Hello! I have not fallen off the face of the earth, it has just been super busy in our household. Daughter Katy has her in person interview today in San Francisco at the Spanish Consulate to get her student visa. There was so much paper work we had to get together for this interview and it took many trips to multiple State offices to get it all accomplished. Today she went with two other students from her University and they booked their appointments one after another so they wouldn’t have to go alone. Smart kids!
Now we have to get ready for our vacation as we leave this coming Sunday. I have a list of things to buy, things to do, things to pack, and so forth. I just have to see it all in writing and I have a sense of accomplishment when I can check things off my list. It is the same with my healthy lifestyle. I like to have my healthy meals planned, know what I am doing for exercise and strength training. Keeping a journal of my food and exercise keeps me accountable to myself and gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when I see how well I did. Oh and speaking of exercise be sure to check back on Friday when I share a new summer work out I have started! I am so excited to post about it! My food and exercise are in check and I continue to see my body getting smaller, stronger and I feel more fit than ever. It really is an awesome feeling. There is no taste of any food that can compare with feeling good in your own skin!
Speaking of planning meals the other day I decided I wanted pork tacos instead of the usual Mexican shredded chicken I make. I dug in the freezer and found a package of boneless pork chops so I threw them in the crock pot with some garlic, spices and salsa. Talk about easy and delicious. The only problem was we wished there was more, it all got eaten at that one meal! It was so good that I am making it again today! I was inspired by some recipes I saw for pork carnitas but I didn’t want to use a fatty pork shoulder. The lean pork chops worked perfectly and that is what I am using again today. The crock pot does all the work and my kitchen stays nice and cool.
We bought these uncooked tortillas at Costco. Esau a friend of my daughter Katy’s recommended them to us. They taste so much better than the ones you buy at the grocery store. They are simple to make too. Just heat up a skillet and brown the tortillas one each side. I prefer corn tortillas for myself but the rest of the family likes flour tortillas and now they only want these freshly made ones! If you want a good salsa recipe check out the two recipes I posted earlier here.
I made my tacos on corn tortillas with a little fat free re-fried beans, salsa, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, fresh cilantro and not pictured a dollop of light sour cream. These are simple and delicious, the pork is full of flavor and so moist. I am so looking forward to tonight’s dinner!
Mexican Shredded Pork Tacos / Crock Pot
- 2 pounds boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat
- 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Adobo seasoning or to taste
- 1 cup Salsa
- 1/2 cup water
Spray crock pot insert with nonstick spray. Add all of the ingredients and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8 hours) or until tender. Check after about 3 hours to see if you need to add more water, I added another 1/4 cup water at this point. When the pork is tender, remove the bay leaves, remove the pork to a plate and using two forks, shred the pork. Place it back in the crock pot and stir into the juices. Serve with your favorite tortillas and taco toppings.
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Per Serving: 182 Calories; 11g Fat (54.2% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 56mg Cholesterol; 192mg Sodium.
Old WWP 4 / New WWPP 5
Post updated 3/25/11
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