Pulled Pork Two Ways


Pulled Pork Two Ways

I use the crock pot to prepare these two recipes; the pork comes out flaky and moist, full of flavor.  Place the pork loin in the crock pot and season with the All purpose spice rub and cover with the enchilada sauce, add a little water if needed.  Cook for about 4-5 hours at high.  Remove from the crock pot and flake using two forks.  Transfer to a serving bowl and add some of enchilada sauce to the pork.

I thought about my commitment to lighten things up so the first way is served on a bed of red leaf lettuce, topped with chopped zucchini, green onion, brown mushrooms, and tomatoes.

The other way is similar to a sloppy Joe.  Take a whole wheat burger bun and place each side on a broiler rack and place a slice of American cheese on top.  Place in the broiler until the cheese is just melting.  Remove from the oven and top with the vegetables, pulled pork and some shredded cheese.  Place back in the broiler until the cheese melts.

Both ways make my mouth water.

Ingredients:

1-2 lb. Pork Loin

2 tbsp. All-purpose rub

1 large jar of enchilada or red chili sauce

1 zucchini chopped

4 brown mushrooms chopped

1 tomato chopped

2 green onions chopped

6 whole wheat burger buns

6 slices American cheese

Shredded cheese, your choice

4 leafs of red leaf lettuce

Tomato Soup


This is the first time I have ever made tomato soup and it will not be the last.  I am a humble man but this soup is out of this world.  Do yourself a favor, make it and make some croutons to add to it.  I love it when it comes together.

Tomato Soup

10 Roma tomatoes

Olive oil

1 Red pepper

1 Serrano red pepper

1 Zucchini, chopped in large chunks

1 Yellow squash, chopped in large chunks

½ Red onion, chopped

2 tsp. Cumin

2 tsp. Paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. Coconut oil

1 28 oz. can Tomato sauce

1 can 13.66 oz. Coconut milk

Fresh oregano, parsley, and basil, chopped

Directions:

Coat the tomatoes, red peppers, and Serrano pepper with oil and place on a baking sheet.  Put under the broiler, stirring often and broil until the skins start to turn black.  Remove them from the broiler and let cool.  Remove as much of the skin from the tomatoes, red pepper and Serrano as you can.  Roughly chop the mix and put aside.

In a stock pot over medium heat place 1 tbsp. of the coconut oil in the pan and add the tomatoes and any juice, red pepper, and Serrano.  Season the tomato soup with salt, pepper, 1tsp cumin, and 1 tsp. paprika.  Cook until the tomatoes begin to break down.  Add 1 can of tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.  Using an immersion blender blend until the tomato soup is smooth.  Check for seasoning, (if the soup needs some sweetness add a handful of raspberries and blend till smooth.  Let the soup simmer for 5 minutes while you cook the vegetables.  Add as much coconut milk to make a smooth soup (your preference on how much).  I used all of the coconut milk.

Vegetables

Heat 1 tbsp. of the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 tsp. of cumin and paprika and heat, stirring constantly for about one minute.  You should be able to smell the spice.  Add the red onion and cook until the onion is becoming soft.  Add the zucchini and yellow squash.  Cook until the vegetables are al dente.  Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.  Remove from the heat.

To serve, place a large ladle of soup in a bowl, top with the chopped herbs and the vegetables.  You could add croutons if you choose.