My internship this semester is with a non-profit organization that helps resettle refugees who come into the U.S. It is so amazing to help these people establish their lives here. Life here is not easy for them either, as they may struggle to find employment due to language barriers, housing may be sub-standard, and getting their kids in school is difficult because of foreign education variances, language barriers and a lack of vaccinations. My job is to guide them through these processes, hopefully making it a smoother transition. Although many of these people have experienced horrific things, and then come to the U.S. at the bottom of the society, many of them still rise up and become successful. In fact, random fact – did you know that Albert Einstein was a refugee? We all know the great things he did, despite being a refugee. He also helped found this organization where I am interning. If you are looking for something to be involved with in your community, I suggest you look into organizations that help refugees. You can make a difference for these people, and it may change your life as much as theirs.
Speaking of hard times in life – when I was young my dad was unemployed for a time. My parents always keep a good supply of food storage, which came in handy during that time. We ate a lot of spaghetti and cooked wheat, but my mom also got creative with some of the food storage, and made a few fantastic recipes. Pork and Rice was one of the recipes she made, using canned or freeze-dried pork. My siblings and I absolutely loved it! We begged her to make it, and licked our plates clean. Even now I am so content to sit down and eat this food. I guess it is comfort food. But one of the best parts is the simplicity of the recipe! You probably have all the ingredients, and it takes almost no effort to whip up this meal!
This is a great crock pot recipe, and makes your house smell wonderful. You can come home from church and in only a few minutes sit down to this Sunday Dinner-worthy meal. If you are short on time, though, you can just cook it on the stove with very similar results. For a really quick meal, you can use canned pork, as it is pre-cooked and already tender. Simmer it on the stove with the sauce for about 15 minutes and you’re done! It is seriously delicious. You should probably double the recipe so that you will have left-overs for lunch tomorrow. :)
2 lbs Pork chops (or Pork roast, cubed)
1 (15 oz) can tomato soup
1 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
Combine all the ingredients, except the pork, in a small mixing bowl. Put the meat in a crock pot and cover with the sauce. Cook on high for 2-4 hours, until the meat is tender. Serve over rice.
If you have less time, you can also cook the meat and sauce on the stove. Simmer the pork and sauce in a covered pot over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender. The time may vary depending on the size of your meat, but it may take about 20-30 minutes.