Yesterday was such a great day! The weather in Colorado was perfect. It was so perfect that I put on shorts and my husband and I went for a hike on one of the many open space trails near our house. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but Highlands Ranch is full of trail systems that stretch for miles and miles. It really is a dream for me to be able to go out for a walk in the middle of a city yet thanks to these trail systems feel like I am out in the middle of the country. Yesterday’s hike was amazing. We went up by the original ranch of Highlands Ranch. It’s situated up on one of the many hills in the city which gives amazing views of the mountains . Here is a picture of just one of the many views we had that literally took my breath away and left me staring in awe.
All I wanted to do while we were on this hike was sit down in the middle of the open field, close my eyes and breathe in the fresh mountain air. There is something truly relaxing about being out in an open quiet space without any noise except that of the wind. Our hike was only supposed to be a couple miles, but we took some detours and did some exploring so it ended up being quite a bit longer. Neither of us minded though we just enjoyed the warm weather, exercise, peace and quiet, and the company of one another. When we got home from the hike the house smelled of the delicious green chile pork stew that I had been cooking in the crock pot all afternoon.
The hike had made both of us pretty hungry so this stew would make the perfect dinner!
To make the stew was simple and used minimal ingredients. I simply diced half of an onion and a couple cloves of garlic and put them in the crock pot with the pork tenderloin. I seasoned the pork with chili powder, cumin, and salt. To keep the pork moist I added chicken broth, a can of green chiles, and green enchilada sauce.
I let it cook for 5-6 hours and then shredded the pork. It was so tender and just fell apart. I served the stew in bowls topped with a little cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, olives, and sour cream.
If you want to add carbs to this meal it would be wonderful served over rice, however it isn’t necessary. This meal was the perfect thing to come home to after an afternoon of hiking!