We’re total carnivores in this house. I did toy with vegetarianism in my teens, with my poor mum making Beanfeast for Sunday dinner, just for me. I was drawn back into meat eating by an irresistible lasagna she made one day and I’ve never looked back. We do eat quite a bit of red meat, and, I admit, I often wonder if we eat too much.
Red meat often gets a bad press, but, like most foods, eaten in moderation it has health benefits, including being a great source of iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium; these nutrients can be lacking in younger children, so it’s important to try to include them in their diet. Dr. Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist (and a mum!) says, “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.” Phew! Maybe we’re not eating too much after all!
I was invited to take part in the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat challenge, so I decided to create a recipe that is really healthy, as well as containing red meat. Obviously, as I’m ‘food optimising’ with Slimming World, I wanted to make a meal that all the family will eat, but that fits in with the plan. I give you… my Slow Cooker Smoky Pork Casserole!
What could be simpler than bunging it all in the slow cooker and leaving it to do its thing for a few hours while you get on with your day?
So, what was the verdict?
I was hoping to get Small to try it, as she loves meat but
isn’t so keen on veg hates veg, but, typically, she chose the day we had it to decide she wanted eggy bread for her tea as she’d eaten all of her dinner at school instead! So, I only had Big’s opinion to go on and… he liked it! Hurray! We only tend to have pork for Sunday dinner a couple of times a month, so it made a nice change to use pork instead of beef for a casserole. Oh, and The Hubby declared it “bloody delicious”!
It’s British Food Fortnight, so I used all-Brit ingredients in my casserole, other than the butternut squash which sneaked in from Portugal! Why not spend the next couple of weeks exploring all the amazing food and drink that Britain has to offer?
Disclosure: This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat challenge, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. I was given a voucher to buy red meat to use in my recipe.
Kelly is a mother of two – her son H and daughter Tink. H is home educated, Tink is autistic. Kelly is a self-employed Virtual Assistant… Life is busy!