19.8.14

Pulled Pork Tacos Slow Cooked in Oatmeal Stout Beer and Simmered in a Roasted Rhubarb Sauce



Looking for a no fuss, weekday dish that's also worthy of a Sunday supper? These slow cooked pork carnitas are sweet and tangy and exploding with flavor. Coming home to the smell of a roast that has been slowly simmering in a dark, oatmeal stout is the best way to end your day! Finish them off by simmering the shredded meat in a simple roasted rhubarb BBQ sauce.







After a long day of working in a busy O.R. with demanding surgeons and difficult cases then driving home in the sweltering desert heat the very last thing I have the energy for is making dinner. It takes what little energy and patience to help the kids with their home work which is quickly becoming too difficult for me to do. What's with the way these kids are taught nowadays?  Very interesting and productive but I learned math the old school way and my kids look at me distrustingly when I try to explain how to do it my way. "That's not how my teacher does it mommy." And now learning Mandarin is main stream in most schools! My kids are going to have to start teaching me pretty soon.













We developed this technique for shredding meat many years ago when me and my aunts and cousins were making batches of tamales. You can see it here in action for my BBQ chicken sandwiches which is my most popular post and Pinned image. You simply throw in your cooked, boneless chicken, pork or beef and use the cookie paddle attachment on your stand mixer. In less than 20 seconds you will have perfect, restaurant style shredded meat for enchiladas, tacos BBQ and beyond!
Make sure the meat is warm or hot when you mix it, a refrigerated pork roast killed my aunts mixer.

































Add a bit of tangy flare to your BBQ sauce with roasted rhubarb. If you can put these tacos together without slurping up half of the sauce your a better person than I am!





Rhubarb Sauce adapted from Let's Dish Recipes


TIME    8 HOURS  {HANDS ON - 15 MIN}         SERVES    8      
    

You Will Need

4 lb pork roast (shoulder or butt)
12 oz Oatmeal Stout Beer (or other dark beer) use water if you want to omit the alcohol
2 tablespoons high heat oil like coconut, sesame, safflower, grape seed  or peanut oil (do NOT use olive oil)
1 yellow onion, diced into small pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 teaspoons paprika
small flour tortillas
1 head green cabbage, finely shredded (I use my Kitchen Aide shredder attachment which make the cabbage taste sweet)
Jack Cheese, shredded (optional)


Heat oil in a large cast iron pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Rub the roast with salt and paprika on all sides.
Carefully, place the roast in the skillet and sear it on all sides for 2 minutes each. Using heavy tongs and a large fork, place the roast in a slow cooker. Add beer, onion and pepper. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
Remove roast from slow cooker and carefully place in the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the cookie paddle attachment on speed 4, blend the roast to shred it, about 20 seconds. Do not over mix.
Place the shredded meat back into the slow cooker with the juices. Add the sauce and cook for another 1/2 hour to combine flavors.

For the Sauce
4 cups chopped rhubarb (about 5 stalks)
4 cloves garlic
1 cup water + more if needed to desired consistency
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder (New Mexican if possible)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  1. Place the chopped rhubarb and garlic cloves on stone baking sheet or prepare a roasting pan by lining with foil and spraying with cooking oil. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until rhubarb is soft.
  1. Transfer the rhubarb and garlic to a food processor or blender. Puree with one cup of water until smooth.
  1. Pour the puree into a medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Add additional water, as needed, until sauce is desired consistency.
  1. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  1. Cool before pouring into storage containers. Keep refrigerated




















17.8.14

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn #SundaySupper



Here's the thing. I'm a procrastinator, through and through. I'd like to blame it on the kids but I'm pretty sure I've been this way since, well puberty I think. I mean, don't get me wrong, the chaos, constant interruptions, fighting, yelling and occasional minor civil war in the family room don't help matters any but I'm a procrastinator nonetheless. Which is why I'm making, photographing and writing this post and 7:37 on a Saturday evening.







Take back. It's totally the kids fault. They've been in here 72 times in the last 4 minutes and screaming at each other when not in 'my' room. The darlings.



But, we shall focus on the task at hand which happens to be popcorn. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn. Peanut Butter and Jelly popcorn coated in rich, velvety, melted white chocolate sort of popcorn. Because sometimes that's how it needs to be done. That's a matter of fact.










In an effort to bring the aforementioned darlings a special treat for Back to School I went with a special spin on our all time favorite snack, popcorn. Major success. The Sunday Supper Team has collaborated once again to pull together a bountiful list of Back to School snacks, sips and main dishes for you all.

Another huge thanks to Tammi at Momma's Meals for helping me co-host this weeks Sunday Supper!












While I am aware that this snack has sugar in it which is a rarity in our house and certainly on this blog, it is if fact a special treat. I do however choose my ingredients carefully and don't buy products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup and other chemically manufactured ingredients. Have you looked at the back of the jars and whatnot's that you're purchasing lately? It was really difficult to find a jam or jelly that didn't contain HFCS, in fact, it was the first ingredient on almost all of the jars. I usually buy the Costco/Kirkland brand jelly and PB which contains all natural ingredients. At the grocery store, Smuckers All Natural was the only brand that didn't have HFCS or preservatives in it.





Now I'm off to watch a movie with the sweet darlings. Funny how Despicable Me, Ratatouille, Princess Diaries and Frozen never get old......... well maybe Frozen :)




Happy Back to School Snacking!




You Will Need

Wax paper or a silpat
4 cups popcorn (1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
1 heaping spoonful all natural, no sugar added peanut butter
1 heaping spoonful grape jelly

In a small, nonstick sauce pot add half of the chocolate. Cook on medium till they start to melt while stirring with a rubber spatula. Stir in the peanut butter and cook until combined. 

Repeat with the remaining chocolate and jelly. 

Divide the popcorn into 2 large bowls. 

Pour the peanut butter mixture over one bowl of popcorn and toss to coat. Repeat with the jelly mixture and remaining bowl of popcorn. 

Spread each bowl of popcorn evenly on a sheet of wax paper or silpat. Let cool to harden. I put mine in the fridge for a bit. 





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14.8.14

#SundaySupper Preview for Back to School Breakfasts, Snacks and Beyond!



Summer is still in full swing here in Phoenix. Az. but it's time to peel the kids away from their digital doo dads and send them off to school nonetheless.  After a summer of endless snacking and laziness most days regardless of my best efforts to entertain the munchkins with museum trips and library visits it's time to get back into some sort of a semblance of routine. Easier said than done I might add.


Planning ahead is important when dealing with back to school breakfasts, lunches and snacks, something I'm not exactly good at. Don't get me wrong, I Pin a TON of really great ideas when it comes to packing a perfect lunch box but I still seem to struggle with the whole variety thing. Healthy snacks on the other hand are totally my stronger suit.




9.8.14

Tart Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Breakfast Cakes {Recipe Redux}



Get out of your boring breakfast rut with these deliciously healthy Tart Cherry and Vanilla Yogurt Individual Breakfast Cakes. Served Piping hot who can resist warm tart cherries in a healthy, whole grain cake? This cake is moist and delicious, sweetened naturally with creamy vanilla yogurt and 
 a bit of brown sugar. 





5.8.14

Introducing "Beyond Broccoli" starting with Cauliflower Chipotle Cheddar Poppers {guest post for Cupcakes and Kale Chips}



For about a year now I've been meaning/thinking about/procrastinating on putting together a page called Beyond Broccoli in an effort to help people try and experiment with different veggies. I'm excited to say I finally managed to pull it together over the last week or so! If you've ever been intimidated or confused about what to do with a vegetable you've never tried before I hope you will visit my new page "Beyond Broccoli" for a categorized list of all of my favorite veggie recipes on Simply Healthy Family. There are seasonal charts for your convenience. 









31.7.14

Veggie Burrito Bowl with Yellow Rice and Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette




Better than take out, this loaded burrito bowl is packed with flavor and good for you veggies in every color of the rainbow and fiber and protein from the cumin black beans. Did you know that eating beans and rice together makes it a complete protein?  Get choppin!





25.7.14

Skinny Jeans Mediterranean Baked Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts,Olives and Grape Tomatoes






Raise your hand if your sick and tired of chicken for dinner. Or is it just me? We hardly ever eat chicken anymore because of the humanitarian thing which correlates with the whole added hormones and who knows what else not good for you factor (yeah, I'm one of those sorts of weirdos). Sufficed to say, When I buy chicken it's the Organic, free range sort and I make sure I make a flavorful meal out of it like these Red Chile Shredded Chicken Tacos.


22.7.14

Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin and Sake with Gingered Broiled Salmon


Cooking with spirits is this months theme for RecipeRedux. Choosing just one recipe for this post was a tough one. Then I remembered the first time I tasted mirin, just a dash used in some Jasmin rice  and the choice was easy. Just a tablespoon or two of this special Japanese cooking wine transforms boring foods into a slightly sweet and complex creation.








11.7.14

An Entire Summer's Worth of Giveaway's! #giveaway



I've got a few fun giveaways for you today! This summer has been a whirlwind of activities with the kids shoved into my days off from work. Living in Phoenix means it's way too hot to spend more than a few minutes outside unless you're in the pool. We've been hitting up some museums and indoor play parks that are scattered around the valley as well as morning KID movies at Harkins {popcorn and jelly bellies for breakfast anyone?}.






So I apologize for my lack of consistency in posting but my priorities have been spending what time I do have off from work with the kids and getting them out of the house as much as possible this summer {they're like caged monkeys when left to their own devices for more than X amount of hours at a time!}.







First, Epicurean is offering one of their pretty State Shape Cutting Boards from your state of choice to adorn your kitchen counter. Epicurean is obviously a trusted shop offering top quality kitchen ware and this cutting board is no exemption. I own three! I love that they are super durable, very classy looking and made using wood "scraps" that would have otherwise been thrown away.



The State Shape boards not only represent the United States visually, but are made in the U.S. as well.  Additionally, they are eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and NSF approved. Epicurean’s cutting boards were born out of excess cut-off skate park materials. The company’s heartfelt and original designs, pro environment business practices, and truly unique materials come together to make innovative, functional, and thoughtful products made in the USA and distributed worldwide. 








I've been using my pretty little cutting board for cutting up and serving snacks such as cheeses, fruits and veggies almost every day for the last couple of months. It makes a perfect, simple and clean looking serving board that can be kept on the counter for easy access to healthy snacks this summer. 












Next, Downy sent my a big box full of there newest wonder product called Wrinkle Release Plus. I am not easily impressed by gimmicky  products promising to change your life but I have to say I was completely blown away and am now in love with this stuff! If you hate to iron as much as I do then you will love this product. Plain and simple, it works, it smells Downy fantastic and it's ridiculously quick working..... like instant.







Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is much more than a

replacement for the hassle of everyday ironing. It has over

101 uses for the home, family and traveler. In addition to its

ability to reduce wrinkles in clothes, Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Plus can be used as a quick-fix solution to remove creases

from pillowcases, bed sheets, drapery, tablecloths, cloth napkins, ribbons on holiday

decorations and many other household items. A quick spritz from the WonderBottle can also

remove odors and freshen up furniture, pet beds and infant car seats just to name a few. For

those who still want to iron, it serves as a better ironing aid than water without the residue of

starch.

Downy Wrinkle Release Plus works

to eliminate wrinkles by coating fabric fibers with silicone that allows them to relax and slide

apart instantly. Simply spray, smooth and tug, then allow fabric to

dry for a crisp, fresh smelling and wrinkle-free look in minutes.





One Simply Healthy Family Reader will win a box of Downy Wrinkle Release to last you for a long ironing free time and suitcases of wrinkle free clothes. I keep one in my closet and use it daily for wrinkles and for a refreshing clothes that have been on hangers far too long. Who doesn't love the smell of Downy???










Who the hell wants to iron ever in the summer anyway???  I'm throwing away my iron! :)















Barbara's fig bars are gluten free and made with all natural ingredients. 



Non GMO corn puffs are made with real, aged Cheddar and Blue Cheeses, YUM!
Both are a perfect lunch box treat for back to school.









Barbara's cereals have long been a favorite of ours and is one of the very few cereals I ever buy. They contain ingredients I am happy to eat and serve to my children and taste fantastic. Their products are always non GMO, gluten free and they offer some vegan options, also their cereal boxes are made with 100% recycled cardboard. Barbara's is committed to helping and donating money to the WWF and is active in Project Puffin.   Very cool!  




 Barbara's is offering 2 vouchers for free products to one SHF reader!






Colgate sent me their newest Optic White system which promises whiter teeth in just 2 days. It did!
Their Optic white pen & toothbrush made my teeth much whiter and my smile brighter after just the very first use. I continued to use the Optic white toothpaste and mouth rinse and my smile is noticeably brighter. I do have sensitive teeth so the toothpaste was a bit uncomfortable for me to use.





Colgate is offering one Optic White system to one SHF reader which includes the Optic white toothbrush and gel, toothpaste and mouth rinse.








Scar Away is offering 2 boxes of their Scar away silicone sheets to one SHF reader.








Even the smallest scars are noticeable, especially when they’re yours. Now these unwelcome reminders of mole removal, biopsies, acne, injuries, burns and surgery (among other causes), are easier than ever to shrink, flatten, and fade. New Scar Aw ay

Silicone Daily Discs use an advanced patented silicone technology in a petite, round format that is perfect for smaller scars, super-easy to apply, and are virtually invisible.
An effective, at-home, non-prescription way to treat and prevent the formation of
small, abnormal scars, including hypertrophic (red and raised) and keloid scars.  Professional grade silicone discs use advanced silicone technology, previously available only through hospitals, burn centers and plastic surgery offices.




My scar from removal of a mole gone rogue. The silicone scare removal discs definitely helped soften and lighten the scar. 











To win one or more of these products simply leave me a comment telling me which one you'd like. Make sure you leave an email in your comments if one is not linked already.
Please leave a separate comment for each product you'd like to win!
Tweet about this giveaway and copy the link to the tweet for an extra chance to win (include which product you'd like in your comment).
Open to U.S. residents only.








6.7.14

Blackberry and Peach Sparkling {Camping} Sangria #SundaySupper



It's July (in case you didn't know) which means it's really. freaking. hot. here in Phoenix (in case the obvious eludes you) which means it is officially time to get the heck out of the desert (duh). I'm counting the days until we can go up north and watch the temperature gage in the car drop down into the 70's. Ahhhhhh...... Luckily, "up north" is only about 3 hours away so coolness is within our grasp and I'm not one to not grasp at opportunities when they are shoved in my face.


perfect to take camping, on a picnic or to the beach!



3.7.14

Banana Split Popsicles {sugar free & healthy}








Inspiration for today's post comes from the fact that is 113F out and getting. even. hotter. The fact that it doesn't rain here in Phoenix makes me wonder how the hell so many idiots people decided to make this their home. It's a mystery..... and I'm Native..... idiot.



29.6.14

Melon and Prosciutto Arugula Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar #SundaySupper



Do you like my new blog design? I'm so excited! I've been on the fence for ever about upgrading my old school template that I've had for years. Yet something nagged me every time I went to purchase a professional design about spending money on a hobby. Also, I have spent countless hours designing and editing and re editing and redesigning my {old}  blog. It was kind of my baby, granted it had the face only a mother could truly love.
























Alas, I came across an amazingly talented graphics and web designer named Dana Fox of Envye. Her multitude of web designs and graphics were just what I was looking for and at a price that wouldn't take money away from my children's college fund (although child number 1 kind of ruined the whole ride on my parents shoulders through his freshmen year of college while I slack off more than fungus on a rock deal for the rest of the darlings) but we won't talk about that.


There are still a few fun features that I am working on like a Photo Recipe Page and cuter side titles and organization but I'm pretty thrilled with my clean, updated look, however simple and late to the game it may be. Simple is exactly how I roll. Name of the blog Yo  {missing Breaking Bad......}


Onto picnicky goodness. I have to say this is probably without a doubt the crazy easiest and also most surprisingly delicious recipes I've ever made. I got up at an un-Godly hour this morning to go to work and saved a life via a total knee replacement and yet another by assisting in the removal of a bum gall bladder. Afterwards, I managed to drag myself to the grocery store in the 110F disgusting heat, talk myself out of going Cost Plus Market to purchase a melon baller, picked up a couple of melons and some prosciutto and then came home to take a 2 hour nap (don't judge) and still throw together this salad.



It's that simple.









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