Thursday, March 24, 2016

21 Day Fix Pork Carnitas

I think that Mexican dishes are not only a good comfort food, but also easy to make and can be very 21 Day Fix friendly.  Load up on the veggies, choose lean cuts of meat, use brown rice, corn or sprouted tortillas, use oils sparingly, and you can have a dinner that the entire family can enjoy.  I also love that each person can make their tacos to their own liking by adding what they want.  We usually devote one dinner a week to some sort of Mexican dish.  This particular recipe is one of my favorites!

This dish is so simple and can be prepped the night before so that all you have to do in the morning is put it in the slow cooker and walk away until dinner time!  This serves a lot of people and you'll still have left overs.

3lbs pork loin
2 bay leaves
1.5 cups of organic chicken broth
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp oregano
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and rub onto the pork loin (you can do this the night before to let it marinate if you wish).  Place the seasoned pork loin in a slow cooker with the chicken broth and bay leaves.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Remove the bay leaves, shred the meat, and then return to the juices and stir.

Pico De Gallo:
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 Persian or pickling cucumber, diced
1/4 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, diced
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

and the BEST PART.....

Cilantro-lime Sauce:
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup lime juice (approximately 1 whole lime)
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 tsp honey, or 4 drops of liquid stevia
Blend in a blender until smooth

Serve with corn tortillas, chopped romaine lettuce, and shredded cheese.

***21 Day Fix count***
1.25 red (cilantro-lime sauce and meat)
1 yellow (2 corn tortillas)
1 green (lettuce)
1 purple (pico de gallo)
1 blue (avocado and cheese)

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