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320. Make It Monday: From Around the Web

I’ve been a busy lady lately which means I haven’t been cooking a great deal.  (Remember when I ate out 6 out of 7 days in a week?!) And when I have been cooking, it’s been straight from recipes with minimal adaptations.  However, the stuff I have been making has been really tasty so I wanted to let you all in on the secret.

BBQ Beer Chicken from How Sweet It Is
Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken from How Sweet It Is served on pretzel rolls.  This makes a ton of chicken.  I actually packaged up about half this recipe and brought it to my friends Jennie and John who just had a new baby.  I also have some in the freezer to eat at a later time. (Photo Source: How Sweet It Is)

Creamy Tomato Soup from Eat Live Run which was, of course, paired with a warm and gooey grill ham and cheese.  This has become my go-to tomato soup recipe.  It’s so quick and easy to make.

Portobello Cheesesteaks from Back to Her Roots
Portobello Cheesesteaks from Back to Her Roots also served on pretzel rolls.  I’ve never had a true Philly Cheesesteak, but I would venture to guess these are an amazing veggie substitute. (Photo Source: Back to Her Roots)

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes from whisktogether over at Tasty Kitchen.

This Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Cooking Light with these substitutions from The Candid RD.  I did actually make one substitution of my own on this one, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  I had several bags of mozzarella on hand so I used that instead of the gruyere.  I love mozzarella, but it just doesn’t have a strong enough flavor for this recipe.  It was good, but there was much more squashiness than cheesiness.

I suggest you go and make all of these things as soon as possible.  In fact, I just made your meal plan for the week.  You’re welcome.

304. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Here’s my problem with three days weekends: they seriously throw off my internal calendar. I was already to post today’s Make It Monday…then it realized yesterday was Monday. Oh well, a day late and a dollar short, story of my life right?

While we were in Lake Geneva, I ordered a BBQ pulled pork sandwich from this place called Popeye’s. (Side note: I highly recommend Popeye’s if you’re in Lake Geneva. It was outstanding, and the shrimp and lobster bisque is so rich and creamy; it’s to die for.) This confused the boy since I’m constantly going on about how I don’t like pork. Well, here’s my dirty little secret. I don’t like pork unless it’s bacon, my dad’s ribs, or BBQ pulled pork. Of course, once my dirty little secret was out, I was charged with making pulled pork at home.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

adapted from Crockpot 365
makes approximately 15 servings | 8 points+ per serving

A great dish for a final summer get-together, serve these on homemade pretzel roll or sandwich thins for a delicious sandwich or over mixed greens for a light BBQ style salad.

3 ½ pound boneless pork shoulder
1 large onion, quartered
2 cup Ketchup
1 ½ cup water
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoon hot sauce, divided
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
¼ cup corn starch
½ cup water


1. Add pork shoulder and quartered onions to the crockpot.

2. Top with ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and ½ teaspoon hot sauce. Stir gentle to combine/ blend.

3. Cover and cook on low for about 10 – 12 hours.

4. About 1 hour before serving stir in remaining hot sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, and chili powder. Pork should begin to shred during stirring.

5. Combine corn starch with water and mix until dissolved. Slowly stir corn starch mixture into the crock pot. Cover and cook and additional 40 minutes to an hour. Sauce will thicken as it cooks.

6. Shred any remaining chunks of pork with spoon or large fork and serve.

Also, on Friday, I forgot to post my strength training schedule for this week. Better late than never, here we go:

Tuesday: CoreFusion – glutes and thighs (lower body)

Thursday: 10 Minute Solution: Target Toning for Beginners – Abs segment

Saturday: Upper Body from Smart Girls Do Dumbbells

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