Who likes to eat good food? ME! (and the other girls, of course!) We’ve mentioned it plenty of times, we LOVE some good food. I not only like to eat it, but I love to cook it too. Before I met my husband, the only thing I could actually cook was lasagna. Its not an easy quick meal, but besides browning meat for tacos, its the only thing I could manage. I’ll be honest, I’ve burned quite a few grilled cheese sandwiches in my day. MANY! And I mistakenly told said husband, and he reminds me occasionally about it. However, almost 9 years of marriage, I can cook some pretty delicious meals. I have a mean mac-n-cheese that beats any that my husband has had, and he’s tried a lot of mac-n-cheese. There’s only been a handful of dishes I’ve made that he’s ever said “yeah, don’t make this again”.
Last week during meal planning I had to get out of my “meal rut”, but I always try to keep it healthy (I can safely say we’ve become a no beef family – ground turkey, lots of chicken, shrimp and the occasional pork). I found quite a few recipes to try. I always try at least one new recipe/meal a week if I can manage it. Luckily, my children have learned that they have to try what mommy makes and don’t throw a fit about it. AND luckily, they don’t turn down much food.
Source (picture and recipe):Recipe Girl
I love making roasts/pulled anything. I also love to use my crockpot, but make note, you do not need your crockpot for this pulled pork. This really hit the spot, but if you don’t care for spicy, hold back on the spices. Use a little less. I had 2 children with tears and grabbing their tongues, but mind you, they still ate it. I will also say that I didn’t make the biscuits. I am not a “baker”, so we just used wheat hamburger buns. They worked just as good. I paired it with sweet potato fries, always a win in our house.
**If you’re on Weight Watchers, the points for you are at the bottom. You’re welcome.
Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White BBQ sauce
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
dash of salt
1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato (about 3/4 pound)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup fat-free milk
1. Prepare sauce: Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill.
2. Prepare pork: Cut pork in half lengthwise; cut crosswise into 2 1/2-inch chunks. Combine apple cider vinegar and remaining pork ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add pork to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until tender. Remove pork from cooking liquid; shred with 2 forks. Place pork in a serving dish; pour cooking liquid over pork.
3. Prepare biscuits: Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Combine potato, sugar, butter and milk; stir well. Pour over dry ingredients; stir until a soft dough forms (dough will feel sticky). Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead lightly 5 to 6 times. Roll dough into a 10-inch circle; cut 24 biscuits with a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter. You’ll need to cut and then re-roll scraps and cut again. Place biscuits on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove biscuits from pan; cool on a wire rack.
4. To assemble sandwiches, place pork and a dollop of the white barbecue sauce in between two biscuits.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 2 biscuits, 1/4 cup pork, 2 1/2 teaspoons sauce
Calories per serving: 235
Fat per serving: 7.5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.75g
Sugar per serving: 8g
Fiber per serving: 1.5g
Protein per serving: 13g
Cholesterol per serving: 42mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 29g
WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 5.5
This would be a great meal to include if you’re participating in the 50 Days of Fitness
with Brittaney, Christie and I.
BTW, just so you appreciate this meal a little more – I typed this whole blog post while watching my beloved Texas Rangers. Again, you’re welcome.