January 15th, 2013
I have good news & less-than-good news. Good: I have another recipe to share today! Yay! Less-Than-Good: I took cruddy iPhone pictures instead of getting out my good camera since we had company over when I made it.
I’m not sure that even my better camera would have done this meal justice anyhow, not only because I’m still not a good photographer, but because you can’t get the full experience of the sweet smell, juicy texture, and hearty feel of this stuff through a lens. Sorry. Guess you’ll just have to make it yourself at home. ::wink:wink::
Good barbeque starts with good sauce. Of course, everyone likes different things in a sauce, but I’m currently in love with this Sticky Fingers Memphis Original. It’s smokey and sweet but not too spicy. Kevin, myself, and the two other couples we had over for dinner on Saturday all seemed to dig it.
Tiff’s Pulled Pork BBQ
- About 2 or 2.5 lbs pork (I chose bone-in shoulder, which was larger due to the bone.)
- 4 oz beer (any beer, even root beer or just water)
- 1 18-oz bottle bbq sauce
- Trim your pork a little bit, but don’t go crazy clipping off the fat. I didn’t want mine too greasy, so I trimmed what I could. But stripping too much fat and handling the meat too much leads to tougher meat and greater chances of cross contamination. Get it done, and get it in the crock pot!
- Once you place the meat in the crock pot, pour the beer on top. A cheap light lager works well. Cover and set to low.
- Allow the meat to cook about 8-9 hours.
- Remove the meat from the crock pot and “pull” with two forks. The meat should fall apart easily. You can also remove any other bits of fat you find still hiding in there.
- Pour as much sauce as you’d like over the pork. I use the whole bottle, but I’m bbq-crazy like that. Mix well and serve.
As you can see, I served mine with Annie’s mac n’ cheese and broccoli, and I paired it with a Highland Brewing Cold Mountain ale. I think this pork goes well as a sandwich or plated as a meat-n-three meal.
Kevin & I enjoyed leftovers for dinner Sunday. Yummy!
I have one more note about budget slow cooking. It’s true that you can cook cheaper cuts of meat in a slow cooker since it makes them more tender and often more flavorful. However, healthy budget slow cooking is little different. This is not a very healthy meal, but I made it slightly better by draining the fat. You can’t sub cheaper cuts of meat in slow cooked soups, stews, chilies, and other dishes that are served with their juices. Just sayin…
- How do you like your bbq?
- Made anything stellar in the crock pot lately?
December 4th, 2012
Many of you are knocking out that Christmas shopping, and I bet a lot of you are probably also making wishlists. (Yup – mine just keeps growing!) I’ve created a list of holiday gifts that keep on giving. For that reason, I’ve added them to my Healthy on a Budget series.
In case you missed previous series posts:
1. Slow Cooker. If you don’t own one of these babies yet, put it on your wishlist. Slow cooking and budget meals go hand-in-hand. You can make lean cuts of meat tender without added fat. In contrast, you can purchase cheaper cuts of meat, cook them slowly, and then drain off the extra fat and juices at the end. I also use mine for vegetarian meals with fresh or frozen veggies. I’m a fan of my buffalo chicken, salsa chicken, and spicy lentil soup. I also love this vegetarian curry, and Kevin’s crazy about this beef in red wine gravy meal.
2. Fitness gear. I’m not going to recap how great it is to have a little equipment at home since I covered most of it in last week’s Frugal Fitness post, but you’ll be surprised how much you can get out of a few dumbbells, resistance bands, and a stability ball.
3. Of-the-Month club. Though wine of the month, cookie of the month, and possibly even Clark Griswald’s jelly of the month clubs all sound appealing, that doesn’t fit into my Healthy on a Budget list. I’m talking about fruit or veggies of the month. I asked for a Harry & David fruit club membership in college, and while I think it may have been a bit overpriced, it was very much appreciated. Perhaps you can find a local CSA to deliver to your door too.
4. Storage containers. Lamest gift ever? Perhaps. Incredibly useful for months or years to come? Heck yeah. Packed lunches or smartly stored leftover dinners contribute to a healthy waistline and a healthy wallet. Kevin and I are both very good about prepped lunches, so these are an must at our house. Glass containers are becoming even more affordable, but let’s face it, if someone else gets it for you, the price is definitely right.
- So those are my top pics – what are yours?
November 7th, 2012
I’m changing up today’s WIAW just a bit. Instead of highlighting what I ate Tuesday, I’m showing off Monday’s eats. I had to go into the office to run some reports (it takes sooooooo long to pull the data at home for these big ones), so I figured my on-the-go meals might be slightly more entertaining than at-home ones.
As I mentioned yesterday, I did an at-home workout on Monday. I mixed up a TBS of my new banana protein with water before the workout, and I used the rest of it with 1/3 cup oats and 1/2 banana to make a post-workout bowl of protein oats.
Lemme’ just say – major yum! I will not be using all the samples that Muscle & Fitness sent me (ie: thermogenic fat burners ain’t on the menu), but I’m glad I tried this! The banana flavor is pretty sweet, but it has a malt-like taste. You know, like the Whopper malt ball kind of malt. I’m glad I have one more packet of the Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion Probiotic Series- Banana Perfection.
Snack = almonds & the other half of that banana
Lunch = BHG’s Mexican minestrone soup (so yummy!)
Snack = Quest bar. I normally don’t like two supplements in a day, but this was great for on-the-go. I’m having some Daisy cottage cheese and an apple for afternoon snack the rest of the week.
Snack = gala apple. Daylight savings time has my tummy all messed up. I was soooo hungry after work!
Dinner = seitan tacos and side salad… plus some unsweetened almond milk because my tacos were too spicy
Stop by Peas & Crayons for the other great snack/meal ideas and recipes!
- Ever make your food too spicy to eat?
- Got any good crock pot soup recipes? Link up in the comments!
December 20th, 2011
I’m not good at keeping secrets. I’ve never been very good at hiding my emotions. In fact, I’m sure every one of you knows by now that I’m a married woman with an affair. I have a love affair with my slow cooker.
When I need a helping hand, the slow cooker is there. While I clean the house, prepare my lunch, or finish up the laundry, I don’t have to worry about dinner. The slow cooker says, “Take a load off Tiff. I’ll cook dinner tonight.”
When I need to save money, the slow cooker is there. I may worry about cooking a quality meal on a budget. The slow cooker says, “Buy dried beans or a cheaper cut of meat; it’ll come out delicious. Spend the money a pedicure instead.”
This love affair would be scandalous, but Kevin knows about it. In fact, he supports the relationship. Kevin also loves the crock pot because it makes beautiful love children like this.
I bring you my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.
- 1 – 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts, trimmed (thighs would be good too)
- 8 oz Franks Red Hot (usually packaged in 12-oz bottles)
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup low-sodium broth, light beer or water
- 5 oz fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 4 small-to-medium sandwich buns (I think it would also go well on a baked potato or buffalo chicken pizza.)
- Pour broth/water in slow cooker and add chicken in a single layer. Pour 2 oz of hot sauce over chicken.
- Turn on “low” for about 7-8 hours. (High for 3-3.5 hours also works but isn’t as tasty.)
- After 8 hours, remove chicken, and drain most of the juices. While chicken is out of the slow cooker, shred it with two forks.
- Add chicken back to reserved juices, and mix in the yogurt. Add the remaining hot sauce (specific quantity depends on your taste). Keep the mixture in the slow cooker until heated through, which should take only a minute or two.
- Serve atop rolls. I clearly had a sandwich thin, but Kevin bought two larger dinner rolls.
What’s your favorite use for buffalo? Wings, burger, pizza, something healthier?
October 18th, 2011
Though I actually have 4 things to share with you, but they come in pairs of 2. Plus, who can pass up an easy alliteration? Not me!
Pair A: Good Things
Kevin and I have found a new product we both love. It’s Food Should Taste Good‘s new chip flavor, Jalapeno Cheddar. They didn’t have this gem back when I did my giveaway!
We killed the bag.
This awesome soup. It’s more than good; it’s good for you! I made it in the slow cooker and almost followed the recipe. I used wheat berries instead of barley, and it turned out great! Check out EatingWell.com for the recipe.
Beans are good for your heart.
Pair B: Yoga Poses
Here are my two favorite yoga poses, at least for now. (By the way, I’m not nearly as flexible as this first chick!)
I wanted to take pics doing these, but all the photos looked inappropriate. I’ll leave the photo shoots up to the real yoginis.
Happy Baby Pose
I look like that when I do this pose too.
- Got any new good products worth mentioning?
- Do you have a favorite yoga pose?
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