07/31/2013 - Dinner Time!

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork served with Mustard Slaw and Stir Fry Broccoli

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post, but as it is the final day of July and summer is rapidly coming to an end, I thought I’d share a delicious and simple summer meal with you.  I prepared this one yesterday with little effort, but BIG flavor!

INGREDIENTS

Pulled Pork

3-4 pound bone-in Pork Butt

2 cans El Pato sauce (7 ¾ oz per can)

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

Slaw

1 bag of cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage, carrots)

½ cup diced sweet onion

½ cup diced green pepper

2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard

2 tablespoons greek yogurt (substitute paleo mayonnaise if you don’t eat dairy)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon honey

pinch of salt and black pepper                                    

Broccoli

1 pound broccoli, chopped into florets

1 sweet onion, sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

3 cups mushrooms, sliced

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon chili paste

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

pinch of salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Trim pork of excess fat, salt and pepper all sides and place into the slower cooker. Add the El Pato sauce to the slow cooker so the pork is covered. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8-10 hours.  To prepare the slaw, add the slaw mix, onion, and green pepper to a bowl. Place the mustard, greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey to a separate bowl and whisk together briskly to prepare the dressing for the slaw. Add the dressing to the slaw mix and mix together. Refrigerate until ready to serve and finish with some fresh ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Heat a skillet or wok to medium-high heat and add the coconut oil until it melts. Toss in the broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and peppers and cook, tossing occasionally for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, chili paste, salt and pepper and continue cooking for 3-5 more minutes (I like the broccoli to be crunchy, so I don’t cook it for very long). When you are ready to serve the meal, remove the pork from the slow cooker and place it in a glass bowl. Shred the pork using a fork , plate the slaw and broccoli and you’re ready to roll!

Enjoy!

-Smugs

02/20/2013: Restaurant Spotlight on Pit Boss BBQ (Hapeville, GA)

 

This week’s spotlight is on Pit Boss BBQ located on Virginia Avenue in Hapeville (near Hartsfield-Jackson), Decatur, and Marietta.  If you’re looking for a Paleo/Primal friendly meal, I highly recommend checking out Pit Boss BBQ.

Four friends (all of whom are very passionate about their Paleo lifestyle) and I sampled a few selections from the menu and collectively gave Pit Boss BBQ, ten thumbs up!  We ordered 3.5 pounds of Chopped Pork Barbeque, 30 Smoked Wings, a large order of Collards, a large order of Cole Slaw, and two bags of Pork Rinds (one HOT and one PIT BOSS flavored). We sat down to eat and slammed the delicious, smoky and spicy wings in less than 5 minutes and then worked our way into 3.5 pounds of chopped BBQ, Cole Slaw, Collards, and Pork Rinds. Over the span of the next 15 minutes we managed to demolish the pork and slaw, while making a huge dent in the two bags of Pork Rinds. The Collards, although tasty and cooked with bacon, were forgotten for a few moments amidst the piles of carnivorous awesome, but were quickly finished when we all went back for seconds. The Chopped Pork was succulent and smoky and paired perfectly with some hot sauce and slaw. In addition to the great food, the service was great – friendly, funny, and happy to help!  

I’ll be back to Pit Boss BBQ for Round 2 soon…who’s coming with me?

Check out their MENU and stop in soon for a tasty, carnivorous feast!

Restaurant Spotlight: Mediterranean Grill

Mediterranean Grill (Atlanta Area)

 

This week’s spotlight is on Mediterranean Grill located in Midtown, Decatur, and Marietta.  If you’re looking to eat a healthy, delicious meal for lunch or dinner, you need to check out the Mediterranean Grill. I frequent the Decatur Location (North Decatur Road at Clairmont near Emory) and the Midtown Location (across the street from Park Tavern on Monroe) and each time I have been very pleased with the service, the food, and the variety and flexibility of the menu options so I can always stick to my nutrition plan.

For lunch, the best deal in Atlanta is the “Business Lunch Special”. Packed with lots of protein (Shish Kabob, Kufta Kabob, and Gyro Meat), good carbohydrates (Greek Salad – remember…skip the pita and substitute the rice for double salad), and healthy fat (olive oil in the dressing) and priced at just $7.60, you’ll have trouble finding a better meal at a better price.  For you Paleo/Primal folks trying to stay on the tracks, remember to also tell them to hold the feta cheese.

FYI:  The “Business Lunch Special is available Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

For dinner, I go for the Grilled Vegetable Entrée and add protein (I usually add the chicken or the gyro meat for my protein). The grilled vegetables are juicy, tasty and seasoned to perfection!  When ordering, skip the pita, substitute salad in place of the rice and if you’re trying to maintain a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, substitute the hummus for extra salad and hold the feta cheese.

Check out their MENU and stop in soon for a tasty, healthy, and reasonably priced meal!

02/11/2013 Quick Breakfast Idea

 

GRASSFED BEEF BURGER w/SPINACH

Struggling with finding variety for your daily breakfast meals? Here's a quick meal I try to whip up every 7-10 days to add variety. 

Take a handful of grassfed beef, season with some garlic (powder is fine), salt, and pepper and shape it into a patty. Start with a bed of raw spinach on a plate. Add a handful of chopped walnuts and some diced vidalia onions. Cook the burger on medium-high heat in a pan for 4 minutes each side. While the burger is cooking, whisk a pinch of salt and pepper with 2 TBSP of balsamic vinegar and 1 TBSP of Olive Oil to prepare an easy, yet tasty dressing for your breakfast salad. Once the burger is cooked, place the burger on the bed of spinach, walnuts, and onions, drizzle with your dressing and enjoy!

Total preparation and cooking time is less than 15 minutes. The whole meal can be prepared while you are sipping your coffee.

Happy eating!

 

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