This simple Italian-inspired recipe combines pork shoulder with aromatic fennel. As the pork cooks, its juices drip down to flavor the sweet potatoes that are nestled in the bottom of the slow cooker. Serve with steamed green beans for a complete meal.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


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  • Combine fennel seeds, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Trim fat from meat. Sprinkle the fennel seed mixture evenly over the meat; rub in with your fingers. If necessary, cut the meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker (see Tip). Set aside.

  • Place sweet potatoes in the cooker. Add the meat. Pour broth over mixture in the cooker.

  • Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours.

  • Remove the meat from the cooker, reserving cooking juices. Slice the meat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sweet potatoes to a medium bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes, adding enough of the cooking juices, if necessary, to moisten. Serve the meat with the mashed sweet potatoes.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Equipment: 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

340.7 calories; protein 36.3g 73% DV; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.8g 15% DV; sugars 5.1g; fat 10g 15% DV; saturated fat 3.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 110.1mg 37% DV; vitamin a iu 16236.8IU 325% DV; vitamin c 4.3mg 7% DV; folate 19.6mcg 5% DV; calcium 51.6mg 5% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 66.9mg 24% DV; potassium 982.3mg 28% DV; sodium 490.4mg 20% DV.

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Don't have a slow cooker cooked this for 4 hours in a 325 degree oven - worked great! Added the sweet potato with about 2 hours left on the clock. Surprised how much flavor the sweet potatoes absorbed from the braising liquid. Delicious! Read More