Pulled pork salad is the perfect way to take your salad from boring to fantastic. Pair this savory salty meat with the best sweeter foods from autumn like carrots, cranberries, and apples. Move over diet food it is time for real food that tastes real good!
Here is the thing. Everyone always thinks that Dietitians judge random people, friends, and clients for what they eat. At least for me, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Personally, I don’t bat an eye at what other people are eating, even a Hungry Hobby RD client, unless they ask for my input.
I’m not the food police, although if I was I would totally confiscate your cookie so that I could eat the evidence after my shift. For real, though, I don’t have that many friends, I’m not about to lose any of them over food choices. Seriously, so many more important things in life.
However, when family comes to stay with me, in MY house, it’s just so freaking hard not to voice MY opinion. Let me preface this by saying that my family eats pretty darn healthy. They all have intuitive eating capabilities that blow me away.
However, last year, I distinctly remember sugary oatmeal packets, hydrogenated oil filled peanut butter jars, cereal, all-purpose flour, refined sugar and skim milk exploding from my cabinets. I totally lost my s!*t over the peanut butter.
Mr. Hungry kept telling me to be cool but you know how it is, stress builds up (I was still at Life Time working commission and 60 ish hours a week) and bam peanut butter is the end all be all. I’m literally laughing out loud as I write this because looking back it seems hysterical that I would lose it over partially hydrogenated oil, but I totally did.
I am not the food police, but in my kitchen, I feel like the protector of the realm, ya know? Though shall not enter unless (mostly) free of artificial preservatives, coloring, chemicals, additives, and resembles real food.
So when things start making their way through my kitchen that I believe to be, let’s say, less than optimal for health, I feel like I failed. I failed at protecting my kitchen and my family. Is that weird? That’s probably totally weird, but it’s true. It’s such a delicate balance to be a family member and the protector of the realm.
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So this year, I did what any good (and certifiably insane) host would do and sent out a survey. Let me repeat that, I sent out a Thanksgiving survey to my family (all of whom are probably trying to figure out how we can move Thanksgiving elsewhere). It sounds as crazy as the answers were.
However, from that survey, I learned cornbread stuffing was a go (great news because it will be yeast and gluten-free for Mr. Hungry) and I was apparently severely lacking in bacon and cranberry sauce last year. I also learned that every single person in our family likes a different type of dessert. So if anyone out there has a recipe to make pecan, pumpkin, and apple pie in one pie pan that would be fantastic, send that right along!
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This is our third year of marriage and our third year of hosting Thanksgiving. I never expected to play host so early in our marriage, but it’s the way it worked out. One thing is for sure, every year I look back and I’m just so proud of us for the way everything turns out my heart almost explodes.
I just have to keep remembering my kitchen is a communal space, there is plenty of wine, and I’m not working 60 hour work weeks so I can just chill you know what out! Life is about looking back on those memories and smiling.
It’s about being a good person, being kind to others, and enjoying everything. If there is anything I’ve learned in the last year, it is that the more I try and control things, the worse I feel. When I focus my attention outward, on being around the people I love, that’s when I feel my best. My love language is quality time (I really need to do a book review for you guys on that one) and moments with the people we love don’t come very often, that’s why the holidays are so freaking special.
Oh, and I made this “salad”. It’s amazing because it isn’t diet food, eat it! The end.
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Pulled Pork Salad
For the pork:
For the salad (ingredients listed for one salad):
- 2 cups greens I used romaine hearts
- 1-2 T dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots be kind to yourself and buy the pre shredded stuff
- 1/4 sliced apple I used a mandolin at the #2 setting
For the dressing: See Goat Cheese Dressing
- Pour vegetable broth in slow cooker.
- Trim pork of excess fat. Then, poke holes and slits throughout the pork and fill with the holes with garlic and the slits with apples. Sprinkle the top with fine sea salt. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
- Make the Goat Cheese Dressing
- Once the pork is done remove from slow cooker using a slotted spoon.
- Assemble salad(s) with lettuce, cranberries, carrots, and sliced apples (ingredients listed are for ONE salad, add as much meat as you would like). Top with your favorite dressing or Goat Cheese Dressing
Looking for more easy crockpot recipes? Try one of these!
Five Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Bowl
What is your favorite part of the holidays?