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On the Menu

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I wanted to start this post off with pictures of Rita’s Burpee Mile, and how it all went, but I sadly left my camera at the gym.  Can you believe it!?!  I’m not happy with myself, because there are some great pictures, and Rita did an amazing job.  I’ll have my camera back and a write-up of the Mile for you on Tuesday!

This morning:  I’m making the World’s Best Blueberry Muffins, and they are the BEST EVER!!  I already have all the ingredients, and the blueberries were on sale, so I figured they would be a nice treat this weekend.

On to this weeks menu.  Sadly my husband was affected by the recent government sequestration that hit a lot of government workers, and he has furlough time now.  In the interest of saving money, my goal is to use the food in our house and only have to shop for produce this week.  We have a lot of meat in our freezer, so I know this is doable.

Monday:  Chicken Enchiladas with Spanish rice and corn.  This is my own enchilada recipe, and I’ll do my best to get some pictures and type up the recipe for you this week.

Gluten free, diet noodles with peanut sauce recipe

Tuesday:  Spaghetti Squash Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce from Family Fresh Cooking is my new “pin” recipe to try this week and it has me intrigued. The recipe looks delish, and I’m always looking for a healthier or cleaner version to my favorite Thai meals.  I think I will also add some shredded baked chicken breasts for more protein.

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Thursday:  Caprese Pasta from Aris Menu.  This just screams yummy!

Friday: Breakfast for dinner!!  Of course we will have some fruit with our pancakes or waffles Smile

Saturday: Italian Wedding Soup…I make my own using ground turkey breast for the mini meatballs.

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Sunday: We are having company over, so I’m thinking my Crock Pot Pulled Pork or grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.

What is on your menu this week?  Are you trying anything new?

On the Menu for Next Week

I finally got a chance to sit down and come up with next weeks menu.  Here is what we will be having in our household:

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Monday we’re having Chicken and Roasted Garlic Lasagna from For the Love of Cooking.  This is a recipe I have made 3 times now. We all love it too! The only change I made to the recipe was to double the amount of baby bell peppers and add more shredded chicken breast (we like our chicken!)

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Tuesday:  I made a ton of Rachel Ray’s Pasta e Fagioli with Roasted Garlic and Fennel last month and froze it. I’ll be pulling some of this out for soup and sandwiches Tuesday night.

BBQ Potatoes

Thursday will be rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, with roasted root veggies and the potatoes pictured above from Kayotic Kitchen. These potatoes are baked with garlic, butter, and chicken broth. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and each week I make one new recipe from Pinterest in hopes of making everything on my recipe boards…by the time I’m 80.

Friday will be homemade calzones. I’ll get the dough recipe posted with pics for ya during next week.

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For Super Bowl Sunday I’m making my Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork, and it is a recipe that my hubby and son scarf down!

What is on your menu for this upcoming week?

Easy Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Pulled Pork!!

This pulled pork recipe took a few years for me to put together.  Most of the seasonings I put together from basic southern pulled pork recipes (everyone in the south has their own).  However, Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives helped me out a bit too (never watch that show on an empty stomach, or at 10 pm).  The apple juice in the recipe came from my grandmother who used to make pork chops in her crock pot with apple juice.  I hope you enjoy this super easy pulled pork recipe.  You will want to make the rub and rub down the pork the night before.  This way it gets a chance to sit in the fridge overnight and work its magic!


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 T paprika
  • 1 1/2 T Kosher salt
  • 1 T fresh ground pepper
  • 1 T dried mustard powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, 3-4 lbs (if you cannot find boneless it is okay…I make this a lot with bone-in)
  • 6-7 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1/2 c apple juice
  • 1/2 c water

Directions

Add all the dry seasonings and brown sugar to a bowl.  Mix seasonings.  Cut slits into pork meat, and insert garlic cloves into the slits. If you have a fatty side to your pork shoulder, cut diagonal slices in the fat to create a diamond pattern.  Massage the dry seasoning rub all over every inch of the pork shoulder. Don’t be afraid to get in there and really rub as much on as you can get.  Place pork in a bag, container, or saran wrap. Then, place in fridge overnight.  The next morning, place pork in crock pot/slow cooker insert. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then bake in the insert uncovered for 1 hour.  Place crock pot/slow cooker insert back into the crock pot. Add water and apple juice to the pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  Remove the pork from the crock pot. It will fall apart as you remove it and place it on the cutting board. You can use a fork or tongs to shred the pork…it is that tender! We save some of the cooking liquid from the pork to drizzle on top of the meat and add to the container of leftovers.  Enjoy!!!! My husband likes to eat his pulled pork sandwiches with bbq sauce and coleslaw (it is a southern thing).

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Add all the dry seasonings and brown sugar to a bowl

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Mix seasonings

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Cut slits into pork meat, and insert garlic cloves into the slits.  If you have a fatty side to your pork shoulder, cut diagonal slices in the fat to create a diamond pattern.

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Massage the dry seasoning rub all over every inch of the pork shoulder.  Don’t be afraid to get in there and really rub as much on as you can get.

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Place pork in a bag, container, or saran wrap.  Then, place in fridge overnight.

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Place pork in crock pot/slow cooker insert.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then bake in the insert uncovered for 1 hour.

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Place crock pot/slow cooker insert back into the crock pot.  Add water and apple juice to the pork.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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Finished pulled pork!

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Remove the pork from the crock pot.  It will fall apart as you remove it and place it on the cutting board.  You can use a fork or tongs to shred the pork…it is that tender!  We save some of the cooking liquid from the pork to drizzle on top of the meat and add to the container of leftovers.

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Enjoy!!!!  My husband likes to eat his pulled pork sandwiches with bbq sauce and coleslaw (it is a southern thing).