I have crunchy confession. I'm a procrastinator when in comes to dinner. I'd like my family to eat around 6pm each night. Unfortunately I often don't think about what I'm going to make until around 5.
An hour might seem like a long time, but between homework, diaper changes, and my 13-year-old's cross country meets, dinner needs to be quick and easy. More importantly I try my best not to feed my family anything that comes out a box (God knows my life was simpler when I had no clue about the toxic stuff in boxed macaroni and cheese.)
Some days, once I've cleaned up breakfast, made the kids lunches and gotten them out the door my mind actually does think ahead to what the heck I'll make for dinner.
My partner in crime when making planned meals has to be my trusty crock pot. Although I have had some epic snafus (yes I messed up chicken noodle soup, now THAT takes talent!) I've also had some of my biggest winners come from the slow cooker.
Tonight my son has a meet and I'm going to check on my doula client who just had twins (yea she's basically my hero), so setting and forgetting dinner is what I need to do so that we aren't stopping for some greasy fast food on the way home.
This recipe is SUPER easy and quick---as long as you allow 6 hours to cook :-)
Slow Cooked Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders
- 1/2 Teriyaki marinade
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup chili sauce
- 1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 8 hamburger rolls
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
- 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
In a bowl whisk together the chicken broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili sauce and pineapple juice. Set aside.
Put the chopped onions and carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker. Place the pork on top of the carrots and onions and pour half of the pineapple juice mixture over pork.
Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. The meat should fall apart easily. Remove the roast from the slow cooker to a cutting board. Using 2 forks carefully pull the meat into shreds. Serve the pork on rolls drizzled with the Hawaiian sauce or on the side for dipping.
What's your favorite recipe for busy days?
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