Slow and Low: Immune boosting slow roasted pork

This dish is super easy. Not a ginger fan? Substitute it with lemongrass or more garlic. Don't eat pork? Substitute half a chicken or beef chuck roast. These ingredients will give you a boost of energy and help you need to stay healthy through flu season. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork shoulder (6lbs)
  • Maldon salt
  • Black pepper 
  • Cumin 
  • 2 cara cara oranges
  • 1 white onion 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 1 ginger root
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 can/bottle stout beer 

Season pork shoulder with salt, black pepper and cumin. In a large pot, sear the pork shoulder on all sides until golden brown. Remove the pork and drain fat from the pot.  Drop 2 T of olive oil in the pot and cook onion, carrots and 1 garlic clove until golden brown. Add stout beer, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 sliced orange and 2 cups of water. Place pork back in the pot and secure the lid. Simmer for 2.5 hours on low heat. 

In a small sauce pan on low heat bring the juice and zest of 1 orange, 2 T of ginger, 1 clove of garlic , 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water to a simmer. Once the ginger and garlic are soft add 1 T of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. 

Now that your pork is cooked- break it apart with 2 forks and pour your orange, ginger glaze on top. Serve over crispy potatoes or coconut rice and top with fresh herbs. 

Enjoy!

Lunch boxes are cool

I haven't packed a lunch in 10 years until last week. I spend so much time on the road, traveling from job to job so packing a lunch should make sense for me. I recently stumbled across PlanetBox-an eco friendly, safe-stainless steel lunch box company that makes packing lunch incredibly easy. I am a leftover queen- so cramming all of my snacks in a stainless steel lunchbox is oddly satisfying and helps with food waste in my own fridge. I went with the "Launch Box" style because of the larger compartment for salads and proteins and salad dressing container. Check out other styles and lunchbox goodies at PlanetBox.com 

More Kefir Please

 

If you have eaten at one of my tables you know that I am a little yogurt obsessed. From appetizers to desserts its one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate in my dishes. Now that we have entered soup season, it remains at the top of my go-to lists for soup toppers. If you're really into the yogurt tang try kefir milk-its a game changer. 

What is Kefir?

Kefir is more or less a drinkable yogurt with added beneficial yeasts and probiotics. It is made from a gelatinous grain which ferments the milk and is then removed before serving. 

Goat Milk Kefir Dressing-I use this recipe to top fish, chicken, soup and salads. 

Ingredients

1 cup goat kefir milk

1 clove garlic

1 t chopped dill (or basil, thyme, rosemary whatevs)

1 t olive oil 

1/2 t salt

Muddle your garlic and salt into a fine paste. Add your kefir milk and chopped herbs and mix. Top your dressing with 1 t of olive oil and some fresh cracked black pepper.