M has been big on the Paleo diet since Christmas and I use the meals as a supplement for some of the more unhealthy meals I enjoy. I do not go all out with the Paleo diet as I am anemic, have a heart condition, and they are concerned that I may end up with fibromyalgea and osteoperosis like my grandmother and other people on the maternal side of my family. That being said, if you do not have conditions which require you to have a diet with grains, legumes and/or dairy, you definitely should check out the Paleo diet!
One meal that he has recently introduced to me was Everyday Paleo’s “Beyond Easy Pulled Pork” recipe.
The photo above was taken from our kitchen after about 12 hours of cooktime in our slow cooker (so about 7:30pm). The onions had caramelized, the seasoning gives a good kick to a dish that has NO SALT ADDED. The original recipe includes it, but we find it is not needed so we go without it. This recipe is great. We are big fans of dry rubs when we cook meat and this dish was no exception. Here is what this recipe’s author looks like before Paleo (after 3rd baby was born) and after Paleo and CrossFit! Please find the recipe below:
Beyond Easy Pulled Pork
4-5 lb pork butt roast
2 yellow onions, sliced
3 tbsps chili powder
1 tsp coriander
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps onion powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
Mix all dry rub ingredients together. Rub the entire roast with the dry rub (you should use it all.) Place a layer of onions on the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the roast on top. Put the rest of the sliced onions on top of the slow cooker. NO LIQUID NECESSARY! Cook the roast on high for 5-6 hours and then turn down to low for another 3-4 hours or until the roast is literally falling apart and easy to shred.
It really does fall apart. I ate mine with some pasta the other night (as Italians would with Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale) and it was wonderful. I used carrots as a side as it helps clean my palate (and teeth) after all of the meat. I often have a spinach salad with it, too.
Being on Paleo is perfect for M. Due to his profession, he needs to be in top physical shape everyday and he burns about 2000 calories a day. He is 9% bodyfat and has to maintain that physique. For him, a book called The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf is what helped motivate him and really impress him with the Paleo system.
M and I may post other recipes from other sources as we come across them. If you are interested in more Paleo diet recipes, check out Everyday Paleo!