Slow Cooker Kalua Pork… Yummy!

When we were first married we lived in West Jordan, Utah. My husband was a football coach and teacher at a local high school. I loved living in West Jordan because it is heavily populated with Polynesians and that means two things: Family and Great Food!

Before every home game the parents would make this huge ridiculous meal for the boys and coaches and I was luckily enough to eat some of the food. Delicious. One of my favorite things was the kalua pork. Simple but so flavorful. I had all but forgotten about it until I came a crossed it on NomNom Paleo’s website and now it is a staple. I like to make a 5-7# because we can have it so easily for leftovers. It is good on it’s own. I’ve had it with scrambled eggs. Nachos (for the kids). In soup. Breakfast burritos. It’s very versatile. Very delicious. Very easy.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

5-7# boneless pork butt (I get mine at Costco)

Himalayan Pink Salt (NomNom uses Red Salt but I haven’t ordered it yet so… pink it is)

3-5 strips of bacon

3-5 cloves garlic (optional)

Lay the bacon on the bottom of your slow cooker. For every 1# use 3/4 tsp of salt.Sprinkle and rub salt all over your pork butt. Place cloves of garlic in the butt too. I took my knife and made holes and shoved some in. Place it your pork in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Take it out of the liquid. Shred it. Drain most of the liquid it’s very salty so you don’t need a ton. Then I throw my pork back in the crock pot and serve it out of there.

 

Sides: I love this with cauliflower faux-tatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. Yum!!

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Sweet Potato Fries

 

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I have found love and it comes in the form of this.

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I’ve been eating them mashed, diced, fried, and noodled (is that a word?). They are amazing. Every Monday I julienne two and par cook them in the microwave and stick them in the fridge to use whenever I want.

Lately I’ve been melting some coconut oil and adding some spices and frying them up. So good. Try it.

Sweet Potato Fries

1/2 cup julienne sweet potatoes, par-cooked

1-2 tbs coconut oil

cinnamon

cumin

salt

Heat up the coconut oil in skillet over med-high heat. Take sweet potatoes and toss them in a bowl with the spices til well coated. Dump in skillet and let cook. This is the hardest part just let it cook. Don’t meed with it for a few minutes. then rotate. Do it til all sides are cooked. Throw on to a plate and dig in!

Day 15-17

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Day 15

Workout: Cleans, Hand Release Push Ups, MB Sit Ups

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge and eggs

Lunch: Roast beef and veggies

Dinner: Chicken and green salad

Day 16

Workout: Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Burpees

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge

Lunch: Chicken and green salad, cauliflower rice

Dinner: Kalua Pork, applesauce, and roasted vegetables

Workout: Cleans, Thruster, Push Press, Back Squats,  Pull Ups, Ball Slams, Push Ups, Air Squats, Sit Ups= Death!

Snack: Beef Jerky, 1/2 banana with almond butter, a little sweet potato

I’ve decided that I am only going to have nuts once a day. I think I’ve been eating them a lot and they are starting to replace mindless snacking (which is a no-no).

Day 17

Rest Day

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (My only nuts for the day)

Lunch: Kalua Pork, Roasted Veggies

Snack: Beef Jerky, Dried apples and bananas

Dinner: Bean-Less Chili (Everyday Paleo)

Oh man was I excited this was a rest day. After my surprise two a day workout yesterday (Thanks to my coach) I was exhausted and so sore. All I wanted to do today was lay on my couch. I did get some cleaning done but it was definitely a lower energy day.

Homemade Jerky

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Jerky can be expensive and full of not great things. Because of that I have been wanting to make my own for about a year but I was crazy intimidated. That was until I got the book Eat Like a Dinosaur for Christmas (Thanks to my amazing hubby)  Guess what!! It had a jerky recipe in there. I read through it and it sounded pretty basic but I was still skeptical. Probably the whole dehydrating meat thing freaks me out a bit but I persevered. I am so glad I did. It was good. My kids loved it. I loved it. My hubby loved it but I like mine a little smokier so I set out to create a recipe all on my own.

I started with the basics and picked what spices I knew would go together. This was the best part and also kind of spendy. I did really small batches but it still adds up. Finally my daughter said that it tasted like the jerky I bought last year for our trip to my parents and I knew I had got it right.

Now I have read about doing flank steak but it scares me. I have only used a london broil. I went to my butchers and found the leanest cut there and then bought another because we stinkin’ love jerky at this house.

 

Smokey Homemade Jerky

This recipe makes a decent amount of jerky. You can half or even quarter it to suit your needs. Also you can dehydrate in an oven but I haven’t tried it.

4# london broil

1 c coconut aminos

1 T. liquid smoke

1 T. chili powder

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

dash of cayenne

Take your meat and cut it in to 2″x3″ chunks and stick in the freezer for a couple hours. When ready slice with the grain 1/4″ thick. I used my meat slicer and it was super easy.

Take a big bowl that has a lid or a ziploc bag or a tupperware container. What ever you have on hand that also seals well and mix the rest of the ingredients in it. Toss in the meat and then I get my hands in there and make sure it is well coated and combined. Stick it in the fridge to marinate for 8-24 hrs flipping the container every few hours.  Then take it out and you can either pat it down a little with a paper towel or stick it right on the dehydrator trays. Run your dehydrator overnight and check them. I pull them when there is not moistness on the outside. Let cool and then throw them in a ziploc bag and store in the fridge or in the pantry but there are no preservatives so they will spoil if left too long in the pantry. Enjoy and tell me how you  like it or give me ideas to change it a bit.

Smokey Jerky

Day 14

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Day 14

Workout: “Fight Gone Bad”

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (Against All Grain) Delicious!

Lunch: Eggs, sausage, and cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), berries with coconut cream, nuts, and coconut chips.

Dinner: Roast beef with roasted brussel sprouts and carrots.

I was talking to a friend today about how I felt my Whole30 was going and it was a great talk because I had a chance to reflect on changes at the half way mark so I figured I would share them with you too.

I am overall a fairly happy person. I don’t stress very much. Just kind of go with the flow. It’s nice.

In talking with my friend I realized that I am even more happy… maybe not that. More… patient which in turns makes me happier. As my Dad would say I have changed my tone of voice with my family. There is less yelling and fighting between us which is very nice. There is more together time because they help me out in the kitchen sometimes and also since I’m not snacking as much I try to stay out of the kitchen which leaves more time for them.

I have more energy. This is huge.I never really felt like I lacked energy. I am still tired by the end of the day which is ending a bit earlier than it used to but I get a lot more accomplished  in the awake hours. Mondays used to just be laundry day but I got most of the house cleaned plus I organized my spices.

I enjoy my food more and appreciate it which sounds really weird but I was habitually on the internet or on the phone or watching tv while eating. Since ending that I feel like I take more time to savor and enjoy my food. Even if it is just ham and a banana with almond butter.

All of these things led to a happier Me which is great and an added benefit that I didn’t know would happen. Another added bonus was my “mean” time I was so nice that even my hubby noticed which is awesome!!

 

I highly suggest you try the Whole30. It’s benefits are limitless and honestly… it’s only 30 days. 🙂

Days 10-13! Hallelujah.

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Day 10:

Today is my rest day. It’ll be nice to rest today but I am sad because that means no sweet potatoes.

Breakfast: Eggs, sausage, and broccoli

Lunch: Chocolate Chili with avocado and onions.

Dinner: Eggs, broccoli, onion, mushrooms, and red pepper.

My energy was great today. My appetite has definitely changed. I don’t know if I’m eating more at my meals but I haven’t been as hungry lately which is awesome. Also I feel like I’ve been more patient with my family. Bonus!

Day 11:

Workout: Cleans, Wall Balls, Dips,and Jump Rope

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, and Sweet Potatoes (I was glad to have them back.)

Lunch: Ham, Apples, and broccoli

Dinner: Whole Foods salad bar with Tessemae’s Dressing

Today was great because I went out with my hubby to do some grocery shopping and I was nervous because it’s my first meal out. Granted we were at Whole Foods but it was nice to have the guidelines and follow them!

Day 12:

Workout: Broomstick Mile

Breakfast: Cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), fried eggs and bacon.

Lunch: Cauliflower rice pilaf, ham, and a hard-boiled egg

Dinner: Ham, Apple with almond butter, and broccoli.

I had to work tonight So dinner was more on the go kind of food but still yummy.

 

Day 13:

Rest day but I still had to work.

Breakfast: Sweet Potato pancake with almond butter and bananas.

Lunch: Ham and broccoli

Dinner: (At my in-laws) Eggs and sausage.

Kind of a boring few days when I type it out but I loved every day of it so that is great!

Day 8 and 9…

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Day 8

Workout: Fran (I took 7 seconds off my time since November. Which doesn’t seem like a lot but I am stoked! Also I am not sore next day either.)

Breakfast: Leftover Kalua Pork, eggs, onion, sweet potatoes, and green onion scramble.

Lunch: Kalua Pork, carrots, apples, banana, almond butter, and kombucha

Dinner: Meat Lovers “Cream” of Mushroom soup (Urban Poser)

Snack: Apple and almond butter

Today I was so exhausted but it was probably more because I went to bed at 10:15 rather than 9:30. I really need to hold my self to my goals even though all my shows are coming on. So sad sounding!

Day 9:

Breakfast: Kalua Pork, eggs, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, and green onions.

Workout: DU, Burpees, Hand Stand Push Up attempt, Kettlebell, and a few other Miscellaneous things.

PWO: Banana and Almond butter, sweet potato fries

Lunch: Left over Cream of Mushroom soup, Kombucha

Dinner: Chocolate Chili, Avocado, Onions

Today was definitely a better day. I had more energy and have really been enjoying my food.