Okay, so this is PART 3 of this series…If you missed the INTRO, or PART 2: Menu Planning, make sure you check them out, too.

Today we are talking about how to meal prep while you work.

Ahhhh… meal prepping…

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The biggest time-consuming portion of most weeknight meals tends to be cooking the protein (in restaurant speak, “the protein” usually refers to whatever main meat is on the plate).

Well, what if I gave you one recipe that took approximately 15 minutes of hands-on time, was completely customizable and cooked while you were at work?

What if that same recipe formed the basis of many many more meals for you that only required a quick reheat & a couple of pantry/fridge staples or a jar of sauce to make a full meal in under 10 minutes the rest of the week?

Sounds pretty magical, right?

I know. I know. Breaking my own rules. I’m sharing a recipe…

In my defense, I did say that I’d share one with y’all on occasion. Well, here’s your occasion. 🙂

Here’s the super complicated recipe and directions:

  • 1 6-7 lb pork shoulder (also known as a pork butt)
  • 2 Large Onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (Let’s be honest, we’ve all got this in our cupboard, but if you don’t happen to have it or just don’t like it, use your favorite savory seasoning blend.)
  • 2 cups neutral liquid of choice (you can use chicken or veggie stock, beer, or even water in a pinch!)

Put onions in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour liquid over onions. Rub seasoning on pork shoulder. Place on top of onions. Put lid on. Set on low. Walk away for 10-12 hours.

Seriously. It’s that simple.

Now, here’s how this is going to make your meals for the entire week…

Meal Prep While You Work...

When the roast is done cooking, it’s going to be super tender and will shred easily.

Shred the whole darn thing, then decide which of the following you want to do with this deliciousness:

Roast Dinner

My husband isn’t a fan of straight-up roast, so I don’t get to indulge in this one very often (insert every sad emoji out there because I love me some roast dinners!).

Make this easy on yourself and add a few chunked up carrots and potatoes into the slow cooker when you’re cooking the roast. Throw together a quick salad and you’ve got an entire meal on the table in 5 minutes when you get home!

BBQ Pulled Pork

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Toss the shredded pork with your favorite bbq sauce. Throw it on a bun with some slaw and a few pickles. Serve with your favorite bbq side (baked beans, fries, green beans, collards, salad, etc).

Quick tip: make extra! You can use the bbq pork for other things, too! BBQ Nachos, BBQ Pizza, BBQ Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, etc. You can freeze it already made, so all you have to do it pop it in the microwave when you’re craving a little ‘que!

Tex-Mex Pork

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Throw it in a hot pan with your favorite taco/fajita/carnitas seasoning and serve you up some quick Tex-Mex!

This can be as easy as pulling the fixings for tacos or burritos out of the fridge and letting everyone assemble their own. (Bonus points if you add pineapple for a little faux Tacos al Pastor!)

You can also do nachos with this meat, or quick quesadillas, enchiladas, tortas, tostadas, or even make a Tex-Mex omelette for breakfast (yes, PLEASE)!

Stroganoff

Shredded pork, a little brown gravy, and some sour cream. Serve over potatoes, pasta, or rice.

Pork Fried Rice

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Easier to make than you think- especially if you have leftover rice from another meal!

Chili

You can even use the leftovers from Tex-Mex night for this to give it a little extra somethin’.

Shepherd’s Pie

This is an awesome leftovers dinner!

Take your shredded pork, some leftover gravy, mix with veggies, put in a casserole dish. Top with leftover mashed potatoes and bake in a 375-degree oven until hot & bubbly.

If its a microwave kind of night, that’s also completely acceptable here! You just won’t get the brown bits on top.

Pressed Cuban Sandwiches

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Awesome, tangy, salty, cheesy, pork-filled goodness!

Sweet & Sour Pork

Grab a jar of your favorite sweet & sour sauce, saute up some bell peppers, onions, and pineapple. Toss is all together with the pork. Serve over rice. Who needs take-out?

Pulled Pork Mac N Cheese

Bonus points if you use the bbq or Tex-Mex pork in it!

Pork Bolognese

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This is just a fancy term for what is basically a very meat forward sauce that is slow simmered.

Well, you’ve already slow cooked the pork, so just throw some of that into a jar of your favorite marinara and heat it up while you boil some pasta. Ta-dah! Supper is served!

Pulled Pork Poutine

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Cheese, gravy, pork, fries…. Ummmm… YES!

Open Faced Hot Pork Sandwiches

These were also called pork commercials where I grew up.

Pork. Gravy. Bread. Your two favorite sides. Blue-plate special style comfort food super quick!

…So as you can see, the sky really is the limit here, y’all!

What are your favorite “leftover” pulled pork recipes? Let’s share them with one another in the comments!