Pulled Pork Bulgogi

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I really hate leftovers but I also really like saving money and having food on hand after a busy day. I also like meal prepping. I made some pulled pork earlier in the week and had enough for another dinner but wanted to make something new and was feeling a bowl / Asian inspired meal. To turn a standard pulled pork into something else, I added another seasoning and made a sauce to go with it (this is a good trick if you’re cooking for yourself and maybe one other person). I have a lot of ladies who cook for themselves and often express the dilemma of cooking so much food for one person.

Pulled Pork Bulgogi

Chinese 5 Spice Pulled Pork

I’m refraining from measurements here, you can add the flavors to taste and it depends on how much pork you have left. We had ¾ of a pound left.

  • Pulled pork (leftovers)
  • Chinese 5 spice to taste
  • A dash Sesame Oil –only for flavor, use it sparingly.

Sweet and Sticky Sauce (adapted from Primal Palate) – Serves 4

  • ¾ Cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1/8 TSP Fish Sauce
  • 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1/3 TSP Ground Ginger

Coconut Lime Cauli-Rice

  • Riced Cauliflower about 4 cups (I’m lazy and buy it already riced)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Lime
  • Handful Shredded Coconut
  • Himalayan Salt to taste

Toppings

  • 1 or 2 Chopped Green Onions
  • Sesame Seeds for topping
  • Kimchee
  • Chili Garlic Sauce for spice

Cooking time – 30 minutes

Start the sauce first, in a sauté pan, on medium – medium high heat, add ¾ cup of coconut aminos, the fish sauce, ginger, and garlic, let bubble, reduce the heat and stir so it doesn’t stick to the pan and let it reduce about 10-15 minutes. I was hungry and mine ended up reducing to ½ cup. I’m sure I could have left it on the burner longer. When done, pour the sauce into a container so you can pour or spoon it easily on your pork.

Using the left over pulled pork, I added a little bit of sesame oil and about ½ a teaspoon – 1 teaspoon of Chinese 5 Spice to some left over pulled pork. The pork roast I bought was about 2 lbs and I had about ¾ lbs left. Add the pork to the sauté pan used to cook the sauce and let it cook. The temperature should be medium-medium high. While it’s heating up, cook the cauliflower rice. Heat the pan to medium, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the sauce pan, add some unsweetened shredded coconut – watch it so it doesn’t burn, add the riced cauliflower, salt and stir, then add the juice of one lime. Cook the rice through.

Remove everything from the heat and plate, topping with the sauce followed by chopped green onions, red chili garlic sauce, sesame seeds and kimchee.

Enjoy!!

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Sensational Spirulina Smoothie (vegan)

FullSizeRenderSo everyone is all about “super foods” these days – there is a new discovery each week, which is exciting because we can try some new things and get a little creative.

A year or so ago I discovered spirulina and haven’t looked back. Browsing the intrawebs one day, I read about this magical green stuff and wanted to explore. I was advised to drink this mysterious dark green powder with orange juice, otherwise it would taste like a pond. So into the Vitamix went a tablespoon of spirulina powder and the orange juice. As the juice met the spirulina powder everything turned this vibrant green color. I stopped the blender, nervously poured the mixture into a glass, took a sip and wow! – it was delicious and invigorating.

Fast forward to rushing around the house one morning a couple of months ago and needing something to sustain me until midday –into the Vitamix went a scoop of protein powder, splash of almond milk, some OJ, scoop of spirulina and a spoonful of coconut oil for healthy fats, and some ice cubes. Boom! Easy. Fast. It tasted great. Not to mention it’s full of nutrients.

1 Tbsp of Spirulina Powder

1 Scoop Protein Powder (plant based)

1 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

1 Cup Almond Milk

1 Tsp Coconut Oil (optional)

1 Cup Ice Cubes (optional)

Spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, this super food has a lengthy list of health benefits that you can read up on anywhere on the internet. I personally like Spirulina Manna by HealthForce.