Pulled Pork and Simple Slaw Lettuce Cups (Plus Leftovers!)

I was attracted to this particular Crockpot pork recipe from Everyday Paleo by the words “beyond easy” in title. And it was just that: beyond easy. Things that were not “beyond easy” to accomplish: quickly teaching myself food photography (and how to use a camera in general). I literally spent ~3X (but honestly probably even more) the amount of time it took to prep this meal hunched over a plate of food on my living room floor. Glad no one was home to witness…food photography is pretty fawkward, gotta admit. But I had fun and I’m pretty happy with the pics. My mom is a photographer (she’s amazing!) and she let me have one of her fancy cameras she doesn’t use anymore for my blog. I came home to plate the pork and have a feast (party-of-one style) but before I knew it, I had her on the phone and was frantically trying to figure out the dang thing before losing my window period for natural lighting…also getting really quite anxious about the fact that my pulled pork and simple slaw lettuce cups I’d been anticipating all day were getting cold!! Ugh, ended up having to put them in the microwave. Newbie mistake. Live and learn.

Coming home after a grueling day in class felt so comforting (think grandma’s home cooking…ok, cliché) because of the AMAZING scent. At first I was like, OMG, I want to make a Glade plug-in of this scent and have it forever!! But then I realized, oh wait, that would be freaking disgusting…snap out of it, Rachel.

This recipe was super easy and tasted amazing. And no, I’m not just building up this ridiculously simple Crockpot recipe to be impressive and win you over with my first blog post so that you will keep reading…or am I? Hee hee…but seriously, a lot of Crockpot recipes don’t give meats that melt-in-your-mouth, falling-apart- without-a-knife sort of texture. This one did. Another great thing about this recipe: 4 pounds of pork butt only cost about $12!! $3/pound of protein is a pretty dang good deal. Especially considering it was from Whole Foods AKA Whole Paycheck. I don’t usually get to shop at WF but I was like…hey, first blog post=treat. yo’. self. (Parks and Rec, anyone?). So I did. No regretz.

This recipe makes about 7-8 servings (for me at least, and I eat pretty decently sized portions). I went ahead and kept half of the leftovers in the fridge and froze the rest. I put the freezer portions in little quart-sized ziplocs so that I can just whip one serving out at a time to thaw.

I made these pulled pork with simple slaw lettuce cups for dinner. Scroll down to see how I incorporated this little piggy for breakfast and lunch!

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Pulled Pork and Simple Slaw Lettuce Cups
Serve: 7-8, Prep time: 15 mins, Cook time: 9 hours

Crockpot Pulled Pork (inspired by Everyday Paleo)

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 lb pork butt roast
  • 2 sliced yellow onions
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

Mix all of your dry rub ingredients together in a bowl and lather up the roast with the rub (think deep tissue massage…). Place half of the sliced onion at the bottom of the crock pot and place the roast on top. Cover the top of the roast with the rest of the onions and cook on high for 5-6 hours. Switch to low for another 3-4 hours or until roast is literally falling apart and is easy to shred.

Simple Slaw:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package broccoli slaw mix
  • 1/2 red apple, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

Directions:

Toss ingredients together in a bowl. If you prefer things a little sweeter, I would try adding around 1-2 tbsp raw honey.

Lettuce cups:

Ingredients:

  • Pulled pork
  • Simple slaw
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado, sliced

Fairly self explanatory here. Bon appétit!

 

LEFTOVER NOMZ

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Breakfast: Two eggs over easy, sweet potato pulled pork mash,”fried” avocado (just sautéed in some ghee {fat from butter left over when milk proteins are removed, for the paleo newbs}). The avocado chunks weirdly look like brussel sprouts…but I promise they’re not. For the mash, I microwaved a sweet potato, mashed up half of it (packed the other half for lunch) with a little pork, and added a splash or two of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Couldn’t be easier. Sweet potato + eggs for breakfast = happy stomach, happy Rachel.

 

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Lunch: Striking resemblance to my Chipotle order? Yup, plus sweet potato (and I’m not biased or anything, but this pork gives their carnitas a run for its money). Just pork, a random mix of the veggies currently in my fridge (organic greens blend, cherry tomatoes, red onion), sweet potato cubes, and Wholly Guacamole to top it all off (alright fine….Chipotle guac is better).

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