Maple pulled pork stuffed spaghetti squash

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash – what’s not to love?

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Some days I love social media.  I love being inspired by people who are way more creative than me.  And trying out their recipes, and adding a Sarah touch to them.

And then sometimes you get to meet these amazing people in person.  That’s what happened with me and Leanne from Crumb Top Baking.  We had been following each other for a little bit on Instagram when there was the Everything Food Conference held in Salt Lake City.  Now I knew I was volunteering at the event so when I saw Leanne post that she was going to be at the conference, we made a time to meet up.  And we did.  And Leanne is so lovely in person – we were able to discuss a whole range of topics including how social media can be good or not-so-good at times.  But that was one of the good times!

A few months ago, I wanted to feature some of these amazing recipe creators on my Instagram account, give them a ‘shout-out’, and so I approached Leanne with the idea that we share each others recipes on our stories.  And then she came back with the idea that we actually take one of each other’s recipes and make it, photograph it and then use that as a post.  So it sticks around, rather than disappear after 24 hours on the Instagram Stories.  She made my zucchini dip and made it look so wonderful (see here for her write-up and gorgeous photo!).  And then I had the agonizing decision as to what to make from her blog.

I was initially drawn to her pumpkin spice macaroons because I love things that are naturally gluten free (check out my mint chocolate macaroons I adapted from another blogger!), but I was going through a trial of restricting my nut intake to try to heal my gut (another post on that later!).  And then I saw this recipe, for maple glazed pulled pork.  Over spaghetti squash.  Now, could you get any more of my favorite savory foods in one dish?  I think not!

So I did change it a little bit.  I didn’t cook the pork from scratch (shock horror!) – I used some pulled pork we had bought at Costco.  But Leanne has some really simple instructions for making this yourself.  I also removed the onion and garlic powder as I was going through a low FODMAP eating plan at the time (again to heal my gut and again, more details in another post later!).  Leanne also included some shredded cheese to melt over the top, which I know would taste amazing, but with my dairy intolerance, I just skipped it.

But let me tell you, even though I had to leave out a number of ingredients, this was just amazing in taste.  And if you buy the pre-made pulled pork, and use your Instant Pot for cooking the spaghetti squash (google the instructions and you’ll have a cooked squash in 10 minutes tops!), you can have yourself dinner in maybe 30 minutes.  If you want to go the slow and traditional ways of cooking, it will take a little longer, but it’s well worth it!

Maple glazed pulled pork over spaghetti squash

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1.5 lbs pulled pork 1 – 1.5 lbs
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper chopped

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

  2. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and brush the flesh with oil.  Place the squash face down on the baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the skin and flesh.

  3. While the squash is cooking, in a small dish, combine all ingredients for the glaze and set aside.

  4. Heat up a large frying pan, add cooking oil of choice and saute onions until soft.  Add the pulled pork and heat through.

  5. Add the glaze to the pork and combine well.  Once well combined, turn the heat to low and set aside, stirring occasionally until the squash is ready for assembly.

  6. Once the squash is cooked, remove from oven and set aside to cool enough to handle.  Scrape through the flesh with a fork to create strands, keeping them within the skin.

  7. Add the pork and peppers to the spaghetti squash 'noodles' and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until all ingredients are heated through.  Add cheese if you desire (and do not have any dairy issues).

  8. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.  Leftovers keep for 2-3 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from https://www.crumbtopbaking.com/maple-pulled-pork-stuffed-spaghetti-squash/

 

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

 

Cazuela de vacuno

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal – using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker!

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Here’s an interesting combination for you all – the Sarah-take on a classic Peruvian dish, adding in our favorite probiotic drink of kombucha as one of the ingredients.  Intrigued?  Read on!

So this recipe was adapted from another of my friend Chef Freyka’s recipes, after I took a cooking class with her all about cooking with kombucha.  Now, you may remember that we make our own kombucha at home, and Grant and I drink it every day to keep my digestive system working as well as it possibly could be.  So I was so excited to take this cooking class, where I learnt a whole pile of new recipes, using kombucha as a sauce, or as a marinade, even in a cake …!

And for those of you who have been following me for a while, you will remember that our family loves Peruvian food – with such classics as aji de gallina, lomo saltado and arroz con leche already on this website for you to make at home with us!

So this recipe combines both of these interests in one very tasty dish.  Originally it was designed to be seco de cordero (or lamb stew), but I changed it a little to call it cazuela de vacuno (beef stew).  Now, normally the cazuela de vacuno has big chunks of beef and vegetables in a thin broth, but even when my family were living in Chile, we always chopped the meat and veggies up into more bite-sized morsels.  So again, I’m changing a classic dish into one my family likes.  Feel free to keep the meat and veggies as bigger chunks if you wish, or you can call it a nice Peruvian beef stew if you’re more pedantic.

Whatever you call it though, I hope you give it a try because the flavors are unlike any Western stew!

Cazuela de vacuno (Peruvian beef stew)

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 250 g broccoli chopped
  • 250 g cauliflower chopped
  • 2 lb stew beef cubed
  • 2 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp aji amarillo paste (yellow pepper paste)
  • 2 tbs red salsa
  • 2 tbs chimichurri
  • 2 cups kombucha

Instructions

  1. Place the onion, garlic, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Add the beef, cumin, aji amarillo, salsa and chimichurri and stir until well mixed.

  3. Pour in the kombucha and stir again.

  4. Slow cook for 4 hours, or until beef is tender to the fork.

  5. Serve immediately with rice, salad, or other side dishes.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef Freyka Nunez del Prado, Harmons Cooking School

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Indian chicken

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free, even Whole30 compliant!

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Now my family, Henry in particular, is a big fan of butter chicken.  So much flavor with all the Indian spices, it’s what he always looks for when we go out to an Indian restaurant.  Even when we go to an Indian buffet, if there isn’t any butter chicken, Henry’s just not interested.

So when he asked me to make butter chicken at home for one of our meals, I had to go searching for an option that didn’t include any butter … and one that would taste good.  I happened upon this recipe from One Lovely Life and thought I’d give it a go.  The first time I made this, I followed the recipe and used a slow cooker, but then thought I’d play around with it a little bit.  And feedback from the kids was that it tasted really yummy, but it’s not butter chicken.

So I’m calling this recipe Indian chicken – so you can get the Indian flavors, but without the expectation of the specific butter chicken texture.  Now I love to chock this full of veggies.  And serve it over veggies – like my cauliflower rice.  But you can serve it with normal rice, other veggies, or even Naan bread (or another type of flatbread) if you desire.  And leftovers are amazing – the flavor just intensifies even more!

Give this Indian chicken curry a go – and let me know what you think in the comments!

Indian chicken

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup spinach coarsely chopped
  • cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil of choice in  a medium frying pan and brown the chicken pieces, possibly in two batches depending on the size of your frying pan.  Remove the chicken from pan and allow to rest on paper towel.

  2. In a medium frying pan, saute the onion in the oil until translucent and soft.  Add the garlic, ginger and spices.  Cook for 1 minute longer until the spices become fragrant.

  3. Add the coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.

  4. Add the chicken back to the frying pan and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.  Add in the spinach and squeeze the lime juice in just prior to serving.

  5. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with vegetables, or cauliflower rice

Recipe Notes

Adapted from https://www.onelovelylife.com/slow-cooker-butter-chicken/ 

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo