Easy Carnitas, Three Ways

Easy Carnitas, Three Ways
If you're looking for a tasty, versatile recipe that can be enjoyed in different ways, look no further than this Instant Pot Carnitas recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and the magic of the Instant Pot, you can create delicious and tender pork carnitas that can be served as tacos, nachos, or a burrito bowl. Here's how it's done:

- 4-5 lbs pork loin, cut into chunks (excess fat trimmed off)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper as seasoning for pork chunks

For Mojo Sauce:
- 1 cup beer OR chicken stock
- 1 head of garlic. peeled and minced
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or 3 drops of lime vitality)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Sprinkle both sides of pork chunks with salt and pepper.  Add olive oil to Instant Pot ( enough to fully cover the bottom) and select Saute.  Once hot, add 1/3-1/2 off the pork (whatever will fit without overlapping), and brown on all sides.  Repeat until all pork is browned, removing  to a clean plate as you go.  You may need to add more olive oil for last batch.  Turn off heat when done. 
2. While pork chunks are cooking, whisk together all ingredients for mojo sauce. 
3. Add all pork and sauce back to Instant Pot, stirring to combine. Close lid and set vent to sealing.  Cook on Manual for 30 minutes, following with natural release (will take 15-20 minutes.)
4. Set oven on broil.
5. Remove lid from Instant Pot.  Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Shred pork using two forks, then pur about 1/3 of sauce over meat, tossing to combine.  Broil for about 5 minutes until the edges of the pork start becoming crispy.  Remove from oven, pour a second third of juices over pork, toss to combine, then broil again.  Repeat a third time and meat will be ready. 
6. Now comes the fun part where you get to choose your toppings and serving style of choice!  Here are some of our family faves:
Tacos:  corn tortillas with carnitas, guacamole, cojita cheese, cilantro, and salsa verde
Nachos:  favorite chips with carnitas, queso, cojita cheese, cilantro, sliced cherry tomatoes, and salsa verde
Burrito Bowl:  carnitas, Spanish yellow rice, black beans, cojita cheese, and cilantro

Make it your own and let me know what you used for toppings!

This Instant Pot Carnitas recipe is a great option for busy weeknights when you need something quick, tasty, and versatile. Plus, it's a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy, whether they're eating tacos, nachos, or burrito bowls. Give it a try and see how delicious and easy it is to make!
Love what you read here?  Subscribe here for updates! 


Love of Lemons

Love of Lemons
Would you like to enjoy a better mood, less stress, and feeling a little more ZIPPITY in your do-dah every day?  Perhaps you are searching for something to help with circulation, weight management, mood/anxiety, digestion, skin, and for support of the urinary system.

I've got you covered!  You can learn more about the benefits of lemon here:  love of lemons

Love what you read here?  Subscribe here for updates! 


Gardening Naturally

Gardening Naturally
I grew up with two grandmothers and a mother who loved to garden.  Some were more focused on food growing, while others loved beautiful flowers and plants.  Spending time with them simply made me adore planting in all of its forms. 

Gardening is a therapeutic activity that yields more than just fresh produce. It also provides an avenue for you to connect with nature, take care of the environment, and even boost your mental health. However, gardening can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you're trying to keep track of different plants, planting schedules, and garden tasks.

This is where a gardening journal comes in. If you're looking for a tool that can help you keep your gardening life organized, a gardening journal might be just what you need. Not only will it help you plan your garden beds and catalog your crops, but it will also help you organize your monthly and seasonal gardening tasks, as well as compile your garden shopping lists.

When you keep a gardening journal, you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep track of everything. You'll be able to see what you've accomplished and what you need to work on, and you can use your journal to make adjustments to your gardening plans and schedules.

But a gardening journal isn't just for practical purposes; it can also be a resource for recipes and inspiration. In fact, my gardening journal includes my 8 favorite oily garden recipes, and I'm happy to share those with you!

Love what you read here?  Subscribe here for updates! 


A Party Favorite!

A Party Favorite!
This simple recipe is a hit at every party!  People actually requests that I make it for every event I'm in charge of ... really, it's THAT good! You can print the recipe here.

Don't have the Lemon Vitality?  I've got you covered!   Lemon Vitality

Love what you read here?  Subscribe here for updates! 


Stress-Free Family Dinner Planning

Stress-Free Family Dinner Planning
UPDATE:  We've been following this plan for about eight years now, and I couldn't be happier with the results.  All three children learned to cook, and two of them are quite accomplished at making complicated meals.  My husband has also become very handy in the kitchen!  And I accomplished my original goal, which was to make time in the kitchen enjoyable again. 

A few years ago, I had come to dread the daily question of “What’s for dinner?”  I was in a rut for recipes, at least one child would most definitely hate whatever I made, and the thought of even stepping foot in the kitchen was overwhelming.   Something had to give. 

I decided to use a tactic I had learned when our oldest was a toddler, and I put the ball back in my family’s court, with a certain set of rules.  Here is what I told them:

The older two would be responsible for thinking of 2 meals per week (and the youngest child immediately volunteered herself to come up with one, which was great.) This left one meal for my husband to plan, and I only had to think of one dinner per week! 

Meals must be mostly healthy.  No meal choice could be repeated in back to back weeks (this was to get us out of that recipe rut.)

No one could complain about anyone else’s choices.   The only person allowed to be unhappy with how something tasted was the chef.  This guaranteed that each person would have 1-2 meals per week that they truly loved. 

Choices must be told to me no later than Thursday night since we go to the grocery store on Friday.  Failure to do any of the above means Daddy is in charge of dinner. (While my husband as many admirable qualities, making a good dinner in a timely manner isn’t always his strong suit. Since the kids don’t like to be hungry, this was a good incentive to get them to help plan meals.)

I launched my plan with high hopes … and it exceeded all expectations.  The kids were happy at dinner, everyone was at least trying foods without complaint, they started researching and falling in love with new recipes, and I enjoyed being in the kitchen again. 

Looking for some ideas?  I have recipes posted on my blog WITHOUT you needing to scroll through long stories!  Both the image and a link to print are right at the very top. 

Love what you read here?  Subscribe here for updates! 

Read Older Updates