Getting children to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. But Meijer Dietician/Healthy Living Advisor Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD has a one-dish meal that will keep your family happy. She's using a crockpot to make pork loin roast with apples and onions.

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Pork Loin Roast with Apples and Onions

Makes about 10 servings


2 Michigan Apples (semi-tart variety such as Jonagold, Empire, Fuji, Courtland or Paula Red), cored and cut in 1/2" thick slices - Produce for Kids sponsor

1 cup sliced sweet white onion

1/2 cup Meijer apple juice

3 lbs. Pork Loin Roast (Half Boneless Pork Loins are on sale this week - price based on these)

3 garlic cloves, mined

1 tsp. McCormick crushed rosemary

1 tsp. McCormick parsley flakes

1/2 tsp. McCormick dried thyme

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. salt


1. Place half of the sliced apples and onion on bottom of crock pot, place pork loin on top.

2. Pour apple juice over pork loin, spread garlic on pork and sprinkle with rosemary, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper.

3. Top with remaining apple and onion slices.

4. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with:

Dole salad - Produce for Kids sponsor

Red potatoes - Produce for Kids sponsor

Total: $9.70

Pork Caesar Sandwich, Using Leftover Pork Loin

Serves 4


3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1/3 cup light Caesar salad dressing

1/4 cup Meijer shredded Parmesan cheese

1 (8 to 10-inch) round loaf focaccia bread

3/4 lb. leftover cooked pork loin, sliced thin


1. In a medium bowl combine lettuce with dressing and Parmesan cheese; set aside.

2. Slice focaccia horizontally and cut into 4 wedges.

3. Layer pork slices evenly on bottom half of focaccia. Top evenly with lettuce mixture. Place top halves over lettuce to close sandwiches.

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