Carnitas de Julia

I found this recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple.  I had been wanting to try for a couple weeks now.  The challenge with trying a new recipe is that you need to “watch” it to ensure it’s coming out okay.

Take 2-4 pounds of Pork Shoulder and cut into large chunks.  I did mine about 2x as large as normal “stew” meat.  Since I purchased the large cryo pack at Costco, I used the vacuum sealer and ended up freezing the other 1/2.Pork SholderNext, get your spices together & pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees

  • 1-2 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • lots of garlic
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 chopped yellow onion

mix the dry spices together.


Dry Spices

Place pork into roasting pan and mix thrououghly.  Because I am cooking with chili’s I use disposable rubber gloves to protect my hands.  Once the meat is well spiced, then add the garlic and mix again.

Finally, add the chopped onion, 2 bay leafs, and 1 cinnamon stick on top and cover with water nearly so the pork is just peaking over the top of the onions.

Spices & onions

Place into the oven and let the roasting begin.  Plan on setting your timer for 90 minutes and then pull the carnitas out and mix up with a heavy durable spoon.  At about this time mark, nearly 1/2 the water will have been cooked off/absorbed into the meat.  Place back in the oven to let the meat finishing cooking and get crispy.  After a minimum of 3.5 hours total cooking, your Carnitas will be nearly ready.  All the water should be gone, and the juice carmelization will be evident around the meat and the edges of the pan.

Remove from the oven, take out the bay leafs and cinnamon stick.  Then break up the meat into shredded pieces.  Let sit or serve immediately.  Sunday’s meal was finished off with corn tortillas (for the men- I had mine over salad), guacamole, salsa’s, lime and tequila.Carnitas

The carnitas will keep a couple days in the fridge.  Be sure to use the left overs up.  Eat cold over salad or heat up in a pan and cook with fresh eggs.


Avocado Eggs & Bacon

Somewhere between getting all the ingredients out and flipping the eggs, Rob banned me from knifes today.  Lucky for him, I ignored him. We had eggs over medium with a little melted mexican cheese, freshly sliced avocado & some bacon.  Top that with coffee with coconut milk and voila! Quality time with your husband before the kids get up!  What could be better?  Not much, in my opinion! 

What did you enjoy for breakfast this morning??   If you haven’t moved over to the “Dark Side” and begun to enjoy breakfast, here are some great reasons presented by Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. at the Mayo Clinic on why Breakfast is Essential!

Here are some of the ways that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss:

  • Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.
  • Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.
  • More energy. Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.

So, if you skip breakfast — whether you’re trying to save time or cut calories — you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re trying to control your weight.


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