Fancy BLT with Arugula & Fresh Mozzarella (Minus the L)

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I love BACON!  I literally love it!  I can eat it all by itself or I can make a sandwich with it.  BLTs are classic sandwiches. I feel like when someone hears you made a BLT for dinner, the immediate response is “Oh that sounds so good!”  It’s just the truth!!  I made this fancy verison of a BLT.  I kicked it up a few notches with the one! Feel free to add more or less of an ingredient. I love arugula so I add a lot and I love bacon so I add a few slices! More bacon the better!

You will want to give it a try. The flavors in the sandwich will be an explosion!

Fancy BLT with Arugula & Fresh Mozzarella (Minus the L)

Ingredients:
Yeilds 2 Sandwiches

4 slices sour dough bread
8 slices, bacon cooked, crispy
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh arugula
4-6 slices fresh mozzarella
1.5 T extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 t Italian Seasonings
1 t salt

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  In a small bowl mix together 1 T extra virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning.  Set aside.  Take the garlic cloves and cut off the top exposing the flesh of the garlic.  Rub the garlic on the sourdough bread, both sides.  Next brush the olive oil mixture on the bread to fully coat on both sides.  Place in the oven for 4-6 minutes until it gets crisp. Then add 2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella to 2 of the pieces of bread.  Heat another 2-3 minutes (optional, this is just to lightly melt the cheese)

In another bowl add the arugula, (more or less if you prefer)  drizzle with remaining half table spoon of olive oil and season with salt. Set aside.

Once the bread is done, remove from the oven and assemble the sandwich.  Add half the arugula mixture to both pieces of bread on top of the fresh mozzarella, next add 2 slices of the tomato and 3-4 slices of bacon.  Top with other slices of bread and cut in half and enjoy!  It’s a beautiful looking sandwich and it taste even better then in looks!

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Low Carb Cold Cut Roll Up

Is anyone like me when it comes to lunch ideas?  I like to meal prep like full meals, like extra grilled chicken and a vegetable.  But sometimes you just want a real lunch type meal.

This low carb roll up is perfect for that.  If you are doing low carb you can leave out a tortilla. If you want the carbs, add the tortilla.  You can really make it with any cold cuts aka lunch meat you want.

Low Carb Cold Cut Roll Up

Ingredients:

2 slices roast turkey or ham
3 slices (lengthwise cut) cucumber, very thin
1/2 smashed avocado
1 slice cooked bacon
1 green onion, sliced
1 1/2 slices of favorite cheese

To Assemble:  Lay the slices of meat down slightly overlapping.  Next add the 3 slices of cucumber.  Spread the mashed avocado over the meat and cucumber.  Next add the sliced cheese and top with the piece of bacon (I cut mine into 3 pieces) next sprinkle on green onions. Next roll up tight and cut in half to eat.  If you aren’t going to eat immediately, after you roll it up, wrap with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator.  Cut it once you are going to eat it.

Notes: You can use any lunch meat you half or like.  Also, you can use mayo, or mustard or a dressing vs the avocado.  I was just trying to keep it on the healthier side.  If you aren’t doing low carb, or want a tortilla. start with the tortilla on the bottom and then finish the rest of the assembling.

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Pulled Pork with Creamy Coleslaw

I bought a pork butt and was originally going to make pork carnitas. I had all the ingredients and at the last minute decided to switch it up to pulled pork. It was my first time making the pulled pork in my pressure cooker and with a pork butt. I’ve done a few times with a pork loin and in the crockpot but never this way.

You can definitely put this in a crockpot for low 8-10 hours or you can make low and slow in the oven. If you do in the oven it will probably take 8-10 hours as well on like 300°-325°. I used the pressure cooker because it took 90 minutes. It came out tender and falling apart and very easy to shred.

I got a pressure cooker a few years ago for Christmas and I love it. I love being able to cook foods so much faster and they come out much juicer than being in the crockpot. I just recently bought an instapot. I haven’t taken out of the box just yet because the next few weeks are super busy I want to be able to use it properly. I can’t wait though. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Now, back to the pulled pork. It came out delicious I can safety say I’m excited to eat these leftovers! When I think of pulled pork a lot of times I think of an excess amount of BBQ sauce. I honestly have very little BBQ sauce in this recipe. I think a lot of time the BBQ sauce drowns out the real flavor of the meat. So, this is what I did. It’s probably not traditional but it’s my take on pulled pork with just a simple coleslaw.

Pulled Pork with Creamy Coleslaw

Ingredients:
4-5lb pork shoulder/pork butt
8-10 large buns
BBQ sauce for topping (optional)

Sauce:
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup apple sider vinegar
¼ cup Worcestershire
2 T honey or brown sugar
3 T oil
3 T ketchup
3 T bbq sauce
½ T onion powder
½ T garlic powder
½ T cumin
½ T paprika
½ T chili powder
2 T salt
2 T pepper
3 C water

Rub:
1 ½ T onion powder
1 ½ T garlic powder
1 ½ T chili powder
1 ½ T cumin
1 ½ T paprika
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Simple Creamy Coleslaw

Ingredients:
14 oz bag of coleslaw mix
¾ cup light mayo
¾ cup light sour cream
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 small onion, diced
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: In a bowl mix together all ingredients for the sauce minus the water. Mix well to a smooth consistence and set aside. Cut the pork in 2 pieces. In a bowl mix together all ingredients for the rub. Rub mixture on all sides of the meat pieces; make sure to cover the meat well. Heat pressure cooker on high heat (Or a sauté pan if your oven roasting or using the crockpot.) Add in 1 T of oil and brown 1 chunk of meat at time, brown on all sides. Remove from the pan. Use 1 T of oil and do the same thing with the second chunk of meat.

Add both pieces of meat back to the pressure cooker and add in 3 cups of water and pour the sauce mixture over the meat. Cover the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure and cook on medium high heat for 90 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. If you are roasting in the oven, add the meat to a roasting pan and only add 1 cup of water and then pour the sauce over the meat and cook for 8-10 hours on 300°. Note, you can cook it less but it won’t be falling apart and super easy to shred. For the crockpot, add meat to crockpot and add in 2 cups of water and pour sauce over the meat and cook on low 8-10. Cook until the meat falls apart.

While meat is cooking make the coleslaw. To a medium bowl add the coleslaw mix and the onion. In a smaller bowl mix together the sour cream, mayo, apple cider vinegar and the garlic and onion powder. Add that mixture to coleslaw and mix well till fully coated. Season the coleslaw with salt and pepper to taste and add to the refrigerator until ready to use. Mix well before serving.

Once meat is cooked, (In whichever method you choose) Add to a large bowl and shred the meat completely. Spoon some of the juices from the pan into the bowl and mix well. To serve, add meat to bun and drizzle with some reserved juices and top with a dollop of bbq sauce (Optional: I didn’t do this as the meat flavor was enough for me and didn’t want to change it.) Either eat with coleslaw on the bun or on the side. The choice is yours! 🙂

Note: Double the coleslaw recipe if you’re going to make for a crowd or eat all within a few days. I only made one recipe as I was only eating half now and freezing the rest. Optional: Add the leftover juices to a container or a bowl and let side until the fat starts to separate from the juices. Once that happens, remove the fat that’s collected on the top and add the liquid to the meat mixture and mix well. This will keep the meat nice and juicy especially for leftovers or if you’re freezing any of the meat.

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Shredded!
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Simple Coleslaw!

BLT with Bacon Squares

BACON!!!!!!! Happy Saturday!  Today I went shopping early and got that out of the way and came home and took it easy.  I’m feeling a little under the weather today and didn’t want to over do it.  Tomorrow I need to do some cooking and meal prep so I decided to take it easy today for dinner.  I made BLTs! Who doesn’t love BLTs?  Honestly for me bacon is one of my favor things to eat.  It should have it’s own food group if you ask me.

I decided to try something new.  I made woven bacon squares.  It was something I’ve wanted to try for a while and decided to give it a shot.  I must say that it was much easier than I expected it to be.  The outcome was AMAZING.  I will never make regular bacon strips for BLTs again.  I should have taken photos as I made the woven squares but I will definitely do that next time.

Everything else about my BLT was pretty basic. In addition to the amazing woven bacon squares I used campari tomato, crisp iceberg lettuce, light mayo and white bread, not toasted. It was delicious.  I think it slightly made me feel better.  Bacon makes everything better!!

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