Pork Stew

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Traditionally, stew takes hours to cook. But who has time for that?!

This Pork Stew recipe is made stir-fry style with fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and spices, and utilizes natural apple sauce to create a stew-like gravy.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 pound pork, sliced into strips
1/4 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup onions, chopped finely
1 tablespoon jalapeños, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano spice
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the pork strips to the pan, season with the oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pork Stew Preparation
Once the pork is almost fully cooked, add the tomato, onion and jalapeño, before turning the heat up to medium-high.

Allow the tomato and onion to soften while the meat soaks up the flavor.

Pork Stew Dish
Last but not least, add the apple sauce to the dish and continue to cook for another minute or two, stirring continuously.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Simple Pork Sausage Patties

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The best way to start the morning off is with a hearty breakfast. I’ve found that there is nothing better than a sausage patty or a piece of bacon when I need to make sure to have energy for the day. The following is a simple recipe for sausage patties. The best part about it is that it can easily be customized to fit your taste buds. If you know that you do or do not like a certain spice try substituting your preferences in this recipe. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make a breakfast staple for yourself.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground pork
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon mace
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 – 2 tablespoons coconut oil

RECIPE

In a bowl combine all ingredients except coconut oil.
Mix together with hands, cover and let sit overnight in fridge.
Remove from fridge and form into sausage patties.
Heat coconut oil over medium, high heat.
Place patties in pan and cook for roughly 10 minutes, flipping occasionally.
Your cooking length will depend upon what size you make your patties, I always recommend checking one patty to ensure it is cooked all the way through before consuming.
After your patties are cooked, remove and let cool.

I make these patties before my week starts and bring them with me to work every morning so that I don’t miss out on a much needed breakfast. They also double as a great snack to get you through to your next meal.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

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Pulled pork is hands down delicious. Thankfully, while it takes a while to cook it’s relatively low maintenance to get it going. I’ve made pulled pork on a grill, in an oven and now a crockpot. So far I think the crockpot is the easiest. My other favorite piece about making pulled pork is that it lasts you a few days if not the whole week, which means that you’re less likely to eat something bad.

INGREDIENTS

8 – 10 lbs pork shoulder
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 orange rind grated
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
3 – 4 cloves garlic, diced

RECIPE

Turn your crockpot on low.
Place your pork shoulder in the crockpot.
Pour liquids over the pork and then cover pork with rind, spices and garlic.
Rub your spices over the pork to make sure it is thoroughly coated.
Let pork cook for roughly 9 – 11 hours or until pork easily falls apart when separating with a fork. (I let mine go overnight while I was sleeping and pulled it in the morning.)
Remove pork from crock pot and place on a cutting board. Pull the pork using two forks, use one fork to hold the pork still and the other to shred.

I eat my pulled pork with guacamole on sweet potato buns but dress yours however you’d like! This will make enough pork for two for 4 or 5 meals.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pork Stuffed Squash

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It’s fall and we’re inundated with squash, from pumpkin patches to decorative pieces and extensive in-store displays. But the question always arises: what can be made of these fine looking vegetables?

This recipe is simple, delicious and plates gorgeously. It’s a fantastic dish to serve as a Halloween or Thanksgiving appetizer, or together with a salad as a healthy main course.

INGREDIENTS

1 Carnival squash, top cut off
1/4 cup sliced yams
1 teaspoon garlic
1 dozen raisins
1 teaspoon tallow (we love Fatworks grass-fed beef tallow)
1/4 pound pork, cut into thin, short strips
1 tablespoon red wine

RECIPE

In a small pot, bring the squash and yams to the boil and cook until tender.
Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, melt the tallow over medium heat.
Add the pork strips and cook slowly until browned, before adding the wine.
Once the squash and yams are cooked, scoop the inners out of the squash (most of it will consist of pips).
In a small bowl, place any remaining squash flesh, along with the yams, garlic and raisins, and mix the ingredients together.
Stuff the squash with the yam-garlic-raisin mixture and then top with the wine-marinated pork.
Place the lid back on the squash (this not only looks great but helps to keep the dish warm) and enjoy while hot.

This festive recipe serves one.

Here’s to wishing you a very happy start to your fall festivities…

Camilla Carboni

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