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Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

My daughter has this runny nose. It somehow creates this constant smear of dirt on the side of her cheek. I call it “booger face”. Gross, right? Well, if you have kids you know exactly what I am talking about- you don’t get to them with a tissue every time they need it and so they wipe their runny nose across their cheek with their hand. It ends up collecting dirt as it dries and leaves them looking like they just rolled their face around in the backyard. I’ve spent the last two days wiping her face clean on 30 minute intervals. And now I have a 102+ temperature. GREAT.

I am keeping a good 3 foot distance between me and my 5 month old for the moment. There is nothing worse than a sick baby. But because I know I can’t, all I want to do is pick him up, squeeze him, and plaster him with kisses… I just want to devour that baby! I’ll have to settle with just appreciating his cuteness from afar until I am better though.

On a totally different note- I made this crockpot pork for Dave last week. I am always looking for new things to make for him, to keep things interesting. I don’t know why I bother though. I am sure he wouldn’t feel any different about the meals I made for him if I simply rotated the same 3 meals for the rest of his life. I swear, if food wasn’t necessary for survival he wouldn’t eat. He’s crazy.

So since I don’t eat pork, I didn’t personally try this meal and can’t tell you what I thought of the recipe. I can tell you that my Husband ate it until there were no more leftovers and he was very pleased with it. It is also highly rated at the site where I found the recipe. Not to mention that it was super easy to make as well. It is a crockpot recipe after all!

And even though I don’t really eat meat, I do have a great appreciation for a good caramelized crust. The original recipe has you start to glaze the pork during the last hour of cooking and then serve it as is when it is done in the crockpot. I didn’t both glazing it in the crockpot and instead glazed in on a sheet pan and put it under the broil. I repeated this 3 or 4 times to get a good caramelized crust going. I just think its a better method, even if it is a bit more work. There is no way it will caramelize in the crockpot, will it? I don’t know, I don’t make enough crockpot recipes to have any idea. Anybody out there know whether of not it would?

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 pounds Pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic; crushed
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  1. Mix together the seasonings: sage, salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Rub over tenderloin. Place ½ cup water in slow cooker; place tenderloin in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small sauce pan: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, soy sauce.
  5. Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
  6. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (For a more caramelized crust: remove from crockpot and place on aluminum lined sheet pan, glaze, and set under broiler for 1-2 minutes until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until desired crust is achieved.)
  7. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

adapted from Big Oven

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Balsamic Strawvocado Sandwich

Happy Birthday to me!

Okay, so my birthday isn’t today – it’s tomorrow. But, I won’t be around my computer for a day or two since I’ll be busy bikini-ing it up at Schlitterbahn (the local water park.)

Work hard, play harder. 

This is the perfect sandwich for me. Sweet, tangy, creamy, crunchy bliss.

I’ve been making this sandwich for a few weeks now. It absolutely screams summer… Outside of the fact that you have to get the broiler on your oven going. Eep!

But, it’s totally worth the warm kitchen! 

The only thing that would make this sandwich any better would have been a little dish of balsamic vinegar served on the side for the occasional dip and added tang.

Strawvocado Balsamic Sandwich

The Skinny:
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 Sandwich • Calories: 317 • Fat: 17.3 g • Carb: 30.2 g • Fiber: 8.3 g • Protein: 21.2 g • Sugar: 5.5 g • Sodium: 701.4 mg

2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread, Toasted
1 Wedge Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow Cheese
1/4 Avocado, Mashed
1/4 C. Sliced Strawberries
1 Tbsp. Reduced Fat Feta Crumbles
1 Slice Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese
1/2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Set the oven to broil at 550 degrees F.

Place the toast onto a baking sheet and spread each piece with half of the wedge of Laughing Cow.

Next spread the mashed avocado atop each piece, followed by the sliced strawberries.

Sprinkle with feta and drizzle on that balsamic vinegar. 

top with the swiss cheese and place under the broiler until the cheese is nice and melty.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and place one half of the sandwich on top of the other. 

Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Tarts for #Sundaysupper

This week, #SundaySupper has a breakfast for dinner theme – one of my favorites so far – but since I posted a waffle recipe a few weeks ago, I wanted to make something more on the savory side.   These tarts, with their tangle of roasted red peppers and onions and sunny-looking egg, caught my eye as I was flipping through my copy of Jerusalem: The Cookbook and I knew they’d be perfect!

I cooked my eggs for 13 minutes – a little longer than the original recipe called for – and they came out just how I like them, with thickened jelly-like yolks that aren’t too runny. The tarts were unlike anything I’d ever eaten, yet they still seemed homey and vaguely familiar.

Paired with a simple salad of baby lettuce tossed with olive oil and my favorite blackberry-ginger balsamic vinegar, they made a great light meal that we both really enjoyed.

Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Tart

These simple tarts have a surprisingly bold flavor. Pair them with baby lettuce tossed with oil and balsamic vinegar for a light meal.

Author: Lauren Keating

Serves: 6


  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup loosely packed parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 sheet (1/2 package) puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • 6 eggs
  • sea salt and cracked pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400*F. Pile the peppers and onion on a baking sheet. Pour oil over top and sprinkle with thyme, cumin, and coriander. Use your hands to mix everything together. Spread out into an even layer and roast 30 minutes.
  2. Line a second baking sheet with parchment. Unroll the pastry onto the sheet and cut into six squares. Use a fork to poke indentations all over the pastry, leaving a ¼ inch boarder around the edges. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 425*F. Brush pastry with the beaten egg. Spread the center of each pastry square with 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Mix half of the parsley and cilantro into the roast vegetables then arrange onto the center of each pastry square, leaving a shallow crater in the center. Bake 10 minutes. Crack an egg into a small dish; carefully pour it onto one of the pastries, letting it settle into the crater that you left. Repeat with remaining eggs. Return to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  4. Top with remaining herbs and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 386 Fat: 28.7 Carbohydrates: 22.6 Fiber: 1.9 Protein: 10.4


Don’t miss any of the other great “Breakfast for Dinner” recipes from the Sunday Supper group! 

Tres Leches Pancakes from La Cocina de Leslie

French Toast Casserole with Sautéed Apples from The Foodie Army Wife

Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza from Blueberries And Blessings

Basic Vegan Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc

Kale, Bacon, Brown Rice Crustless Quiche from Shockingly Delicious

Bacon Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos from Cookin’ Mimi

Steak and Egg Tostadas from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Breakfast Bowls from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Bacon and Egg Waffles from The Urban Mrs

Homemade Lox from Growing Up Gabel

Seattle Sandwiches (Lox, Shmear, & A Fried Egg) from Juanita’s Cocina

Bacon & Brie Potato Bread Strata with Roasted Pears from Eat, Move, Shine

Saucy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sliders from Daily Dish Recipes

Greek Frittata from Casa de Crews

Elderberry Flower Pancakes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Rosemary Strata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Italian Turkey Meatballs (With a Secret) from What Smells So Good?

Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Breakfast Pizza from Runner’s Tales

Red Pepper and Egg Galette from Healthy. Delicious.

Waffles – One Plate, Two Ways: Sweet & Savory from Foxes Love Lemons

Steak & Egg Bagel Sandwich from girlichef

Florentine Benedict from Supper for a Steal

Oatmeal Ice Cream from Treats & Trinkets

Banana Waffles with Peanut Butter Syrup from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Baked Berry French Toast from Table For Seven

Open Faced BTC Sandwich from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Crustless Spinach Quiche from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle

Bacon ‘n Eggs Bread Pudding from gotta get baked

Denver Breakfast Ring from Curious Cuisiniere

Copycat Japanese McDonald’s from Ninja Baking

Crumpets with Whipped Honey Orange Butter from Kudos Kitchen By Renee

One Pan Full English Fry-up from Food Lust People Love

Leek, Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche from Hip Foodie Mom

Joe’s Special, the Original San Francisco Treat from Webicurean

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tarts from Vintage Kitchen Notes

Dark Chocolate, Orange & Pistachio Greek Yogurt Cups from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Gluten Free Tomato Basil Crepes form No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

Sour Cherry Crisp from Pies and Plots

Cream Dried Beef and Waffles from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sausage breakfast casserole from My cute bride

Almond Rice Crepes Stuffed With Sweet Potatoes & Peas from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Zucchini Pancakes with Sautéed Tomatoes and Feta from Ruffles & Truffles

Apple, Bacon, and Dubliner Cheese Stuffed French Toast from Neighborfood

Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast from Basic N Delicious

Normally it would be very socially unacceptable to have wine with your breakfast, but seeing as this is closer to sunset than sunrise, we say go for it!!!

Hangtown Fry and Wine Pairings with Breakfast for Dinner from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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