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Sweet Balsamic Pork Roast in the Instant Pot

How to make a pork roast in an electric pressure cooker - This sweet balsamic pork loin or shoulder in the Instant Pot is so simple and easy but so delicious! It is good for Whole 30, low carb, and keto if you substitute the sugar for Splenda or stevia. Can be made boneless or with the bone. Balsamic vinegar makes perfect gravy.

We have gotten into a bit of a recipe rut lately. We have so many recipes at our disposal (over 350 on my blog!), but because I eat a bariatric diet with almost no carbs, our options are pretty limited. It’s always 4 ounces of a protein and 4 ounces of a vegetable. We made up a recipe binder months and months ago with our favorite bariatric-friendly recipes listed out in dividers by type of meat, and that does help because either Joe or I can page through our favorites and pick something that we haven’t had in a while. … Read more

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix

The best homemade spicy or mild Cajun seasoning recipe - Simple & easy spice mixes. Great for chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, or almost any meat.

I like spicy foods, and I always have. Southwest is my favorite, but this Cajun seasoning is a close second. It has tons of flavor without being overly hot and spicy – though you can make it as hot as you want by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes you add. Cajun seasoning is wonderful as a rub for meat – any meat from salmon to chicken to pork to beef. It’s also great mixed with breadcrumbs as a coating for chicken fingers or turkey cutlets or as a topping for a casserole. It can be mixed in with … Read more

Homemade Hot & Spicy BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade hot & spicy BBQ recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, chicken, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat. Includes brown sugar.

This spice rub is so good because it’s so rich and flavorful. It is spicy, as the name states, but the heat isn’t overpowering as the recipe is written. What makes this rub so amazing is the variety of flavors that blend together; there’s no way around having a long list of ingredients. If you leave something out, you will miss it in the finished product, all except for the cayenne which is what makes this rub spicy. If you are feeding children or just don’t like much spice, you can leave it out or use much less than what … Read more

Homemade BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade BBQ pork recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat including chicken. Includes brown sugar.

When I was gluten-free, we made most of our own spice blends and spice rubs because a lot of pre-made ones have gluten added (for reasons I do not understand). Now, I’m not gluten-free specifically, but we prefer the flavor of the homemade mixes and continue to make and use them. We do like a couple of spice mixes from The Pampered Chef (Italian Seasoning, Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend, and the Garlic & Peppercorn Rub), but for the rest of our mixes, it’s all homemade. This particular spice rub is perfect on almost all meat. If you can put it … Read more

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork With Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

BBQ pulled pork

I love pulled pork. Really and truly love it. And so does Allie, who asks for pulled pork BBQ every single time we go to a state fair or carnival. Since my bariatric surgery, I have been very careful to avoid added sugars, and sadly, traditional barbecue sauce is loaded with added sugar. So we now make our own BBQ sauce. I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s not exactly the same as sugary BBQ sauce, but it has a good, rich flavor and makes the pork taste great. To make barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, you’ll first need a … Read more

Our Thoughts on the New George Foreman Evolve Grill

One of our wedding gifts was a George Foreman Grill. We’ve used it often through the years. We like that the grill plates require very little added fat, and the grill cooks almost everything quickly. The only downside is that there are foods that just don’t work with its grill plates. Like eggs. We recently had the opportunity to try out the brand new George Foreman Evolve Grill, and we thought it was a fantastic improvement over our older model. The Evolve allows us to grill foods we never thought possible, like the French Toast we had for breakfast on … Read more