Autumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep Bowl

Autumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep Bowl

This autumn slow cooker meal prep bowl is yummy, healthy, easy, and seasonal! Just put a few real food ingredients into your crockpot and let it do all the hard work for you.

Autumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep BowlAutumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep Bowl

So I recently started a new role within my company, and although I ~technically~ have much more free time now without grad school, I feel like I have no ~mental~ headspace while I’m learning the new job. Does that make any sense? By the time I get home I’m mentally tired and the last thing I want to do is think about food.

However, this presents a problem because that usually leads to ordering in food or going out to dinner, (aka queso & margs every night) which does not bode well for this whole wedding diet thing.  In fact, we have our engagement photo session this Sunday so I REALLY need to crack down this week.

Enter: the autumn slow cooker meal prep bowl. Something that only uses a few, simple, seasonal ingredients, and basically cooks itself for you on a Sunday so you can eat healthy meals all week long.  Whole grains, protein, no dairy, and lots of fresh produce? It’s a colorful, nutritious plate just waiting to be devoured by you.

Autumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep BowlAutumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep BowlAutumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep BowlAutumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep BowlAutumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep Bowl

Also- just a quick note regarding re-heating: if you use the optional crunchy toppings like apples, pomegranate seeds,  or walnuts, try to keep those separate and cold. No beuno heated in the microwave.  Learn from my mistakes, people.

Autumn Slow Cooker Meal Prep Bowl
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2-3 lbs. pork shoulder (also called Boston butt)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Pork rub seasoning, (I used Jack Daniels Pork Rub)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch kale, torn
  • Cooked farro or other whole grain, (e.g. brown rice, quinoa, barley etc.)
  • Optional crunchy toppings: sliced apples or walnuts
  1. Season the pork shoulder generously with salt, black pepper, pork rub seasoning, and dried rosemary.
  2. Place pork in the bottom of a slow cooker, and drizzle with apple cider vinegar.
  3. Cover the pork with the chopped onion, garlic, sweet potatoes, apples, and bay leaf.
  4. Secure the slow cooker's lid and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  5. When the time is up, shred the pork using two forks, add the kale the the slow cooker, and stir. Cover and cook 30 more minutes until kale is wilted.
  6. Serve over cooked farro or another whole grain, with a drizzle of the juice at the bottom of the slow cooker as "dressing". Optional crunchy toppings include sliced apples or walnuts.

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