Recipe for Slow Cooker Orange-Cranberry Pork Roast & The Meals I’m Leaving Behind…

So I’m gone almost 6 full days this week. A new record for me!

In an attempt to keep my guys from having to go out to eat every night while I’m gone, I’ve put together some meal options for them.

I’m leaving spaghetti for them to have tonight. And here’s what I’ve left for the rest of the week. (I even organized it neatly into the freezer door to make things even easier for our sitter and for my husband, as he plays Mr. Mom while I’m gone.

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry (in the middle of the freezer door)
  • Beef Stew with Potatoes, Butternut and Carrots (in the “seasoned stew beef” bag, recipe coming next week on One Dish Dinners)
  • Slow Cooker Orange-Cranberry Pork Roast (recipe below) with Steamers Broccoli
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough (at far end of freezer door, after school snack option)
  • Whole Wheat Pancakes (breakfast, lunch or snack)
  • Pizza with dairy free Daiya cheese for the boys with fruit
  • Out to dinner one of the nights

So now my husband’s job as Mr. Mom will hopefully be a little easier while I’m away!


Slow Cooker Orange-Cranberry Pork Roast

Yield – 6-8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker minutes


  • 1.5 – 2 lb. pork roast or tenderloin ($3.49)
  • 1 15 oz. can cranberry sauce (or homemade cranberry sauce) ($.59)
  • Zest and juice from 1 orange ($.33)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ($.05)
  • Dash nutmeg and cloves ($.02)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Steamers broccoli ($1.25)
  • 1 cup brown rice ($.40)


  • Place the pork roast in the base of a slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce, juice and zest from the orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Pour over the roast in the slow cooker.
  • Prepare broccoli or other vegetables.
  • Prepare brown rice as directed.
  • Serve Orange-Cranberry Pork Roast with broccoli and rice.

Cost $6.13 (and serves 6-8!)

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Very nice! SO cool that you do all that preparation!

I just mentioned you in a PORK twitter party! haha

#costcopork 🙂 I opened this email about this post during the party lol

I have some apple-jalapeno jam someone brought as a gift but I have no idea how to use it; do you think I could substitute the cranberry sauce for it? Also, what spices could I add to it? Thanks, you are a great inspiration and help in my household of 7. I appreciate all the effort you take to figure out meals that help me.

I have not tried this recipe yet, but I am going to make it tonight! I cannot believe that it only costs $6.13! I would never know it by looking at it! I need inexpensive great recipes. I will be coming back to look for some more recipes. Possibly, I can save money and have great meals to – is that possible really??