Teriyaki Pork Dinner is on the menu tonight. It does not often get more frugal than this meal with an easy pork dinner recipe and a slow cooker.
While shopping my neighborhood Safeway© supermarket this week, I came across a super deal in the meat case – the case where they stash their value packs.
It was a rather small sign considering the deal. Smithfield, Natural boneless loin pork chops – buy one get one of equal or lesser value.
I rarely buy value packs unless I know there will be more than 6 or 8 around the table for the meal but who could pass up a BOGO value pack offer for thick boneless chops?
For $16.00, I have 16 portions making this a frugal teriyaki pork dinner! These are nearly perfect portion sized boneless chops between ¾ to over 1 inch thick.
Needless to say, I will check Safeway© more often for similar deals but after dinner, I will be able to prepare a freezer full of ready made meals to share or eat in the next few weeks.
This particular recipe was developed so that Mom could partake without any worries. She is on a gluten free diet and it was quite a surprise to find both reduced sodium and gluten free soy sauce and teriyaki sauce at the supermarket.
Frugal Teriyaki Pork Dinner Recipe:
- 7 lbs. of small boneless loin pork chops
- 4 to 5 oz. gluten free soy sauce
- 4 to 5 oz. gluten free teriyaki sauce
- 16 oz. of chicken broth
- Drizzle of sesame oil
- 1½ tablespoons of freshed grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons of mashed garlic
- 4-6 cloves of fresh garlic, not peeled.
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or xanthan gum
- Weber© Kickn' Chicken seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- Large white onion, thickly sliced
- 4 oz. Miniature corn on the cob
- 4 to 6 oz. of Snow peas
- 1 bunch of Asparagus spears
- 1 cup carrot matchsticks
- 1 [4ozz] container of mixed sliced bell peppers
- 1 [8 oz.] container of sliced mushrooms.
- Pat the boneless pork chops dry with a paper towel.
- Brown in a pan coated with a very thin layer of canola oil. Just enough oil to say the pan is wet. Season with some Weber® Kick'n Chicken Seasoning.
- Transfer chops to bottom of slow cooker in even layers.
- Tuck the whole, unpeeled cloves of garlic in the empty space.
- Combine the chicken broth, soy sauce, teriyaki grated, grated ginger to taste, and chopped garlic. Stir to combine well. Add a the corn starch or xanthan gun to the liquid. Pour carefully over the chops.
- Add a touch of chili sesame oil. and a little cracked pepper. You can always adjust the seasonings later.
- Set the slow cooker to LOW for 8 hours.
- At 4 hours, remove the lid and begin the layering the vegetables in this order:
- *corn on the cob directly on the meat then
- *snow peas
- *sliced bell peppers
- *carrot matchsticks
- *and top off with mushrooms
- Replace the lid and continue cooking until the mushrooms have gone soft.
- Remove about ⅓ of a cup of sauce. Set aside to cool.
- It will take at least another hour and a half to cook through all the vegetables which have been layered so they cook thoroughly.
- In the last half hour of cooking, mix the cornstarch or xanthan gum in the reserved sauce. Stir to mix well and distribute evenly through the slow cooker to thicken the sauce.
- I left the crock pot go the full 8 hours but I know it was ready to serve before then.
- Bon Appétit!
Serve the frugal Teriyaji Pork Dinner on Basmati rice!