New Years Resolution #1: Post more recipesIt's New Years Eve and I thought I'd close out 2012 with one final recipe and some resolutions for 2013.
New Years Resolution #2: Go to kickboxing regularly
In addition to ditching dairy this year, I've also been flirting a lot with Paleo eating for about the last 6 months. For those not familiar with Paleo I recommend going here and here to learn what it's all about.
A lot of the Paleo-holics also do Cross Fit. I have not yet gotten into Cross Fit mostly due to the expense. It's the "it" thing right now and so gyms here in Seattle charge upwards of $125/month or more that I've seen. However, I have started kickboxing and Muy Thai fusion classes. These are a great workout to pair with my dino chow. Whatever works best for you, Paleo goes great with a regular workout routine.
The recipe below is almost Paleo, except I used white rice to get rid of some that was sitting around in my pantry. I fully intend to eat the left overs in butter lettuce cups as recommended in the awesome original recipe from one of my favorite Paleo blogs, PaleOMG.
New Years Resolution #3: Add more color to my dietI was born in the year of the Rat, but that doesn't mean I have to eat the same boring brown pellets all the time. I noticed that a lot of the food I made this year had a few of the same colors, and a usually that added up to a lot of brown and green. This first recipe uses red cabbage so I am getting started right with a shock of purple!
Crockpot CarnitasWithout further ado, here is the recipe with a few of my own modifications:
- 2-2.5 lb pork shoulder roast (Pro tip: This cut was called the "picnic" at the Farmer's Market I went to.)
- 1 yellow onion, quartered
- 8 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- 1 orange, juiced and zested
- ½ cup broth (I used chicken and it worked great)
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- cilantro (several sprigs if fresh, 1 teaspoon if dried)
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the top
- 1 head of purple cabbage, sliced to thickness preference
- Lime wedges
- Add your pork ingredients to the crockpot. (Don't trim any of the fat off of the pork until after it's done cooking for a richer flavor. Rub the dry seasonings directly on the pork so they will best flavor the meat.)
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (8 hours was perfect for a 2.5 lb shoulder)
- Once pork is done cooking, shred it.
- Top the pork with shredded purple cabbage, lime juice, and cilantro and dig in!
This is the gift that keeps on giving since you'll have plenty to eat for a few meals to come. Happy New Year everyone!