Crock pot trumps baking and grilling. For a lot of reasons.
- I made dinner with the switch of a button.
- I was home for work, done with my run, showered, and eating BY 7:30 pm. This is unheard of.
- Crock pot = tender, moist, flavorful meat.
- Dishes? What dishes? Thank you, crock pot liners. 😀
Unfortunately for me and my desired culinary compliments, Mr. Prevention decided day-old Dominos trumps Pork Carnitas. *eye roll* Fortunately for me, leftovers! Lots of leftovers! 😉
[Sorry it’s another pork recipe all my non-pork eaters! I already had the menu planned for the week!]
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) adapted from Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
2.5 lb pork shoulder blade roast, lean, all fat removed
6 cloves garlic, cut into slivers
3/4 cup 99% fat free chicken broth
2-3 6-7 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
2 bay leaves
16 corn tortillas
2 avocados, to garnish
cilantro, to garnish
Season pork with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan on medium-high heat, brown pork on all sides for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork, cutting small holes and insert garlic slivers. Season pork generously with cumin, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth in the crockpot, add bay leaves and chipotle peppers. Place pork in crock pot and cover. Cook low for 8 hours (mine was in there 11 hours and it was just fine!). After cooking, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumulated at the bottom. Remove bay leaves and adjust salt and cumin (you will probably need to add more). Let it cook another 15-30 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving – 2 pork carnitas tacos with 2.5 ounces of meat each + avocado and tortillas): 441 calories; 23.5 g. fat; 91 mg. cholesterol; 575 mg. sodium; 30 g. carbohydrate; 5.5 g. fiber; 30 g.protein
Result: If you eat meat and you love savory, moist meat and Mexican food — this is a must-make! I think I’m going to make this next week for my bi-weekly taste test at work!
And yesterday I felt like I finally had my grooooove back! Work was AWESOME! I not only filled up EVERY available slot in my cooking classes coming up Monday evening (effortlessly!), but I also had one of those “moments” with a patient who is knocking on the door of insulin therapy to treat her diabetes. She lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks and gave me a huge hug after our 90-minute session and simply said….
“I’m so glad I met you.”
It is times like those I know that what I do is so important to others and changes LIVES. And THAT means so, so much to me. 🙂
…And Miss Lily had a BUSY day at Camp with the big dogs! Mr. Prevention picked her up and when I hopped off the treadmill I found her in this position:
…and such a productive evening for me catching up with everyone’s blogs and watching basketball 😀 I can only get on .com blogs from work (none of the .blogspots and .wordpress) — sucks!! 😦
Question: I learned this week that a lot of love Middle Eastern and Indian food…but if you could only eat one ethnic food variety for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Mexican for me, please! I never, ever, ever get sick of Mexican food!
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