CROCKPOT PORK GOODNESS!
Written by Coach Janelle Conners
Make multiple meals in minutes! With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to pick a versatile recipe that you could mix-n-match to make a variety of easy, healthy, and delicious meals. I am my crockpot’s biggest fan, especially when it’s cold outside, so I landed on a quick-to-get-in-the-pot pork roast. I like to experiment with different spice blends and I just happened to have some Lebanese spice blend in the cupboard already, so this is what you get! The recipe is from one of my favorite paleo cookbooks, Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan. It’s my go-to cookbook! This is my condensed version of the recipe from Well Fed 2.
- 5-7 lbs pork roast *I use bone-in, but you can use boneless as well.
- 4 cloves garlic, minced.
- 1 T salt.
- 1 T Lebanese Seven-Spice blend. (Mix together 1 T of the following ground spices: allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, nutmeg.) *Chinese Five-Spice works great too.
- 2 tsp ground black pepper (or just a shit load of grinds).
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or not).
- Mix the dry herbs together, mince the garlic and then get down and dirty and rub that goodness all over the pork.
- Place in crockpot, set it to low, and wait 14-16 hours (!)
- Take pork out of the cooking liquid and shred with forks, or you can leave it in big chunks if you would prefer.
Okay, great! You now have a butt-load of delicious, melty-tender pork! What next?? Here are a few of my favorites meals! Feel free to get creative:
- Serve with roasted carrots and parsnips, sautéed green beans and garlic.
- Pork tacos with cabbage shells or collard greens, cilantro, salsa, avocado, etc.
- Add to chicken broth or soup with frozen veggies or leftover veggies.
- Pan fry with scrambled eggs, steamed cubed sweet potatoes, and spinach.
- Serve like pulled pork sandos (sans the bun) on top of cole slaw and mashed cauliflower with BBQ sauce.
Bonus treat! Chocolate bark!
Melt 1-2 bags of extra dark chocolate chips in microwave or use a double boiler. Spread a thin layer onto parchment paper and sprinkle with toasted nuts, dried fruit, and sea salt. Place in the fridge for 20 min. and then break into bite size pieces. Yum!
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