Friday, January 4, 2013

Food Friday: Slow Cooked Carnitas

Slow Cooked Carnitas

Photo from Wikipedia

I made these the other night and they were absolutely awesome.  Not only is this delicious & low-carb it's relatively inexpensive. 

1 Port Tenderloin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 large onion, cut in quarters
1 large avocado, halved, pitted & sliced
fresh cilantro 
1 sliced red bell peppers
Sour Cream
1 tomato, chopped
Low - Carb Wraps (recipe to follow)
Salsa (preferably low or no sugar)

1. Mix salt, pepper & oregano together in small bowl then rub into pork tenderloin.

2. Place pork tenderloin in bowl of slow cooker.

3. Place onion pieces on to of pork. Cover slow cooker and cook pork on low setting until meat is very tender and falling apart, minimum of 6 hours can cook up to 10 hours.

4. Transfer pork to cutting board. Discard onion pieces. Shred pork.

5. Toss avocado slices in a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

6. Wrap low-carb tortillas in damp paper towel; microwave until warm, 30 seconds at a time. Do not overheat or wraps will start to go hard.

7. Place shredded pork in center of wrap, top with sliced avocado, red pepper, tomato, fresh cilantro, salsa & sour cream.  Wrap and devour!

Yes you cook the tenderloin dry - don't worry it produces it's own juice.  This smells absolutely amazing when cooking.  Put in the crock pot in the morning and the house will smell amazing when you come home.   At first I thought this was going to be bland - I couldn't have been more wrong.  This is surprisingly delicious!  Even my little grandson inhaled it.

Low-Carb Wrap

1 cup egg substitute
1 1/2 tablespoons flax seed meal (I prefer golden)
1 level tablespoon coconut flour

Heat crepe pan on low-medium. Spray with cooking spray. Pour a thin layer of batter into the pan. Tilt the pan and swirl so that the mixture covers the entire surface. Cook until the edges start to curl. Flip and continue cooking for another 20-30 seconds. Remove from heat and let cool. Not sure how many you will get as it all depends on the pan size you use.  I have made everything from minis to extra large.  I need to get a 10" pan so I can make normal size wraps.  These are very easy to over cook so make sure you watch. If you dry them out too much they won't wrap without cracking.

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