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Apple Ginger Pork

Being gluten free, I thought I was a master at meal planning. Add another restricted diet to the mix and oh boy, has meal planning been brought to a whole new level. Evernote has saved my life. Repeat: saved my life. I leave Evernote opened on my computer all day and any time I have some moment of genius, I quickly add it to an ongoing tab of recipes, ideas, thoughts and plans.

Lucky for me, Cory’s diet is also gluten free (I’m not sure James is entirely thrilled with this!). I found an awesome recipe for slow cooked apple ginger pulled pork that everyone could eat. I modified to accommodate our ingredients.

Warning: This makes so much meat. So much.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 – 3 pounds of pork tenderloin or shoulder with the fat trimmed off
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed or 2 tsp of already minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp of ginger (powdered or grated fresh if you have it!)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 2 – 3 small bay leaves or 1 large
  • 1 tsp salt (I forgot to add salt since I assembled this in the morning before work, so it works without if you’re going for lower sodium)

In a crock pot, pour in the water. Add the onions and garlic. If the pork is large, cut into two hunks and lay side by side in the crock pot. Combine your spices in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of the pork. Add the apples scattered on top. Replace the lid and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours or on high for 6 – 7.

Pull apart with a fork. If you are inept at this (as I am), use a knife to help out until someone comes to rescue you.

If Cory can’t have grains, what’s the what rice looking stuff in my picture? I had a stroke of genius (here’s where Evernote comes into play). Have you ever made mashed cauliflower? Before it mashes, it gets to this weird rice like consistency. If you’ve made cauliflower pizza crust you will know exactly what I’m talking about. So I made cauliflower rice, which isn’t the same as rice, but it was pretty good AND healthier for you.

Take that difficult diets!

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