When I started helping out with my Mom after she first was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I was living 300 miles away, working full-time, and coming home to help every other weekend.
I would leave after work on Friday (except on a bad winter travel day) and come back on Sunday night.
While I was at my Mom’s, I would help with cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, and taking my Mom out to the mall to shop, to lunch and sometimes to a movie or a special event.
I tried to cook some easy meals that could be refrigerated or frozen and heated up during the week.
Once I left my job to care for my Mom full-time, I needed to cook more often than I had ever cooked in my whole entire life.
And believe me, I’m not a very good cook.
And I don’t really like to cook. But I did it for my Mom.
There are a few dishes I can do well, like lasagna and chili. And I can cook a few variations of eggs. But for the most part, I need simple, easy to make meals that don’t have too many ingredients and don’t require a lot of preparation or cooking know-how.
So I thought I’d start sharing some of my meal recipes here, and hopefully make your cooking life a bit easier, too!
I like to use a slow cooker for cooking because it’s a lot more forgiving than other types of pots and pans. The recipes I share will be a mix of slow cooker, oven, stove, and even in some cases, microwave meals.
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you are missing out.
My slow cooker has a removable ceramic inside pot, so it can go in the dishwasher. I also like that for some recipes, I can prepare it the night before, refrigerate the removable pot, and then just pop it into the cooker in the morning (or later in the day).
Here’s one of my favorite easy recipes using a pork tenderloin for your slow cooker. This only needs about four hours of cooking time, so this recipe works better on a day when you can start dinner around lunch time.
Yummy Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
1 (approximately 2 pound) pork tenderloin
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup red wine (you can use broth or bouillon broth if you don’t have red wine)
4 tablespoons minced garlic (I use the kind that comes in a small glass jar – because it’s easy)
3 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid amino acids
Ground black pepper to taste (I use black pepper liberally)
Put the pork tenderloin in your slow cooker and sprinkle the contents of the soup packet over the tenderloin.
Pour the water, the wine, and the soy sauce over the top, turning the tenderloin to coat.
Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on the top of the tenderloin as possible.
Sprinkle with pepper.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Pork tenderloin goes great with steamed green beans or cooked peas, and of course, a little applesauce or some apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon on the side.