I won’t call this a recipe. But, it was good. An easy weeknight dinner. This is truly what eating paleo is about: meat plus veggies. So, not a recipe, but some guidance for how to make a weeknight paleo meal that is really easy. On a side note, the picture has 2 lettuce wraps. Please understand that I ate 6, maybe 7. Paleo is not about calorie counting or watching portions. That takes care of itself. You eat when you are hungry. I was hungry.
We used Boston Head Lettuce for our lettuce wraps, because it is our favorite. But romaine or even iceburg work well. Ideas for lettuce wrap fillings: lunchmeat (use lettuce instead of the bread), Asian style chicken or shrimp (think P.F. Chang’s), Mexican filled instead of taco shells, BLT’s (use bacon, tomato and avocado), or Greek seasoned beef/lamb with lemon/olive oil/kalamata olives and feta. You are only limited by your imagination. Hot fillings taste really good inside the crunchy, cold lettuce.
Check the ingredients in your sausages, some have gluten. Trader Joe’s has an amazing selection of different flavors that are all precooked, so you only have to saute them to warm them up. It makes for an easy weeknight salad, soup or egg scramble. I found these sausages at Local Harvest, it was an Apple Cinnamon flavor, locally farmed. (Yum!)
Sausage Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps
1. Cook sausages according to directions.
2. Saute sweet potato in the coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Rinse lettuce and separate leaves onto a serving plate.
4. Fill lettuce leaves and eat!
Today has been a rough day with the boy. There were sweet highs and really low lows today. We will blame it on the early Easter candy he has gotten into. He can be just as sweet and funny as any kid. Then I realize that his NEW shorts are hanging off because he CUT OUT the resizable elastic band on the inside. For an end to the day, he wrote his name in PERMANENT marker on the table. It is a pretty new table, from Pottery Barn, that I waited 3 years to buy. It is just up and to the left of the beautiful dinner arrangement I photographed tonight. For obvious reasons I cropped it out of the photo. There are 300 markers in this house and only 1 is permanent, but the odds are 100% of something like this happening.
This is a keeper recipe! I had pinned this (http://purelyprimal.com/2011/08/15/margarita-pork-chops/) recipe on Pinterest a while ago. A few modifications and a Crockpot later, and it was one of the highlights to this very trying day! At least when I walked in after Crossfit, the house smelled amazing and it felt good knowing dinner was ready!
Margarita Pork Shoulder in the Crockpot
1. Grease crockpot with coconut oil or olive oil for easy cleanup later.
2. Put pork shoulder in crockpot and rub with all the spices.
3. Use enough stock/broth to fill up to your crockpot “fill line.”
4. I cooked mine on high for 6 hours.
5. Using 2 forks, shred the pork shoulder.
6. Serve with limes, avocado, cilantro. I made mine into lettuce wraps.