April 20, 2011

Easy Weeknight Paleo CrockPot Recipe: Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps

One of the things I missed most when I first went Paleo was the ability to throw a chunk of meat in the crock pot, cover it in sauce, serve in on a freshly baked roll and call it dinner.  Most pre-made sauces are loaded with sugar and since I no longer eat anything on a bun, my crockpot gathered a bit of dust while I transitioned.  But when I rediscovered my love for lettuce wraps (HOLY MOSES those are good!) I busted out my crockpot again and sang love songs to it because it makes my weeknight life so much easier. 

After a few trials and tribulations, and some super disgusting dinners (which, HELLO, seem like an extra betrayal when they happen in the crockpot because you come home expecting dinner to be ready only to find out that you have to figure out a Plan B!)  I finally came up with a a combo of yummy flavors that has found its way into the regular rotation in our kitchen.  And a bonus, it gets Garrett to eat pork with a smile!  Although you could certainly substitute chicken in this dish and get great results.  

Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps  

For the chunk of meat
2-3 lbs of pork shoulder or any type of pork roast (or this would be super good with chicken thighs or chicken breasts)
Liberally salt and pepper and if you're feeling really crazy throw in 3-4 smashed whole garlic cloves.  If you don't feel crazy, just sprinkle on some garlic powder

For the sauce
Mix all of the following:
4 TBS Coconut Aminos (or Soy Sauce if that's your bag)
2 TBS Almond Butter  (Peanut Butter would be fine too)
1 TBS Honey  (I eyeball it)
2 TBS Vinegar (I've used a bunch of different ones, just to get some acid in there)
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 TBS Sriracha (or more if you are real spicy)
1/2 tsp of Black Pepper
1 TBS minced ginger  (dude, I totally used the jarred stuff sometimes, go for it!)

Recipe Steps
1.  Put prepared chunk of meat in crockpot
2.  Pour sauce over it
3.  Resist the urge to add more liquid (you will want to, don't you worry you don't have to)
4.  Set and forget  (well for about 4-6 hours at least on your low setting)

THIS, internet, is how I like my crock pot recipes.  Short, sweet and tasty!

When it is done cooking shred with a fork and serve atop your favorite lettuce and add the garnish of your choice.  Because I am usually lazy on the weeknights, I throw on some pre-shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw and slice up a bell pepper for some color and call it a day.  You could do any toppings you want -- chopped peanuts, jicama, cilantro, shredded carrots.  And Garrett says don't forget the extra hot sauce!  But that guy is crazy for heat, so take his advice with a grain of salt (and a glass of water!) 



Caveman Home Companion said...

I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes and this one looks wonderful!

Patty said...

Hi Holly! just wanted to thank you for sharing this on Chowstalker, and hope to see more from you soon. How exciting to read that Paleo eating has been so good to you! :-)

Jessica said...

That sounds SO GOOD. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to make it, because every hunk of pork that comes near our house MUST go in my husband's smoker, but maybe he can glaze the pork before smoking it? Or maybe smoke the meat, then let it sit in the crockpot for an hour or so to meld with the sauce?

Kellyology said...

I am super dependent on my crockpot, and this recipe sounds delicious. I'm totally printing it out. Thanks for sharing!

Salinger mamma said...

ooohhh...gonna have to try this one for sure! Sounds delicious. Love my crockpot and love Thai peanut sauce, which the ingredient list reminds me of. Thanks.

Greycat said...

I made this and it was freakin' amazing!!! (I got the link thru http://www.thefoodee.com/) I subbed sweet chili sauce for the honey, though - but it made it even spicier. Thanks so much!

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