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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Recipe? Perfect Timing!

It’s been in the high 90s at our house for a few weeks and we don’t have air conditioning. When it’s that hot I do not want to turn on my oven. I do not want to stand over a hot stove. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I have the energy to think about eating because the heat just wears me out! Here’s a quick and delicious way to cook dinner without heating up the house. And clean up is super quick so you can eat and get back in the pool!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I saw a recipe online for pulled pork that required 7 HOURS of cooking in the oven!! Heck no, I’m not turning my oven on that long. You can still get a tender pulled pork in your slow cooker using my recipe. This recipe calls for a 4 lb pork shoulder roast or pork butt (I buy these in bulk at Costco). You could also easily double this recipe if you’re serving more or if you want to freeze half of the cooked meat for another meal.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

I wrap my pork in foil to keep the juices contained as much as possible for moist meat!

Tangy Cabbage Slaw

You could buy one of those bags of pre-cut cole slaw mix but cutting your own cabbage is so cheap and easy. And using fresh cabbage really gives your slaw a great crunch! Consider using some purple cabbage to add color to your slaw. I cut my cabbage on the thicker side with a long bread knife but you can cut it however you wish.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

I picked up these yummy buns in the bakery section of the grocery store. They are heartier than packaged hamburger buns so the bread doesn’t get too soggy when you add the juicy pork and slaw. Serve these sandwiches with a helping of BBQ potato chips and corn on the cob and that’s a tasty meal you don’t have to slave over the hot oven for!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Slaw

Ingredients

  • 4 lb pork shoulder roast or pork butt
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 4 buns, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced (I used a mix of colors)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Milk, as needed

Instructions

  1. Remove pork from packaging and pat dry. In a medium bowl, mix dry spice ingredients. Add pork and rub on the mixture until pork is covered. Wrap pork tightly inside a sheet of heavy aluminum foil. Place the pork inside the slow cooker then add sliced onions all around inside. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.
  2. When done, use a baster or a measuring cup to carefully remove 1 cup of liquid from the slow cooker and add to a large bowl. Mix in 2 cups of barbecue sauce and combine with the liquid. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and add to the bowl.
  3. Carefully remove the roast from the foil while it's inside the slow cooker and discard foil. Transfer the meat to the bowl with the liquid and onions. Use two large forks to shred the pork with the juices and cooked onions until completely torn apart.
  4. For slaw, use a large bowl to whisk together vinegar, mayo, yogurt, salt and pepper. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until mixture is a good consistency and not lumpy. Add sliced cabbage and chopped red onion, combining with two large spoons until all cabbage is coated with sauce.
  5. Top bottom bun with pork, add a generous portion of slaw and top with bun. You might have to eat this with a fork and knife (that's what I do!)
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Our holiday leftovers are gone and we’re moving into a busy time of year. With two birthdays, several Christmas parties, decorating, wrapping, cooking and crafting along with our favorite holiday traditions all squeezed into the month of December, we have a lot on our plate! On those days when we have lots of other activities going on, it’s nice to have dinner items ready on hand that can be easily popped into the oven and ready to serve.

After Thanksgiving, I still had a huge bag of gold potatoes. Well, my family never gets tired of having mashed potatoes, so I whipped up an extra batch of them and put them in a casserole dish, ready to heat up in the oven during the week. Buttery potatoes, mixed up with cream cheese to make them even more creamy and then topped with sharp cheddar cheese for that extra “zing”. This is an easy, but decadent accompaniment that goes perfectly with chicken pot pie!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Marie Callender’s pot pies at Walmart…quick, easy and budget-friendly!

I stopped by Walmart earlier this week and picked up a Marie Callender’s pot pie for each of us. They were displayed in three places, an end-cap freezer, the main freezer aisle and the Family Size was with other large frozen dinners. I bought three chicken and one beef, just to be different! I already had the potatoes done, just needed to warm them up and set on the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese on top. Mmmm…it was a homey dinner we all appreciated on a chilly night. Marie Callender’s pot pies are warm, filling and taste like homemade.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

We all enjoyed our individual pot pie and delicious potatoes before heading out to walk through our neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. It’s an annual tradition. We were warmed inside out with our satisfying dinner! Here’s how I prepared them.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Aluminum foil strips prevent the crust from burning.

Marie Callender’s pot pies have a delicate golden, flaky crust so I crimped together two strips of aluminum foil and curved them around the edges of the pie to protect the edges. My kids loved having their own pie to themselves but you can also purchase the Family Size that is convenient for serving to guests.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Perfectly golden and flaky crusts!

I enjoy entertaining but don’t always have the time (or money) for large, extravagant meals. The Marie Callender’s Pot Pies are fast, tasty and reasonably priced for serving to guests. Make sure to check out the rebates available right now for the 10 oz or 16 oz size as well as the Family Size.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Serving Marie Callender’s Pot Pies at a family gathering is a great way to share a delicious meal and not spend a ton of time in the kitchen when you could be socializing. Having the Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes prepared ahead of time means you only have to pop the casserole into the oven when guests arrive. Later this month I’ll have guests over for a holiday crafting party and I know just what to serve for dinner!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Broiled cheese send these potatoes over the top!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

Ingredients

  • Gold potatoes, approximately 8. Scrubbed, peeled and quartered
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • Milk
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil potatoes until tender.
  2. Melt butter and cream cheese in a pot over low heat.
  3. Add cooked potatoes and mash, keeping heat low to prevent lumps. Mash potatoes until completely broken apart.
  4. Add seasoned salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle milk into potatoes and mash. Continue to add milk until desired creaminess.
  6. Spoon potatoes into medium casserole dish. Can refrigerate until ready to cook.
  7. If preparing dish straight from the fridge, heat at 350 degrees about 30 minutes, until potatoes are warmed. If preparing dish while potatoes are freshly prepared, skip the warming step.
  8. Sprinkle top of hot potatoes with cheese and set under the oven broiler on high for 3 minutes (check constantly to make sure it does not burn). Cheese should brown and bubble.
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What side dish would you serve with your Marie Callender’s Pot Pie? Check out these meal ideas!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for Easy Entertaining

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Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

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Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

My family eats almost all of our meals at home and dinners are always eaten together. Television is off and we gather around to share our day with each other. Everyone participates in setting the table, preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

We dress the table each night with fabric place mats and cloth napkins that I’ve made (tutorial here). Sometimes we light a candle for ambiance. It feels good to eat at home and to share our day around the dinner table but sometimes we need a little “refresh”. I will admit that my kids do get bored with some of the same meals since we tend to serve the same stand-by dishes when time and money is tight.

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

Now that I’m home more often I’ve been inspired by cookbooks at the library and have had the time to expand on our repertoire to the delight of the family…Ooh, butternut squash & spinach lasagna one night, homemade pizza the next!

However nothing brightened their day more than when I served dinner last week alongside a big pitcher of Lipton Iced Tea with dinner!

“There’s tea at the table!”, yelled one of the kids and I’m not kidding, they all came running!

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

A lovely table setting and Lipton Iced Tea for dinner (shirts optional!)

Most of the time each child receives either a small glass of milk or water with their meal, so Lipton Iced Tea was a big-time treat. I was happy to be able to serve them something special after a long week and Lipton Iced Tea is also a healthier choice than soda. It was definitely a complement alongside our ground turkey and pasta and was an extremely refreshing beverage.

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

I picked up Lipton Iced Tea in a 100 count box from Albertsons. So easy to make (the recipe is on their website) You can find the 100 count Lipton tea bags in the tea section and they can be served iced or hot. I served our Lipton Iced tea with a squeeze of lemon and agave sweetener but next time I think I’ll add some frozen berries for a flavor twist!

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad

Albertsons and Safeway stores are currently running their Stock Up Sale (from Sept 30th through Oct 13th) 9/30-10/13) and have Lipton Iced Tea 100 count as part of the promotion. This is a great deal and a great way to make every dinner feel special, without breaking the bank!

 

Refresh Dinnertime with Lipton Iced Tea #StockUpOnLipton #Albertsons #ad


How do you “refresh” your dinner when the family gets bored with the same old thing? Please share in the comments!

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Eat at Home and Save – Slow-Cooker Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}

My husband and son love beans. Just a simple bowl of beans with maybe a hot buttered tortilla or a chunk of cornbread and they are in heaven.

Me…well, not so much. I don’t really care for beans so imagine when I saw my husband lugging a 15 lb sack of dried pintos home from Costco the other day!

But they are a wonderful source of fiber and are very filling. Important on the budget…they are cheap!And they are easier than you’d think to prepare at home, especially when I used my slow-cooker this time.

In the past beans would take me all day to make and I hated having to babysit the pot to make sure they didn’t boil over. I knew I wanted to try cooking them in a slow-cooker instead. I found a few recipes on Pinterest and tweaked them to suit our needs and came up with a pot of beans that my husband and his uncle were raving about. I think they may have eaten half the pot in one sitting…good thing I doubled the batch! My husband is very picky about what he eats and how food is prepared so believe me, I was beaming that I was able to prepare them well. I even had myself a little bowl, seasoned with a little salt and pepper and you know what, they were good!

This recipe can easily be doubled. You might as well double it, then take half and freeze it in a quart-sized bag to defrost for another meal.


You’ll have to soften the beans first with either a quick soak or an overnight soak.

Quick Soak –

2 cups of pinto beans (picked through first for debris). Boil in 6 cups of water (uncovered). Allow to boil for two minutes then turn off the flame and allow to soak (covered) for one hour.

Overnight Soak –

Soak 2 cups of beans with water about 2″ above the beans overnight. Drain.


RECIPE – Slowcooker Pinto Beans (single recipe, very easy to double) –

1/2 white onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 tablespoons butter until soft.

Pour presoaked beans and 5 cups of water into crock pot. Add 1 can chicken broth. Add onion and melted butter. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic. Give it a stir, put on the lid and cook low for 7-9 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Don’t lift the lid…there is no need to stir.

Remember that a slowcooker will retain all the water and moisture so if you want to drain off any of the liquid after cooking you can. We keep it however, since the leftover beans will take on some of that liquid and you don’t want the beans to dry out in the fridge.

Season simply with salt and pepper before serving. My family eats their bowl of beans with a sprinkling of cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  My husband will often add green chilies. He has been using his leftovers to make refried beans, mashing them a bit over a low flame and adding a bit of milk to make them creamy. I’ve been known to add a ham hock to the pot while the beans cook so that the meat falls off the bone into the beans which is pretty darned tasty. Hope you’ll give them a try, beans make quite a versatile meal. And best of all, cheap!

Crock Pot Pinto Beans...cheap & easy! {Saving up for Disney}


Handy Links:

Livestrong – Are Pinto Beans Healthy?

WebMD – Beans: Protein-Rich Superfoods

Pinterest – Recipes using Pinto Beans

Eat at Home and Save – DIY Recipe- Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad recipe {www.savingupfordisney}

Occasionally we like to take the family to a local all-you-care-to-eat salad and soup buffet. However if we don’t have a coupon, that kind of meal could end up costing us over $30 just for food (no beverages). Even with a coupon it’s still around $20. This homemade pasta meal probably only costs me around $5 to make…and we have leftovers!

Years ago, I tossed together this summery pasta salad for my family. At little of this, a little of that…They loved it! I recreated it for a potluck and it was a hit at the party too. So I took my chance at the County Fair and entered my recipe…and won a second place ribbon!

I’m pretty sure this easy recipe will be a success for your family too. This recipe makes a very large bowl of pasta salad, which is enough for dinner and lunch the next day. And most of these ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. I buy the feta in bulk at Costco (it has a long expiration date) and the Parmesan cheese can be frozen until you’re ready to use. I didn’t have any bow tie (farfalle) pasta this time so I used whole wheat penne which was just as tasty.

I like serving this pasta alongside grilled chicken or kabobs, usually cold leftovers. It goes together quickly so it’s a perfect light meal for warm weather when it’s too hot to cook. I like to make it in the evening and then chill overnight for dinner the following day. Pair it with a hunk of crusty buttered bread and well, that’s just a little bit of heaven right there!

Summer Pasta Salad recipe {www.savingupfordisney}


Summer Pasta Salad

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 can (2.2 oz) sliced olives, drained
  • 16 oz. Bow tie pasta, cooked to directions on box
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Whisk first section of ingredients.
  2. Add second section of ingredients, blending well.
  3. Toss in pasta, mixing well to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and stir.
  5. Can be eaten right away but I like to chill overnight to blend flavors.

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