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How to Make Healthy Carnitas Tacos in Less Than 30 Minutes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer is almost here and I cannot wait! It is my favorite time of the year: the sunshine, the long days and summer nights, the lighter meals and fun seasonal flavors and produce, I love it all! Today I am sharing a quick and easy recipe with you that is perfect for summer. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require the oven; it’s very summer friendly. With this recipe you’ll get real flavor, real fast!

When the weather is nice, I don’t want to be holed up in the kitchen cooking dinner. I want to be outside, spending time with my family or friends, soaking up rays and enjoying the breeze. This recipe allows you to do that, while still enjoying a delicious and healthy dinner. No need to go out to eat because you didn’t want to spend hours inside cooking. By using a slow cooker and Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas, the meat is cooked perfectly while you are out having fun. Another bonus, you don’t have to use the oven and heat up the house!

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I really crave Mexican inspired food. Nothing hits the spot like some guac on a summer day. These Smithfield Carnitas are already marinated and seasoned, all you have to do is cook it. I found it in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway. Literally all you have to do is cut open the package, cook, and you get delicious meat that is full of flavor! I also love that there are no crazy additives, just meat and seasonings in the marinade. It is also gluten-free, which means I can eat it! I used it to make healthy tacos, but the possibilities are endless. Today I am using the Smithfield pork for a stand-alone meal, but it also works great for your weekly healthy meal prep.

In less than 30 minutes, we are going to have some delicious tacos, guac and a healthy margarita ready to enjoy. That is definitely real flavor, real fast! Save this recipe for the night you are hosting Taco Tuesday or having friends over to enjoy a summer evening and I guarantee it will be a huge hit!

Healthy Carnitas Tacos with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork

Serves 4
Slower Cooker Time: 4 hours
Prep/Assembly time: 15 minutes

 Ingredients:
1 package Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas (available at some Safeway locations)
1/2 cup water
1 package small corn tortillas
1 lime
Cilantro
Guacamole
Salsa

Instructions:

 Pork:
1. Place Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water. Turn slow cooker on to ‘high.’ Cook for 4 hours. (option to cook on ‘low’ for 7-8 hours)
2. Once cooked, it will be very tender. Remove from slow cooker and use two forks to pull meat apart into shreds.

Tacos:
1. Place skillet on stove, medium to high heat. Place 2-4 tortillas in skillet, depending on size. Warm for 30 seconds, then flip to the other side. Warm another 30 seconds and remove. Tortilla should be warm enough that it is flexible but not burnt.
2. Top warm tortilla with shredded Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas.
3. Garnish with guacamole, green salsa, cilantro and lime.
4. ENJOY!!
Makes about 20 tacos total depending on portion size of meat and size of tortilla.

optional: want to make this recipe grain free or include more veggies? instead of tortillas, cook up some cauliflower rice (only takes 5 minutes) and use as a base for a taco bowl, OR use a bed of lettuce and make a salad.

Grab the recipes for the 5 Minute Guacamole & a Healthy Margarita and in 10 minutes you have delicious homemade guac and a marg!


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How to Make My Favorite Winter Salad

When the dark days of winter roll around, the last thing we think of for lunch or dinner is a salad. I understand the struggle is real; however, I have found a salad that makes my heart sing in winter. It is the perfect combination of fall and winter flavors. It is so yummy I actually crave it! This salad can be prepped ahead of time and is great as a yummy lunch or dinner. img_0587-jpg

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How to Make Easy & Healthy Mini Pepper ‘Nachos’ [Gluten Free and Dairy Free]

It’s getting cooler, comfort food is starting to sound delicious, and you wanna celebrate Taco Tuesday but you still wanna kill it in your skinny jeans. I totally get it, the struggle is real!! Today I’m sharing with you a delicious recipe for healthy nachos that I created last week on a whim. This recipe allows you to have the best of both worlds, it feels so bad, but it’s so good for you. On top of that it’s delicious, satisfying and super easy to make. 

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How to Make My Favorite Pumpkin Protein Pancakes [Gluten Free]

It’s no secret that I love protein pancakes!! Since we’re in the middle of pumpkin season, I decided I should try to make a pumpkin version of protein pancakes. They did not disappoint!! These pancakes are super easy to whip up and taste like fall. The ingredient list is short and they’ll keep you feeling full till lunch. 

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How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Since finding out about my gluten allergy, I don’t eat cookies all that often. I was puttering around Pinterest one day and saw a gluten free, grain free chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was intrigued and thought, “sounds easy enough”. Then I got the crazy idea to use some protein powder and make them into a protein cookie. The result: an amazingly delicious, gluten free cookie that is low in sugar. img_7176.jpg

You may have seen Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies. They have been all the rage, but they are NOT gluten free. I’m also not a huge fan of their nutrition. High sugar, high calorie and high carb. Not much better than a normal cookie. So I set out to make a gluten free, lower sugar, protein cookie. 

These gluten free protein cookies turned out much better than expected and did not last long. I gobbled them up quicker than I expected. I was looking for excuses to eat these! They are great as a snack or a dessert. img_7171

In this recipe, I used my favorite protein powder, Vanilla Milkshake from Quest. One thing to remember when cooking with protein powder is the kind of protein can really change the recipe. Feel free to substitute your protein powder of choice, just know that it may alter the recipe a bit. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip
Protein Cookie Recipe

prep time: 20 mins
cook time: 15 mins
total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil (if your coconut oil is a little melty, put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firmer, like softened butter. If you use melted coconut oil, the dough will be greasy)
3 scoops Vanilla Milkshake Quest Nutrition protein powder
6 tablespoons natural almond butter – make sure it has no added sugar!
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
A few Tsp of water, if needed

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat together coconut oil and the protein powder until well combined. If you use coconut oil, it may not come together easily. If needed, use your hands to combine it and then beat another 20 seconds.
3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract & mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low and mix well.
4. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
5. Roll the dough into approx 12 balls. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until browned and the center of the cookie is no longer raw.
7. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

NOTES:
1. You can also roll cookies into smaller balls but this will effect the bake time.
2. The bake time will also vary based on protein powder used & your oven. Start with 11 minutes and check cookies. With Quest protein, it took 15 minutes, however this does vary based on oven.
3. If you wish, flatten cookie ball slightly before baking for a more traditional cookie appearance 🙂 

Adapted from TexanErin

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Easy and Healthy Breakfast: ‘Green’ Gluten Free Overnight Oats

I love overnight oats for breakfast!! They are easy, healthy & the flavor combinations are basically endless. As you can probably tell from the name, you make them the night before & in the morning you just grab and go! It’s a perfect way to get a healthy breakfast without much time.

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Overnight oats are an ideal breakfast, depending on how you make them, because they cover all the macros: protien, carbs & fat. Oats are a great slow digesting carb, so they won’t spike your blood sugar & they can power you thru a workout or a long morning at work. I add protein powder to give the breakfast a boost and stay full longer. With the nut milk you get some good healthy fats and of course you can also add a drizzle of nut butter.

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In this recipe I added some greens powder from Natural Citizen to give these overnight oats a superfood boost. You can’t ever have any greens in your day!!

Green Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free oatmeal
  • 1 scoop Quest protien powder
  • 1 scoop Natural Citizen Organic Greens (use SWEETBLONDE for $10 off)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened nut milk (my fav is Silk Almond or Cashew milk)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries – fresh or frozen

Directions

  • Add all dry ingredients in a portable container. My favorite is a mason jar, easy to carry & cute!
  • Mix dry ingredients together till mixed well
  • Add almond milk & mix well
  • Top with fresh or frozen blueberries.
  • Close container and store in fridge overnight.
  • Enjoy next morning!!!

Green overnight oats

Looking for more recipe inspiration? Try this: Cinnamon Apple Crisp Overnight Oats. 

How to Make Gluten & Grain Free Paleo Granola

Granola is like trail mix – I’d rather make my own and decided what to put in it and what to leave out. It’s not fun to pick thru the mix to eat only what you want. It wastes both food and time. This lead me to come up with my own granola recipe, and *gasp* I left out the oats. This paleo granola is all nuts and seeds, zero grains, and it turned out delicious! IMG_9089

There are multiple benefits to making your own granola. You get to decide what goes in it & you can control the amount/type of sugar. Granola is usually pretty calorie dense on it’s own (meaning the serving size is small). Adding lots of sugar and sweeteners to this only makes it worse. Pre-packaged granola is usually full of sugar. There are lots more options now, but I still prefer to make my own. It also allows you to adjust ingredients based on allergies or dietary needs. IMG_9098

This granola only has naturally occurring sugar in it coming from honey. Your body digests this sugar differently because it is a natural source of sugar, so the insulin spike is not as great. As with anything, natural sources of sugar should  still be consumed in moderation. In granola recipes, honey is great to use for this reason because it also serves as a sticky ‘binder’ to help hold the granola together and create those delicious clusters. paleo granola

While I don’t eat a paleo diet, this recipe is paleo friendly. I loved the seed and nut combo in this recipe because it allows me to eat my carbs from other sources. The dried fruit and honey add some carbs, but this granola is high in fat and much lower in carbs compared to average granola. IMG_9096

You can switch up the dried fruit in this recipe depending on the season and what kind of fruit you like. I always recommend using unsweetened dried fruit, because fruit is naturally sweet!  I used golden berries which were delicious, but you could use anything. 

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Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Homemade Granola
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw walnuts
  2. 1 cup raw cashews
  3. 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  5. 1/2 cup dried fruit (chopped) - I used golden berries, use whatever dried fruit you like
  6. 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  7. 1 T water
  8. 1.5 T coconut oil
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or with baking sheet liner.
  2. 2. Add first 3 ingredients to blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the nuts, but do NOT grind into a fine meal.
  3. 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white with water until bubbly and kinda foamy.
  4. 4. Melt the coconut oil in microwave.
  5. 5. Add melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon & salt to the egg white/water mix and whisk together well.
  6. 6. Pour the chopped nut mix into the mixing bowl, along with the dried fruit & shredded coconut. Stir everything to make sure it is well coated.
  7. 7. Spread the granola mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes or untill browned and crispy. Stir once after 10 minutes.
  8. 8. Remove granola from oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. DO NOT STIR. This is when the delicious clusters are formed!
  9. 9. Use a spatula and lift granola to break into large pieces.
  10. 10. Once cool, store in a glass, air tight container
  11. 11. ENJOY!!
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  1. ** Granola can go from done to burned very quickly. Be sure to watch it!
  2. Can sub honey for maple syrup to make the recipe vegan. Add 10 minutes to cooking time.
  3. Can sub olive oil or avocado oil for the coconut oil.
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