Pineapple Chipotle Pork

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It’s April. In Michigan. And there is snow on the ground. I’m not complaining. Really. I can take it. But since I’m nowhere near a tropical paradise right now, at least I can cook up something semi-tropical that may temporarily transport me to the Caribbean, if only in my mind. Okay that’s a little dramatic. But that was the goal with this dish. It didn’t actually make me feel like I was lying on a beach somewhere sipping pina coladas, but at least it tasted darn yummy.

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You guys know I love to cook dishes that have a bit of an international flare, while making them completely accessible to the average American. So while in my brain this dish is Caribbean-ish, it’s not likely all that authentic…just a warning for anyone out there from the Caribbean. I don’t know that they use chipotle pepper in their cooking, but I had it on hand and I know it can be found in just about any grocery store. So there you go. Chipotle it is. And pineapple is definitely Caribbean. So there.

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What I really love about this dish is that it has that sweet and spicy flavor combo that I LOVE! You can serve this pork on its’ own with just a side of veggies- maybe some roasted asparagus or some sauteed zucchini. But I served it with my creamy Coconut Scallion Rice because my husband and my little one adore it. The rice soaks up the juice from the pork and it is delicious! You can get the recipe for the Coconut Scallion Rice here. Now for the pork……

Pineapple Chipotle Pork
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • one 3-4 pound pork picnic roast
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried chipotle powder. I use this kind.
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 whole pineapple
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat your coconut oil or ghee in a large dutch oven over medium high heat on the stove top
  3. Season your pork generously with sea salt and pepper, and sprinkle the chipotle powder evenly all over the pork
  4. Add the pork to the dutch oven. When you add it to the pot, it should sizzle! That means that your fat of choice is nice and hot and your pork will sear nicely. If it doesn’t sizzle, your fat isn’t hot enough. In that case, take it out of the pot and wait for your oil to heat. This is an important step! Don’t skip it!
  5. Let the pork sear on the first side until a crust forms. That takes about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Flip the pork to the other side to sear. Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic to the pot. Stir it around.
  7. Peel and core your pineapple. Puree ¾ of the pineapple in a food processor or high speed blender. Rough chop the remaining ¼ of the pineapple and reserve it for later.
  8. Add the pineapple puree to the pot. Stir it around and distribute it evenly.
  9. Put the lid on the pot and put the pot in the oven. Cook for 3 hours at 350 degrees.
  10. After 3 hours, remove the pot from the oven. Take the lid off and pull the pork apart with 2 forks. It should fall apart easily.
  11. Stir in the reserved chopped pineapple.
  12. Taste and season as need with sea salt and pepper.
  13. Enjoy!

 

By the way, you could definitely make this in the slow cooker! I would say just brown the pork in a dutch oven first, and then transfer it to the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

What’s your favorite way to cook a pork roast?

 

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Coconut Scallion Rice

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I’m always on the lookout for a quick, easy side dish to go along with my (usually) quick and easy dinner! Quick and easy is the name of the game people. Once in a while (a great while) I get in the mood to make an elaborate dinner that takes hours to prepare. But let’s be real here. Most people don’t have more than an hour to spend making dinner for their family on the average week night. This side dish is great because it’s just a few ingredients (a few really delicious and flavorful ingredients) and my husband and little one LOVE it.

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But hold the phone! White rice! That’s not “healthy” you say! Isn’t brown rice healthier? I guess that’s a matter of opinion. And there was a time in my life when I opted for the brown stuff over white too. But if I’m being honest, I don’t really like it that much. Not as much as white at least. While white rice certainly isn’t a nutritional powerhouse, it’s also pretty benign. Now I’m not saying you should go out and eat white rice with every meal. It is a carbohydrate and will convert to sugar in your body. That’s why I don’t make it all that often. But sometimes, you just need a good old comforting starch to go with a meal. If you want to read more about why I choose white rice over brown, I suggest you read this informative post by Emily at Holistic Squid called Why I Eat White Rice Instead of Brown.

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To expand on the nutrition of this dish a bit, let’s consider this. Perhaps the rice itself is not packed with vitamins and minerals, but what I add to the rice contributes greatly to the nutritional profile of this yummy side dish. Let’s have a look:

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a fantastic source of medium chain fatty acids, which are known to aid in weight loss and may even help ward off diabetes. It’s a great source of iron, potassium, niacin and folate (so drink up pregnant women!). But be on your guard! Make sure you’re getting a brand free of BPA. That stuff will wreak havoc on your endocrine system. I like to use this kind.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is an amazing source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It’s packed with amino acids, and it’s one of the BEST gut healers known to man. It’s also like nature’s botox because it’s got crazy insane amounts of collagen and elastin!  It’s really easy to make on your own. Check out this post from Oh Lardy for the easiest way to make bone broth.

Butter

Yes BUTTER! Have you been hiding under a rock? Grass fed butter is not only not bad for you, as conventional nutritionists would have you believe. It’s actually a SUPERFOOD! Yea I said it. Butter is SO good for you. Butter is rich is vitamins A, D, E and K2 (butter is pretty much the only place you can get K2). Grassfed butter has large amounts of medium chain fatty acids, and so may help boost your immune system and your metabolism. It’s also a great source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has very potent cancer-fighting properties and helps your body build muscle rather than storing fat. This is the kind I like to use.

Scallions

Scallions have a healthy amount of vitamins A, C and K. But really, I use them in this dish because they’re yummy and they make the dish look pretty.

So chill out on the white rice mmmk? Go ahead and eat it once in a while. It’s yummy. Here’s the recipe.

Coconut Scallion Rice
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rice. I like to use basmati, but you can use whatever you like. I use this kind.
  • 1½ cups full fat coconut milk
  • 1½ cups bone broth
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 bunch of scallions, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook rice per package instructions, replacing water with the broth and coconut milk. Also, add half of the butter in while the rice cooks. Reserve the other half to stir in at the end.
  2. If you want to make more or less, just substitute whatever amount of liquid you need for half coconut milk and half broth.
  3. When the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork.
  4. Stir in the scallions, remaining butter, and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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DIY Mold Removing Spray (Detox Your Home Series)

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Spring is in the air! And that means spring cleaning is on many of our minds. It’s certainly on mine! Not so long ago, I would have whipped out all of my super toxic and smelly cleaning products filled with bleach, ammonia, and other deadly poisons. Not any more. Now I go to my arsenal of completely non-toxic cleaning products, that I make at home out of a few simple ingredients.

If you’ve been following along with the Detox Your Home Series, then you just saw Becky of Rooted Blessings’ recipe for a non-toxic Homemade Oven Cleaner. That is one recipe I definitely intend to try! If you’ve ever done the self-clean on your oven, you know that oven cleaner is one of the most toxic products out there!

What I’ve got for you today is a really simple recipe for a mold remover spray. Mold can accumulate almost anywhere in your home. Some of the obvious locations are basements, showers, and windows- anywhere moisture accumulates! Instead of reaching for the toxic bleach, you can make your own spray that is really effective with just vinegar and a couple of essential oils! moldkillertitle So what do you need?

  • A glass spray bottle. Glass is important. You don’t want to use plastic when working with essential oils. What I do is keep my old apple cider vinegar bottles, peel the label off, wash them, and stick a spray top in there. Works like a charm!
  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 15-20 drops of Thieves essential oil
  • 15-20 drops of Malaleuca oil

moldremoverHow do you make it?

Are you ready? This is really complicated and scientific so pay attention. You put the vinegar and oils in the spray bottle and shake it up. Did you get all that? Okay good.

How do you use it?

To use, simply spray the mold removing spray generously on the surface you wish to remove mold from. Let it sit for five minutes or so. Then, depending on the surface, use a sponge or microfiber cloth to wipe away the mold. On my shower, I use a sponge. In my basement there is an outside wall that stays pretty moist and therefore accumulates some mold. For that I use a microfiber cloth. Works awesome!

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now!chemicalfreehome Click here  to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the “Detox Your Home” Spring blog series! :)

We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with premium starter kit through April 7th!!

Many of the recipes in this series are from The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping who graciously gave us permission to share her recipes online.

Hurry on over to Joyful Adorations for the next way you can Detox Your Home with her homemade Dishwashing Detergent! Her post will be up at 7 am tomorrow morning!

Be sure to check out all 30 posts in the “Detox Your Home” Spring blogger series below!

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First Aid Essential Oil Series: Healing Bug Bite Salve

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When I say there’s an essential oil for everything, I mean, there is really an essential oil for just about everything! If you’ve been following along with the First Aid Essential Oils Series I’ve got going on with some of my other favorite oily bloggers, you know that we’ve already talked about how to help sooth burns with Gael Wood, and how to treat headaches using oils with Becky of Rooted Blessings. We also just got a fantastic Thieves Bug Spray Recipe from Kate of Real Food RN!

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But just in case you find yourself at a park or around a bonfire without Kate’s awesome non-toxic bug repellant, and you happen to get eaten alive by mosquitoes, I’ve got an great recipe for a bug bite salve using essential oils that will take the sting out and reduce the swelling! And it’s not just for mosquito bites. This salve will help soothe just about any bug bite….well…maybe not a black widow…yea definitely not a black widow…you might (and by might I mean definitely immediately) seek medical attention for that one.

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Here are the players in this bug bite salve game:

Calendula

  • Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties.This makes it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds,  cuts, scrapes, bee stings,  and other minor irritations and infections of the skin.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/healing-calendula/#sthash.3J8yiKJo.dpuf
Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/healing-calendula/#sthash.3J8yiKJo.dpufOlive Oil

Olive Oil

  • Used as a carrier to infuse the calendula, olive oil is extremely moisturizing and soothing to the skin.

Vitamin E

  • Due to its’ regenerative properties, vitamin E oil is great for keeping the skin moist and reducing the appearance of scars associated with bites.

Tamanu Oil

  • Applied topically, Tamanu oil has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties, making it great for helping to heal burns, cuts, scrapes and insect bites. It’s also great for skin regeneration, which is why many people apply to scars to help reduce the appearance.

Beeswax

  • Beeswax is naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic, and is incredibly soothing to the skin

Lavender Essential Oil

  • Lavender is beneficial in treating all types of skin conditions including cuts, scrapes, burns, scabies, psoriasis and bug bites. It’s naturally antibacterial and antiviral.

Malaleuca Oil

  • Malaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, is also antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral.

Peppermint Oil

  • The cooling sensation of peppermint oil helps relieve itching and burning associated with insect bites.

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First Aid Essential Oil Series: Healing Bug Bite Salve
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Bug Bite Salve
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Instructions
  1. Infuse the calendula in the olive oil. To do this, create a double boiler. Put about ½ inch of water in a small sauce pan on the stove top and bring it to a simmer. Place a glass bowl on top of the sauce pan, making sure that the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water.
  2. Put the olive oil and the calendula leaves in the glass bowl. Keep the heat low and let the calendula infuse in the olive oil for 3-4 hours.
  3. Let the oil cool, and strain the calendula out through cheesecloth or a mesh strainer.
  4. Reheat the oil using the same double boiler method. Stir in the beeswax until melted.
  5. Removed the mixture from the heat.
  6. Let cool slightly and stir in your vitamin E oil, tamanu oil, and essential oils.
  7. Pour the mixture into glass jars to tins like these.

 

picforwidget1A word about essential oils: Quality is of the utmost importance. If you’re not using 100% pure essential oils, they will not have the medicinal effects you’re looking for in this salve. That’s why I recommend Young Living Essential Oils. Their quality is second to none! you can get more information by checking out my essential oils page HERE.

And make sure you look out for the next post in this First Aid Essential Oil Series! Coming up is how to heal cuts and scrapes with oils from Joyce from The Skinny Pear!

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Nourished Living Summit

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The Nourished Living Summit, a FREE Online Natural Parenting Health Event!

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There are very few times in life that are more exciting than when you’re pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) and when you finally begin your family! It can also be overwhelming and scary! But what helped comfort me when I was expecting my first baby, was arming myself with information. All the information I could get my hands on! I read up on everything from nutrition in pregnancy and labor positions to breastfeeding, baby-wearing and childhood illness. And I haven’t stopped learning about all things related to preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and raising my children since. However, since I’m a busy mom, less of my learning has been from reading and more from experience. That’s why I’m SO EXCITED about this online summit! You can listen to it while you’re carpooling the kiddos or cooking dinner!

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That’s why you CAN’T MISS this FREE online summit: The Nourished Living Summit! Why is this summit special? Because it’s completely FREE for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! Which means you don’t have to worry about missing ANY of these great talks. And these speakers are some of the very people that I have been learning from in my own education on these topics for years! Which leads me to the awesome lineup of speakers

 

Pregnancy

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WOW! Is your head spinning? Mine is! That’s a whole lotta info! But I’m totally stoked about it!

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

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You MUST be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summit website.

What are you waiting for? Go register right now!!!

 

 

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