Din for the win

Last night when the Pilot got home from work, I had showered and was wearing real, non-workout clothes

(a feat when you’re fighting fatigue)

and tonight, dinner was ready and waiting.

pulled pork

I’m on a roll, friends 😉

The Pilot LOVES pulled pork, but it’s one of those things that I don’t think to make until it’s too late, and it needs all day to cook. Since I planned out some dinners for this week and did a big grocery shop, I was prepared. Bonus: the slow cooker does all the work.

-1 pork tenderloin

-1/2 chopped sweet onion

-1.5 C veggie broth –Coke is actually best, which sounds weird, but we didn’t have any on hand

-BBQ sauce

-Cooked on low for 7 hours, shred the meat and add the BBQ sauce. Super easy, he loves it, and there’s always some leftover for him to take for lunch the next day.

He enjoyed his pulled pork sandwich with salad, broccolini (with garlic, sea salt, pepper, and grated goat gouda), and a sweet potato

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and I munched the same sides, with a BBQ Sunshine burger.burger

Miss Bell even got her own sweet potato.. she was very happy.

bell

The Pilot has been cooking a lot of our dinners lately, which I appreciate so much. The other night we had an awesome chicken meal, courtesy of his mad grill skillz.

dinner

Mine was stuffed with goat cheese and pesto, his was stuffed with cheddar and wrapped in bacon.

+ kale salads and grilled corn

It’s funny how I used to not like corn.. and then we got a grill. With butter, chili powder, garlic, lime juice and sea salt, it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

We just got home from class and are going to call it an early night <3

Hope your week is going well so far and I’ll see ya in the morning!

xoxo

Gina

****I loved reading your goals for this month and thank you for the awesome feedback on the gift guides. Coming up: A Focus On post (it’s been a couple of weeks!) with new workout moves + a new workout quickie

Something to think:

“Learning to let go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large, brother-in-law or end-of-quarter office lockdown—like a beach ball on water. The next time a problem arises in your life, take a deep breath, let out a sigh, and replace the thought Oh no! with the thought Okay.”
― Martha N. Beck

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33 Comments

  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thanks so much for that quote! I stress so easily and really need to work on just breathing and telling myself its going to be okay. <3

  2. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on December 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Goat cheese and pesto make me swoon.

  3. Becky @ TheBexFactor.com on December 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I just got a little mini crockpot so now I want to try making my own pulled pork.
    Also, a friend of mine went on holidays and left me with her veggies which includes kale. I’ve never used kale before so may have to try making a salad with it. Hope it’s yummy!

  4. Sabine @ some-like-it-raw.com on December 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for that last quote. It’s something I try and live by but sometimes forget.

  5. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on December 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

    When I’ve made pulled pork before I’ve used rootbeer!! Awesome@

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 7, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Glad you guys had a nice dinner together and yes, grilled corn is soooo good!

    Sleep tight 🙂

  7. carrie on December 7, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Hmmm kinda sounds like you are nesting a bit?

  8. Christina on December 7, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I really needed to read that quote today, thanks 🙂

  9. Emma on December 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I want to eat everything on this post! It alls sounds super tasty!

  10. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on December 7, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I love sweet taters just like bell! I would have gobbled that up too! LOL!

  11. Amber L on December 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

    When I meal planned for the week I had pulled pork on the menu too! I just put it in the crockpot and came to read your blog. Great minds think alike! I was trying to figure out sides so I think I’ll steal your ideas. 🙂

  12. kristen @ verbs and vignettes on December 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

    the sweet potatoes and broccolini look amazing! i’ve been struggling with making dinner recently when my guy is over, because he is not interested in eating only vegetarian, and i’m not really interested in cooking meat. :p

  13. Emily on December 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Great quote! I got into work this morning feeling stressed already. Reading this helps.

  14. Beth on December 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    You mentioned all the good stuff you put on your corn – how do you do it? Do you shake/squeeze each item on individually, or do you make a marinade/baste for it?

  15. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon on December 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hmm….I’ve always been a straight up no alt no butter kind of person when it comes to corn on the cob but your combo sounds fabulous! Especially the lemon juice!

  16. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I love how you guys have such a perfectly balanced relationship… you cook for him, he cooks for you – it’s really sweet! 🙂

    Thanks for the quote. I really needed that seeing as how my exams are starting next week. Ahhh!

  17. Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly on December 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Great idea for pulled pork in the slow cooker… I swear my slow cooker gets more use than my blow dryer, that thing is money!

  18. Ali @ Peaches and Football on December 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

    The pulled pork does look tasty. I never think to make it but am a HUGE fan of crockpots. I need all the extra time I can get and late nights in the kitchen making dinner are too frequent lately. :\

  19. Steffany on December 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My BF is a big pulled pork fan too. And I have always heard my friends say they use various sodas to make it more moist in the crock pot. And I don’t think I’ve ever had broccolini, but it looks delish the way you prepared it ! Will have to look into finding some ! ^__^ The BF made backstrap last night (from his hunting catch this year) and I made a healthified version of honey walnut shrimp and snow peas. (: (After we got in an Insanity plyo disc workout ! d: )

  20. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I think crock pots are pretty much the best thing ever. They make it look like you slaved away for hours. Love it!

  21. Katie on December 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    An idea you both might enjoy is pulled chicken – I put frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot cover with whatever bbq sauce you like and cook for 5 hours – drain off water sauce, shread and re-coat with sauce on high for 1-2 hours and then you have delish pulled chicken, which I like because I don’t eat pork!

  22. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on December 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    That is such a great quote. I need to remind myself of that more often!

  23. Parita @ myinnershakti on December 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I need to try the sweet potato and goat cheese combo – sounds delicous!

    And thanks for the quote – it really hit home for me today. 🙂

  24. Olivia @ PeanutButterNerd on December 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I’m in awe of all the healthy sides you get him to eat – my boyfriend always wants mac and cheese as a side dish – though I got him into salads a while ago! haha small victories!

  25. Allison on December 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Yummm, I think my Dear would love those pulled pork sandwiches too! We bought a crock pot a few weeks ago and have only used it once, gotta put that baby to good use!

  26. Liz @ Southern Charm on December 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Such a great quote and something I’m in the processing of working on. Love it!

  27. Heather on December 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Have you ever made the slow cooker BBQ with chicken instead? We’re not really pork eaters, but having recently abandoned the South, I am seriously missing some BBQ in my life + I’m always on the hunt for an easy slow cooker recipe.

  28. Samantha on December 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    With your quantities of the ingredients for the pulled pork sandwiches, is that only for the Pilot, or for you too? I’m a newbie cook and would love to give this a whirl for my boyfriend and I.

  29. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on December 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Sweet potatoes FTW! I could live off those and kale for the rest of my life!

  30. laura on December 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I realize this isn’t really related to this post, but saw this and instantly thought of you!!! I figure you could Gina-ize it 🙂

    http://www.macheesmo.com/2011/03/goat-cheese-brownies/

  31. Michelle on December 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    This has nothing to do with your post but I thought you would like this video… http://www.thebostonchannel.com/entertainment/29941678/detail.html
    so funny!

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