Healthy Holiday Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork

Dec 3 2015
This holiday-ready recipe is a five-ingredient wonder, combining the flavor of winter holidays with the fun of summertime barbeque! Perfect any day of the year...

Holiday Recipe: Healthy Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pulled Pork

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1/6th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 234 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 287mg sodium, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 23g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 6*

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

Ingredients:

1/4 cup spicy brown mustard

12 oz. raw lean boneless pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat

12 oz. raw boneless pork shoulder (the leanest piece you can find), trimmed of excess fat

2 cups roughly chopped onion

1 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Seasonings: garlic powder, salt, and black pepper

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine mustard with 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Add 2 tsp. water, and mix well.

Add both kinds of pork to the slow cooker, and season with 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper.

Top with onion, cranberries, and mustard mixture.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until pork is cooked through.

Transfer pork to a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the meat in place and one to scrape across and shred it.

Return shredded pork to the slow cooker, and mix well.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

HG Serving Suggestions

It was love at first bite when we tasted this recipe, and we discovered roughly a zillion ways to enjoy it. Here are our top five...

In lettuce cups: See that beauteous photo above? Exactly. Just spoon a serving of the pork into 3 round lettuce leaves; iceberg and butter lettuce work perfectly.

In a high-fiber tortilla: For a yummy lunch wrap, start with a high-fiber tortilla with 110 calories or less -- the 80-calorie La Tortilla Factory tortillas are our top pick. Add a little shredded lettuce for crunch, roll it all up, and you're good to go.

In a sweet-potato shell: Ready to have your mind blown? Pierce an 8-oz. sweet potato a few times with a fork, and then nuke it for 5 minutes, or until soft. Slice it in half, scoop out most of the insides, and stuff the halves with the cranberry pork. So good, and the halved shell itself adds only around 90 calories!

On a salad: With the sweet 'n saucy pork, you don't even need dressing. Try it with chopped romaine, sliced seedless cucumber, and grape tomatoes. So much yum!

In steamed cabbage leaves: Classic stuffed cabbage is filled with savory meat and sweet sauce, and it rocks... So it stands to reason that this sweet 'n savory pork would also rock wrapped in cabbage! Steam a few leaves in the microwave, or cook half a cabbage head in a slow cooker. Wrap it up, and devour...

Chew on this:

Today, December 3rd, is Make a Gift Day. How about printing today's recipe and packaging it with a bag of sweetened dried cranberries and a bottle of spicy brown mustard? That's one gift we'd love to receive...

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