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Easy Recipe: Slow-Cooker Citrus Pork (with quick-pickled red onions)


When I ask you all what kind of recipes you’d like to see more of, it never fails that slow-cooker Paleo recipes are what you want most.

Well, maybe second most, after treats. But you guys know I am only going to give you so many of those, right? After last week’s scones, I figured this week would be perfect for a slow cooked pork recipe that’s Paleo and 21DSD-friendly!

You know how sometimes when you’re out to eat you order a dish that completely blows you away?

You take one bite and think, “Ok, this definitely can’t be strict Paleo, it’s almost too good!” So you set out to research ingredients and make it your own…?  Well, that’s exactly what happened here – this is a simplified version of Cochinita Pibil that has also been adjusted to be 21-Day Sugar Detox-friendly. 

Cochinita Pibil is a traditional mexican recipe from the Yucatan Peninsula and literally means “buried suckling pig.” I’m pretty sure most of you aren’t going to attempt to bury a pig on a random weeknight to make this meal, so I’ve simplified it with cubed pork shoulder and a crockpot. The traditional recipe calls for wrapping the pork in banana leaves (which I’m guessing most of us don’t have easy access to), which is a step that’s skipped here to keep it very simplified. I’m sure the banana leaves impart a flavor that can’t really be replicated, but when you’re cooking at home, you do what you can! Also, there’s usually spice in the recipe called achiote. In my research I realized the purpose of the achiote in the recipe was less about actual flavor and more about color – which can be replicated with easier to find spices: paprika and turmeric. To keep it nightshade-free, omit the paprika.

To make this an even more simplified dinner after a busy day, prepare the marinade and pickled onions the night before and let the meat sit in the marinade overnight. Throw both the meat and marinade in the slow cooker before you head out for your day and have dinner ready when you walk in the door!

These would be excellent paired with Zenbelly’s plantain tortillas (and would be okay for the energy modification on the 21DSD) or wrapped up in a thicker leafy vegetable like collard greens (pictured). The quick-pickled red onions are the perfect topper with the mildly sweet and very tender pork and would be great on a burger or over sausage as well if you have any left over or want to make them another time. 

Easy Recipe: Slow-Cooker Citrus Pork

grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free • nut-free • 21DSD

Easy Recipe: Slow-Cooker Citrus Pork | Balancedbites.com

PREP TIME: 15 min
COOKING TIME: 6-8 hours
YIELD: 10 servings
NUTRITION INFO:  see below! Does not include optional garnishes/additions.


Easy Recipe: Slow-Cooker Citrus Pork | Balancedbites.com

serving suggestions:

Yes, you can enjoy this recipe while on The 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Slow Cooker Citrus Pork Nutrition Facts_Vertical

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