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Weekday dinner inspirations: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and more

Mon | Rib stickers

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes are compact offerings for a filling dinner. For this dish, you can bake the potatoes in advance. Saute sliced chicken sausage with chopped onions and chopped frozen broccoli. Add a bit of chicken broth to the mixture, too. Load reheated halved baked potatoes with the chicken mixture and top with shredded cheddar and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. Green salad completes the meal.

Tues | No. 1 recipe released the most popular recipes of 2010 on the mega-recipe website last week and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (recipe below) was No. 1. Really. Of the gazillion recipes on the site, a four-ingredient (and that includes the buns) recipe for pulled pork drew the most hits. Really? Two cookie recipes and one for brownies also made the list. Shows you what we're really interested in.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Chicken Tacos are a quick fix for hump day. Shred the chicken from one bird and mix with half a packet of taco seasoning mix and a few spoonfuls of salsa. Load the meat into soft or hard taco shells and garnish with diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce and cheese. Add more salsa and maybe even a dab of sour cream. Serve with steamed yellow squash and stewed tomatoes.

Thurs | Citrus and seafood

To make Stir-Fried Snow Peas and Scallops, start by mixing the zest of 1 orange (or a tangelo from your tree!) plus its juice with a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce and chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire. Heat a nonstick skillet and hit it with some nonstick spray. Dump in snow peas, sliced scallions, minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes, then add sea scallops, cook for another few minutes until they are opaque and add your orange sauce mixture. Let it bubble and serve over quick-cooked brown rice.

Fri | Fresh and simple

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes are a good accompaniment to whatever you want to toss on the grill. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and coat a baking dish with nonstick spray. For four halved tomatoes, mix about 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs with a few tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, some Italian dried herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic cloves and salt to taste. Top each tomato with equal amounts of stuffing and bake for about 30 minutes.

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>>Really easy!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

1 (2-pound) pork tenderloin

1 (12-ounce) can or bottle root beer

1 (18-ounce) bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce

8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted

Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours. (The actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker.) Drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over hamburger buns.

Serves 8.


Weekday dinner inspirations: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and more 01/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 5:31pm]
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