Pulled-pork 3 ways: healthy recipes, tasty AF
Who doesn’t love pulled-pork? Well, aside from pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans of course. But if you’re reading this and you don’t eat meat – these days you can get all sorts of meat replacements. I’m pretty sure you can get non-meat pulled-pork. Maybe.
Meal prepping can be expensive, time-consuming and can end up meaning boring meals all week if you don’t have the time to think up exciting meals all the time.
I won’t stand for boring meals.
So let me share with you 3 pulled-pork recipes that I made this week, all using the same main ingredients, meaning less money spent, less time in the kitchen, but way more taste than your average ‘healthy meal’.
This week I bought a joint of pork for €4 from my local supermarket (yes, I know, butchers would have been better quality… but I’m thrifty, plus Spanish supermarkets use better quality meat than UK ones, in my experience).
I use Cheeky Boy Sauces in 2 of these recipes, which I have also recently reviewed because they are amazing! You an read my review here.
Note: due to the high variability in ingredient amount options, I haven’t provided any kcal/macro info.
So the first recipe is going to be how to cook the pulled-pork, so that it’s ready to be made into all of these awesome meals. You’ll need a slow-cooker. You can get one in Tesco for £10. Invest in one; trust me, it’s worth it.
The first meal is a different approach to pulled-pork soft-tortilla tacos. Way less fat & calories. Incredible.
The second meal is pulled-pork tortilla pizza. Way less carbs, fat and calories; more protein. Win.
The third and final meal is a much-healthier-than-average pulled-pork burrito. Still high carb, but lower fat & calories than your average burrito. Perfect for a post-workout dinner.
To make the slow-cooked pulled pork:
- Approx. 1kg pork joint (e.g. leg, shoulder)
- Musclefood Grillstock Deep South Seasoning
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Place 1/2 cup water and the pork joint in the slow cooker and set it to low.
- Rub the seasoning onto the bits of the pork joint that aren’t under water. Don’t worry if some goes in the water – it will help to season the meat.
- Cook for 8-10 hours on the low heat.
- Remove the meat and place onto a plate, remove the fat from the top and put aside – you can make this crispy in the over later because oh boyyyy that tastes good.
- Pull dat pork – use 2 forks to shred the pork completely, then add all of the pulled-pork back into the seasoned water that’s left in the slow cooker, stir it all up the cover the meat in the liquid then replace the lid and cook until the liquid has nearly all gone.
- Your pulled-pork is now ready to serve!
Tacos: Tortillas. Meat. Cheese. Healthy isn’t exactly what springs to mind when you think of tacos.
Tacos are up there as one of my favourite meals, alongside pizza and pancakes of course.
Normally however, if I want to make standard tacos, I’m looking at using a pretty big percentage of my daily caloric intake requirements; so I tend to save them for special occasions.
But I don’t want to save them for special occasions, I want to have tacos all the time.
So, I decided to come up with a recipe for a spin on tacos that would satisfy my taco taste buds, while still leaving me enough caloric room for all my other meals in the day… and I’m proud to say that I have succeeded!
Now as mentioned, this is a spin on tacos – it’s something a little different, that I think you will really enjoy.
(Makes 2 tacos)
Ingredients (all ingredients are guides – use as much of each as you want unless specified otherwise)
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 150 – 300g pulled-pork, depending how much you want basically
- 1/4 – 1 cup diced onion & mixed peppers (I used frozen, pre-diced, ’cause it’s super easy)
- seasoning: salt & cracked black pepper, paprika powder & garlic powder, to taste
- 2 wholemeal tortillas
- baby spinach (I tore mine up to make it easier to handle)
- shredded beetroot
- Cheeky Boy Sauces: BERLIN49 German Hot Sauce and HRH Harry Redders Hot Sauce
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the onions & peppers
- If they’re frozen, wait until they aren’t anymore before adding the pork and all of the seasoning, otherwise just add it all straight away.
- Keep stirring frequently, until it’s all hot throughout, then remove from the heat.
- Build the tacos in this order: tortilla > baby spinach > beetroot > BERLIN49 > pulled-pork/veg mix > crumbled feta > tiny bit of HRH Harry Redders > wrap up
- Try not to inhale this – I did (I ate it so quickly that I didn’t have time to appreciate the flavours, but I was so full after just one that I had to wait until the next day to have another one!) – instead try to eat it slowly & mindfully, savouring and enjoying the amazing flavours & textures.
PIIIIIZZZZZAAAAAAAA!!!!!! Probably my favourite food, ever. But we all know the nutritional disadvantages to eating it on the regz, so I won’t go into that.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that this tastes like normal pizza, ’cause it just doesn’t. It’s a tortilla pizza. It doesn’t even come close. It does however taste amazing. Plus, with this recipe, you can have pizza(ish) every day, if you like. Of course you like.
(Makes 1 pizza)
- 1 tortilla
- 1 tbsp or so of tomato sauce of your choice (puree, pasata, etc)
- a little baby spinach, torn up
- 10 – 30g feta, crumbled
- 75 – 100g pulled-pork
- salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder & parsley, to taste (I wouldn’t recommend using too much salt)
- Pre-heat grill, to a medium heat
- Build your pizza in the order that the ingredients above are listed
- Pop under the grill on the top shelf for 2-5 mins – make sure it doesn’t burn!
Last but not least, burritos; because burritos are awesome.
(Makes 2 burritos)
Exactly the same as for the tacos, except:
- add 1/4 – 1/2 cup rice of your choice, e.g. white, brown, red, black, etc (I always use microwave pots/pouches as they’re so much easier to cook with) into the veg/pork mix when cooking in the frying pan.
And there you have it. 3 awesomely tasty, highly nutritious meals, based on very naughty originals.
Thanks for reading, guys! What’s your favourite way to eat pulled-pork? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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