Mexican Pork Carnitas Bowls

When I’m bored I cook.

When I’m stressed I cook.

When I’m wanting to rest my mind, I experiment with recipes. 👩🏻‍🍳

Well, I’ve been laying around the house for three weeks after surgery hardly able to move. So today, I can finally get up and move more freely able to do a little more, and use my arms. I’ve been so stir crazy I felt I should cook. I mean really cook. I mean like cook all day into the night cook. (Presently, I have a bowl of potato salad in the fridge that could feed an army.) We’re empty-nesters, there’s only two of us. Yep, I made enough food for an army today ha!

We usually shop at ALDI, so I tried to use up items we already had on hand.

One item we have really enjoyed are these packages of pork carnitas from ALDI. You just place them in the microwave, so they’re so easy to use. I usually shred the meat after I heat it.

Here’s the microwaveable package from ALDI.

I mean this was a really yummy meal with great flavor.

Here’s the ingredients:

1 pkg pork carnitas from Aldi.

Romaine lettuce, chili beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, sweet onions, rice, bell peppers, butter, olive oil, taco seasoning, avocado, salsa, Catalina salad dressing…really just anything else you want in your bowl.

I made mine different from my husband’s to try to be more “keto friendly” so I didn’t add the rice, beans nor the salad dressing. I also substituted the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Instructions:

First, I thinly sliced bell peppers and onions and sprinkled them with the taco seasoning, then grilled them in olive oil and unsalted butter. These added the best flavor to our bowls! Do this step!

Yum!

Then, I heated up my Package of Carnitas as well as the chili beans and I just begin preparing my bowl with all the items listed above.

For our salsa recipe go here:

https://thentherestwo.com/2017/01/12/easy-salsa-recipe/

Quick, Cheesy, Vegetable Casserol

I realized my husband was coming home soon and I hadn’t finished (or even started) cooking dinner,🤦🏼‍♀️ so I quickly ran to look for things. I had steaks for the grill but needed a vegetable side dish.

In the freezer, I found some cauliflower that I had forgotten about. I had quickly chopped then threw it in the freezer as we had to leave for Georgia when we heard our first grandbaby was coming!

I had just bought a bunch of groceries, so I quickly cooked up a lot of things and froze the rest. I also found some fresh broccoli and half a jar of Cheeze Whiz, ricotta and whipping cream from previous dinners. So, away I went creating something quick while trying to use up all these items so they wouldn’t go to waste. I hate waste, don’t you?

Anyhow, it ended up being so delicious we kept going back for more. (And my husband usually won’t eat cauliflower.) One of the yummiest, quickest vegetable dishes I’ve ever made quite honestly.

Hope you can whip it up as quick as I did. 🌪 Or get your kids to eat it by making it taste like mac n cheese ha! 👍🏼

Feel free to substitute some ingredients!

Ingredients:

1 small head of cauliflower

1/2 head of broccoli

1/2 small jar of Cheese Whiz

1/2 C shredded sharp cheese

1/4 C ricotta cheese

1/2 C heavy cream

Seasonings to taste:

garlic powder

onion powder

black pepper

smoked paprika

croutons, seasoned breadcrumbs or herbed stuffing (like I had leftover from last Thanksgiving. ) 😳

2 pads of butter

Instructions:

Boil veggies 🥦 till tender but not mushy. Drain, then add to a deep pan. (Use something you can later transfer to the oven.)

Over medium heat, Stir in the Cheeze Whiz, cream, and spices to taste.

*Remember the Cheeze Whiz is mighty salty already so watch how much extra seasoning you add!

You may have to soften some of this in the microwave before adding to your vegetable pan.

But hold back the shredded cheese for later. 🤚🏼

Gently mix everything together so as not to break up the tender veggies.

Now top with your croutons or stuffing 😁 and the shredded cheese.

Lastly, add your pads of butter and place in the oven broiling till slightly brown.

*Be careful to set a 5 min timer ⏱ or you might burn it like I do most things when I quickly want to “brown” something! 🔥🤦🏻‍♀️

NOTE: This can be keto friendly by shredding your own cheese and omitting the croutons.

Enjoy!