller containers (because yes, I put the whole slow cooker pot in the fridge, don't judge).  What ever is a lazy person to do?

Finally the lightbulb goes off, and I decide, "Hey!  Why don't I just pile the porkies on top of the black beans and make a nice stew!  And that is what I did, and it is awesome.  I added a few extra spices and cooked on high for 6 hours (to cook out the discount parasites, of course).

Here is the finished product:

Not too shabby!

Lazy Chef's Pork & Black Bean Stew:

1-2 pounds of boneless pork loin or chops
2 cans or 1 cup of cooked black beans
1 jalapeno
2 T. minced onion OR 1 chopped onion
2 bay leaves
2 cups of broth (I used 1 tsp. of Better Than Bouillon Chicken & 2 cups water)
A bunch of garlic powder, salt, & pepper
A smattering of rosemary & thyme

Cook on high for six hours!

I decided to get fancy, and garnished with plain yogurt, avocado, & chili powder.

My attempt at presentation.

It is definitely tasty!  Hopefully I can get through this pot within the next week, otherwise we might be seeing a whole new Adventure in Lazy Cooking!