Friday’s 5 Ingredients or Less: Pulled Pork (Sugar-free)

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Some of the best things in life happen accidentally, and this recipe is no exception. It was the day before grocery day and all I had left was one onion, package bacon, and pork sirloin. So I pulled out my handy crockpot, plugged that sucker in, diced that onion, sliced that bacon, scored the sirloin, hit the seasonings basket, dashed a little bit of that and sprinkled a tad of this, and then prayed that it would at least be eatable come dinner time.

Fast-forward 8 hours and it was judgment time. Food was plated, family sat around the table, prayer said, and everyone took a bite. I could literally hear my heart pounding in my head. If this was an epic fail the only backup plan I had conjured up was passing the jar of peanut putter around the table and then chasing it down with ketchup or mustard, we literally had nothing but condiments left in the house. Everyone chewed and swallowed their food and then the reviews started flying across the table “Mom, this is SO GOOD!”, “Mom, you need to make this again”, “Mommy, can I have some more?”….they loved it! Even my Tween who so desperately wants to be a vegetarian and refuses to touch meat loved the pork! That dinner WIN had me grinning ear to ear. I never did tell them it was an experimental recipe and that they were my Guinea pigs, and I especially didn’t tell them that if it didn’t taste good they were going to have peanut butter and ketchup for dinner, some things are better left unsaid.

So here it is, Fridays 5 Ingredients or Less Meal: Pulled Pork……

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion

1 package of bacon

1 pork sirloin

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub (I have purchased organic seasons before and nothing has EVER tasted as fresh as Wildtree’s, I HIGHLY recommend their seasonings. Contact Katie and she can hook you up…. http://www.mywildtree.com/katiegaster 

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Tuscan Bread Dipper Herb Blend

Instructions:

  1. Slice/cut up onion and place in Crockpotpork4
  2. Cut Bacon and place in Crockpotpork5
  3. Score Pork Sirloin and toss seasonings on top of sirloin, rub in if you wish.pork3pork6
  4. Place crockpot on high for 6-8 hours
  5. Pull apart pork right before eatingpork

 

 

Serve over coleslaw, in a bun, or by itself.pork8

This is officially our go-to meal for the Fall ….perfect for having everyone over to watch the game, Sunday meals with friends and family, or ya know, on those days when you just don’t’ want to cook 😉

 

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Keto Sushi

Hi y’all, hope you are making it a great one today! So, I have received a lot of messages from you awesome followers expressing an interest in the ketogenic diet, more specifically requesting that I share what I eat on a daily basis. First off let me say congrats to all of you, the first step towards a new journey is research and gaining knowledge and that is precisely what you are doing, thus, you totally rock!! Second, I am more than happy to share what I eat however, since this is not strictly a food blog I don’t want to bombard the blog with food thus; I will try my best to incorporate at least one or two post on Ketogenic foods a week, and I will start with lunch today, I made what I like to call Keto Sushi! It is so good that I literally started eating it while photographing it, lol!

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So, the mains staples for the Keto Sushi are seaweed wraps and cream cheese. You can add whatever you like to the center; things I enjoy include cucumbers, avocados, and my all-time favorite, and what I included in it for lunch today, smoked salmon.  It should be noted that you can use any type of salmon, filet or canned, you can use any fish, even meat if you like, or keep it simple and just have seaweed and cream cheese.

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So, how do you make the sushi? Lay the seaweed wrap on the plate, place the cream cheese in the center (you will need to cut a slice and place it in the center, DO NOT try to spread, it will not spread)  then layer the remaining items on top, and then simply roll it up. I like to cut mine in two but you don’t have to, whichever way is easiest for you, there really is no right or wrong way, just enjoy!

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This is a real simple to prep meal, so much so that my son and daughter like to make this for lunch the night before school. It travels nicely in a container; just make certain you keep it refrigerated or put an ice pack in your lunch bag.

Feel free to post any questions, suggestions, and/or advice in the comments. I so enjoy hearing your feedback! Cheers!!

Why the obsession with Pork Rinds? (Includes 3 crowd pleasing Keto recipes!)

If you would have asked me last year at this time if I would eat Pork Rinds let alone do a segment about Pork Rinds my answer would have been heck no! My reasoning would have been because of all the fat. Back then I was a fat hater, I wouldn’t eat anything with fat, fat was the enemy, fat was what made you, well, fat! Right!? Wrong! (Here is a clip of the segment)

 

Fast forward a year and I have gone Keto, (the Ketogenic Diet…when your body becomes a fat burner instead of burning off sugar)! Which means fat is what consumes most of my diet. That’s right, 80% of my diet comes from fat, and the remainder is protein, fiber, and net carbs. Notice something missing from my diet? Sugar! Sugar is a thing of the past for me. It wasn’t an easy path but one I am so glad I went down, the results have been astonishing. I didn’t realize what a hold sugar had over me, over my brain, and my body. I will NEVER go back. I am pleased to announce that the side effects of a sugar free, low carb, high fat diet has been weight loss, 15 pounds lost thus far, I have more energy, and my mind is so much sharper.

Eating low carb, high fat, and often high calorie deliciousness was tough at first. Sure it was easy for me to consume the healthy “normal” foods so to speak, like salmon, pork, spinach, eggs, avocadoes, smashed cauliflower, etc. The tough part was when we would have pizza night, spaghetti & meatballs, when guest would bring chips and dip, or basically anything that involved bread, bun, or breading. Solution to the problem, Pork Rinds!!

Here are 3 AWESOME Low Carb High Fat recipes that have really helped me feed my cravings

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Faux Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

8 chicken legs (drumsticks seem to be everyone’s favorite but you can use thighs, wings, breast, etc.)

1 bag Rudolph’s Pork Rinds crushed (hot & spicy if you are serving adults or regular for kiddos)

3 eggs, beaten

1 Tablespoon hot sauce

Directions:

Place eggs, hot sauce, and chicken in bag or bowl for 10 minutes. Remove legs one at a time and roll around in crushed Pork Rinds. Grease pan, place legs on pan, and bake at 400 for 15 minutes on each side.

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BBQ Pork Rinds Pizza Crust (can use regular Pork Rinds for a pizza with pizza sauce, I just have a tough time finding sauce with no sugar thus this has become my fav pizza!! And it is great to serve to guests too!)

Ingredients:

1 bag Rudolph’s BBQ Pork Rinds crushed

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

3 eggs, beaten

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Directions: Mix all the ingredients well, press into a nonstick greased pan. Bake at 350°F for about 8 minutes. Add your toppings, I mix a cup of shredded chicken with a cup of ranch dressing (I make my own so I have control over what’s in it), about a cup of shredded chedder cheese, and slices of bacon on top then re-bake until cheese and toppings are hot. This recipe can easily be doubled but just bear in mind that it is VERY filling!

 

This is a good one for Homegating/Tailgating or on a Tuesday afternoon, lol!!

Beer Dip with Pork Rinds

Ingredients:

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened

2Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 packet ranch dressing mix

½ cup beer (or more…depends on how many carbs you want in it and how thick you want it)

Directions:

Toss everything in the food processor and puree!! After a few minutes check the thickness and if need be add a bit more beer, once it is to your liking remove and place in bowl. Grab a pork rind, spoon dip on the pork rind and enjoy! It gives you that same satisfaction as a chip, the crunch and crispiness is perfect!

 

Interested in learning more about the Ketogenic Diet? Here are a few resources I found quite useful.

https://www.drberg.com/ketosis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_434ERRbkj8

http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/why-you-should-consider-a-ketogenic-diet/