There’s a reason I didn’t post last night. It was leftover day!!! So you had already seen all that deliciousness once; no need to make you jealous… er, bother you again with it. So because I subjected Chad to leftovers (which, frankly, saved my sanity because for the first time in 10 days I didn’t have to start prepping dinner the minute I got home from work), I decided that today I would make a favorite: Pulled Pork Carnitas!
This morning post-breakfast, I started by grabbing the dutch oven and heating up some coconut oil. The pork butt was close to 4 pounds, so I cut it into large cubes (trying my best to get all the meat off the bone) and browned all sides for about 4 minutes & then removed it from the dutch oven. In went the onion & garlic for a few, then the water, chili powder, & cinnamon, and then the meat went back in until it boiled. Then the whole package was dumped into the Crock Pot for 8 hours — out of sight, out of mind!
I decided to surprise Chad with some Bear Claw meat shredders tonight, in order to make his Wolverine dreams come true. It was awesome. Because of the simplicity of tonight’s meal, all he was in charge of was shredding, and he did it with gusto! In his Batman apron. It was awesome. Did I mention it was awesome?
I just had to cut up a bunch of veggies and wash the romaine lettuce & then it was make-your-own-sorta-taco-salad night!
Also, I need to mention that I was THRILLED to find a compliant salsa: Archer Farms Roasted Tomato & Chipotle Salsa. And I found it at Target, of all places. NO SUGAR HERE!!!! I had already checked Kroger, Publix, and Walmart — on the shelves & in the deli section — so I didn’t hold out a lot of hope for Target, but I was pleasantly surprised! One less thing I have to prep. Whew. And we also realized that the Wholly Guacamole Spicy Minis are Whole 30-compliant, so we didn’t need to make the homemade guac. Woo hoo!!!
So we ended up starting with giant bowls of chopped romaine, topped with the pulled pork, and then created our own concoctions.
I actually thought I took a photo of my final creation (lettuce, topped with pork, chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, a generous helping of salsa, fresh cilantro, spicy guacamole, and a lime), but apparently my phone didn’t save it. I’ll go ahead and assure you that it was DELICIOUS. I’ll let you picture it in your head. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.