Gerilyn, Coach G, facilitates flourishing by helping women find themselves and create vibrantly healthy lives they adore. This usually involves lots of butter, fun, and butterfly challenges because food, love, and life are exquisitely delicious and every moment deserves savoring. Catch her here at the gym or at her website for more sunshine!
Recipe of the Month-Orange Cinnamon Spice Carnitas
Not much beats carnitas. And guac. And cloves. And eyes popping out of your face from the party that just exploded in your mouth.
Anyway, for this month’s meal of goodness, whip out your crock pot and get ready to roll! I love this dish because you can set it, forget it, and pretend like you “tried.” 🙂 I can’t take credit for this recipe because my lovely Mexican BFF created it, but it is oh, so divine!
Plus it helps you easily get in all your protein and fat. Win, win.
Orange Cinnamon Spice Carnitas:
1 Pork Tenderloin
4 Whole Cloves
4-6 Garlic Cloves, smashed
1 cinnamon stick
3-6 chiles in adobo sauce
2 c orange juice, (freshly squeezed always preferred)
2 c agua
You’ll find the chiles in adobo sauce in the ethnic food section. Try to get ones without “natural flavoring,” canola oil, or any added nastiness.
First, prepare the pork. Cut 1-2″ slits randomly around the pork and insert the smashed garlic cloves. If you have spare short cinnamon sticks, stick these in here too. Salt and pepper the pork. Yum! Put the pork in the crock pot and turn it on high. If there is a fat cap, i.e., a side of white on the meat, place this on top.
In your blender or food chopping device, blend the orange juice, chiles, cinnamon, and cloves until smooth. Pour over the tenderloin and fahgettaboudit for 8 hours. You can stop here, or turn on low for another 2-4 hours until dinner. It should fall apart like in the photo. Make sure to pour the juice on top of the pork on your plate. Mmmm, mmmm, eyes rolling good.
Serve with guac, pico de gallo, and/or white rice alone or as tacos.
2 avocados, cubed
1/4 c red onion, diced
1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed, and chopped
1 lime, juiced
1-2 Tbsp. EVOO
Mix everything in a bowl and try not to eat all of it before dinner.
You’ll want to go shake your lovely lady hips salsa dancing afterwards, which is a totally acceptable form of cardio. Invite me when you go!
Gerilyn, Coach G, helps women flourish by creating vibrantly healthy lives they LOVE.
This usually involves lots of butter because food, love, and life are exquisitely delicious and every moment deserves savoring. Catch her here at the gym or at her website www.GerilynBurnett.com for more sunshine!