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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

 

Honey glaze marinade

This honey glaze marinade is so simple and so versatile on any meats – sure to be the star of any BBQ!

This honey glaze marinade is so simple and so versatile on any meats - sure to be the star of any BBQ! #honey #marinade #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

I love this honey glaze marinade.  I’ve used it on pork.  I’ve used it on chicken.  I’ve used it on … sorry, I’ll stop before I start to sound too much like Dr Seuss!  But seriously, every time that I serve any type of meat with this marinade, it is hands down a winner.  A couple of times Grant and I have cooked the same meat, but one lot with this marinade, and and another lot with some sort of spice rub.  Now, I’m not sure that because the rub has been a bit heavy handed each time, but each time our dinner guests (and us) have always preferred this one.

It’s loosely based off a recipe from AllRecipes.com but made Paleo-friendly i.e. no refined sugar or soy sauce.  It’s also kind of an adaptation of my honey tamari sauce, which I also adapt to a more Whole30 compliant option sometimes.  See, this is where actually publishing recipes on a website is tough for me because I keep changing things!  Does anyone else have the same problems?

This honey glaze marinade is so simple – get your meat into a ziplock bag.  Combine all the ingredients together and pour into the bag.  Let sit in the refrigerator overnight (in a bowl just in case there’s a hole in the bag!) and then grill at your leisure.  Couldn’t be any easier, right?

Honey glaze marinade

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 12 hours
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbs coconut aminos
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.

  2. Add to meat of choice in a ziploc bag or container with a cover.  Chill overnight for best results prior to cooking.

Recipe Notes

This marinade is sufficient for 3-4 lb meat (pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, etc)

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

This honey glaze marinade is so simple and so versatile on any meats - sure to be the star of any BBQ! #honey #marinade #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo