Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist

Pulled pork is so incredibly awesome, my family loves it! The only problem is that when I’m out of homemade barbeque sauce, most of the options at the store contain high fructose corn syrup, something I try to stay away from. So instead of BBQ pulled pork, I add a special CITRUS TWIST to ours, and it is incredible! We hope you enjoy this Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist as much as we do!

Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist
Serves 4
An amazing citrus twist on pulled pork.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
For the Meat
  1. 1 pork tenderloin
  2. 1 cup fresh orange juice (clementines or mandarins are acceptable substitutes)
  3. 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  4. OPTIONAL 1 tsp adobo sauce - this will add a kick to the dish, only emphasizing the amazing citrus flavor
For the Sauce
  1. 1 12oz can black beans, mushed in a food processor or blender
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice (again, clementine or mandarin juice is good too)
  3. OPTIONAL 1 tsp adobo sauce (or 1/2 tsp adobo spice)
  4. 1 tsp fresh copped thyme
For Serving
  1. Corn tortillas (to make this a gluten free meal)
  2. Sandwich rolls, such as potato rolls (will not be gluten free)
For the Meat
  1. Cut any fat off the pork loin, chop into chunks, place in crock pot or in pot for the stove.
  2. Juice oranges for 1 cup of juice (about 3-4 oranges).
  3. Chop fresh thyme, 1 tbsp needed.
  4. Add fresh orange juice, thyme, and adobo sauce (OPTIONAL) to the crock pot or regular pot that already contains the pork loin. Add water to cover the meat.
  5. For crock pot, set to cook as usual, low setting if cooking all day, higher setting if cooking faster.
  6. For stove, place pot over low heat, cover, and let simmer (checking water level & stirring occasionally) for about 4-4.5 hours.
For the Sauce
  1. Put entire contents of black beans can in food processor to create a mush (consistency of refried beans).
  2. Scoop black beans into a bowl, add orange juice, thyme and adobo (optional). Mix well.
Meal Completion
  1. Once the pork is done it should fall apart when poked with a fork. Remove pork from water mixture, toss water mixture. Pull the pork apart with 2 forks, this should be easy and should look like the pork in a regular barbeque pulled pork sandwich.
  2. Add the sauce to the pork. Stir well. Put entire mixture back on the stove over medium heat for about 5 minutes, just long enough to heat the sauce up.
  3. Serve on corn tortillas (gluten free) or sandwich rolls (not gluten free) with extra slices of orange or slices of lime. Enjoy!
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce

This recipe is for incredibly hot adobo sauce. This sauce can be canned for use later or used right away. This is one of those sauces that you actually need to warn people about, as just the tiniest amount can set off a spicy sensation that a gallon of water is unable to quell!

Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce
HOT HOT HOT! Adobo sauce to spice up any dish!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small 7oz can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  2. 1/2 cup orange or mandarin juice (I prefer to juice it myself to ensure ample flavor)
  3. 1 1/2 cloves garlic, sliced
  4. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (using a citrus juicer is best, takes about 3 small limes)
  5. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Put in blender or food processor until everything is liquified. You're done! See notes for canning instructions.
Notes
  1. When canning this sauce, place it in a pot on the stove and heat, stirring often. While heating the adobo sauce you should also be prepping/preheating your jars and lids for canning. Once the adobo sauce is hot (generally about 10 minutes on medium heat, with stirring), transfer to jars leaving about 1/2 inch head space. Put lids and rings on jars, place in hot water bath, water 1 inch over jar lids, for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn heat off and leave jars in water for 5 minutes. Remove jars and place on countertop. You will hear a "pop" as each jar seals. After about 30 minutes, if any of the jars have not sealed, repeat the process... you may need to use a new lid if the previous one did not seal properly (the lids are what actually seal to the jar, if the rubber has a flaw it may not work).
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Cornbread without Cornmeal

Cornbread is a fantastically versatile side dish that my family loves! Unfortunately, I rarely keep cornmeal on hand. This is a recipe for simple cornbread without needing any cornmeal! It’s a great recipe and super easy to make. Enjoy!

Cornbread without Cornmeal
Gluten free cornbread recipe that uses no cornmeal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups corn masa flour
  2. 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. sugar (to taste, depending on how sweet you want your bread, we do maybe 1 tsp in ours)
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 1/2 cups milk
  8. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine corn masa flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs, combine with milk and melted butter.
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix until batter is thick. This batter is very thick and must be mixed well to ensure no pockets of flour remain.
  5. Grease an 8×8 pan (I use a glass one and I grease with 100% olive oil cooking spray). Spoon batter into pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. When the cornbread is done, the sides and top should be slightly browned and a knife or toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center.
Notes
  1. To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure the 1/2 cup flour you use has no gluten. There are several good brands out there that are gluten free.
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Yeah cornbread!

I just plain love cornbread. I really do. I like it with a spaghetti type dish (or zoodles), I like it with beef, I like it with pulled pork. I just really, really love it. Sometimes, for food aversion or allergy reasons, we need to make dishes without certain ingredients. Or maybe we just don’t have the particular ingredients required in the pantry. Whatever, the reason, I didn’t have cornmeal and I wanted cornbread. So I made some and it came out better than most other cornbreads I have made in the past. It’s awesome!

Apple Bacon Chicken

This is a recipe for gluten free apple bacon chicken is something I came up with after talking with my family about different flavors they would like to try in our dinners. The dish turned out great and the entire family loved it!

Apple Bacon Chicken
Serves 4
A great fall dish, the apple and bacon flavor will fill your house with the scents of the season!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup apple juice – this is best if juiced from fresh apples (takes about 3 medium sized apples)
  2. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/2 lb bacon
  4. 2 medium sized apples
  5. 1/2 large sweet onion
  6. 4 chicken breasts, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Make apple juice if being done by hand. For 1 cup of juice, I usually need 3 medium sized apples
  2. Fry up bacon (save a little grease)
  3. Cube 2 medium sized apples
  4. Heat leftover bacon grease (about a tbsp) in large skillet. Add chicken and brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.
  5. Add apple juice, red wine vinegar, apples, onions and bacon. Cover and simmer, stirring often until chicken is done, approximately 20-30 minutes (see note) or until no longer pink on the inside.
  6. Serve on its own or over brown rice, scooping sauce onto the dish.
Notes
  1. When simmering, the longer you simmer your mixture, the more tender the chicken will be.
  2. Though any apples will do for this recipe, if you prefer a more tart flavor, use Granny Smith, and go with red apples for a more sweet flavor.
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Taco Dinner

This is a wonderfully simple taco dinner that our kids love! I make fresh taco seasoning, gluten free, for this recipe. The information on my fresh taco seasoning can be found here.

Taco Dinner
Simple taco dinner.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Lean ground beef, 1-2 pounds depending on how many people
  2. Taco seasoning
  3. Lettuce
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Cheese
  6. Hot sauce or salsa
  7. Sour cream
  8. Taco shells or soft corn tortillas, make sure they’re gluten free
Instructions
  1. Chop lettuce small, dice tomatoes, put other ingredients in bowls, ready to serve (quick and easy!).
  2. Brown ground beef, adding taco seasoning.
  3. Serve it all up!
Notes
  1. Gluten can be in spices and seasonings, so always check.
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This taco dinner is great for… TACO TUESDAYS!

We’ve all heard the phrase “Taco Tuesdays” before, but this recipe brings it to fruition! A fantastically easy recipe, absolutely delicious!
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Fresh Taco Seasoning

This recipe for gluten free, fresh taco seasoning is one I came up with to ensure our taco seasoning was full of fresh vegetables instead of just a dried mix of spices. While I realize fresh seasoning can’t be stored long (use it the same day you make it for the best taste), it is worth the extra effort as it tastes amazing!

Fresh Taco Seasoning
Amazingly delicious taco seasoning made fresh!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp dried oregano
  2. 1 tsp ground cumin
  3. 1 tsp sugar (OPTIONAL)
  4. 1 habanero chile (maybe more, maybe less depending on your taste for hot!)
  5. 1/2 red pepper
  6. 1/2 sweet onion
  7. 1 clove garlic
Instructions
  1. Combine dried ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mince habanero chile (see note below) and garlic clove. Chop red pepper and sweet onion. Add to dry ingredients and mix.
  3. At this point, you are finished making the fresh taco seasoning and can put the mixture in the refrigerator to pull out at taco time.
Notes
  1. Taco Time! Once your taco meat has been browned on the stove, add the bowl of taco seasoning and continue stirring until the onions are thoroughly cooked. This will ensure all the flavors of the taco seasoning are fully integrated into the meat.
  2. Habanero chiles can be HOT and do come in a variety of sizes. I always taste a small piece of the ones I’m going to use prior to determining how much to add to a recipe.
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Why make taco seasoning from fresh veggies when I can just buy a packet of it?

Why? Because this is way better!!! Not only does it not contain any added sugar or preservatives, it just really tastes better than the taco seasoning packets. We always try to aim to use the freshest ingredients possible, especially when it comes to creating something like taco seasoning. I have found that some packets of seasonings contain ingredients that I can’t even come close to being able to pronounce, and if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to feed it to my family. I can, however, pronounce “onion” and “pepper,” so those are approved ingredients!

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Gluten Free Breakfast Tacos

These are awesome gluten free breakfast tacos! Breakfast tacos are quick and easy to make and a great fill-you-up meal each morning! This recipe is simple and only takes a few minutes.

Gluten Free Breakfast Tacos
Quick and easy gluten free breakfast tacos
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. corn tortillas (make sure they're 100% gluten free)
  2. salsa (I use a mixture of sweet salsa and adobo sauce, but any gluten free salsa can be used)
  3. shredded cheddar
  4. 2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
Instructions
  1. Lay out however many corn tortillas you will need.
  2. Lay out shredded cheddar in the center of each corn tortilla.
  3. Spoon salsa on top of cheese. For this step, I try to get only the chunks from the salsa with as little juice as possible. If you have too much juice, the tortillas will get soggy and fall apart.
  4. Microwave corn tortillas to melt all the cheese. This generally takes between 30 and 45 seconds. While microwaving the tortillas, scramble your eggs or egg substitute, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add your eggs to your tortillas and you've got breakfast tacos!
Adapted from Eating Well
Adapted from Eating Well
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Yep, delicious breakfast tacos that are totally gluten free!

This recipe is pretty simple and it’s awesome for those who have wheat allergies or those who just can’t eat too much wheat without feeling ill effects. This recipe can be modified to add any toppings you want. Sometimes, just feeling like you’re eating a taco is a great way to start the day!

On the days I’m really hungry, I add a little ground turkey to the mix, along with some chopped up bell peppers. Makes for a deliciously filling breakfast!

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