Phew! Yesterday was a biz-zee one. I had quite a bit of work to do for online clients in the morning. Then I headed into the gym to study for my ACE Group Fitness Instructor exam for a few hours before training clients until 8:00 p.m. (which is late for me!)
And yep, I’m still studying for that group fitness cert!
I’ve got until April to take the exam, so I’ve been putting in 4-5 hours a week to study for it.
My problem? I find it so damn hard to study for it during typical work hours. During the work day, I should be…working…correct? That’s what feels natural. I feel weird sitting at my kitchen table at 11:00 studying for an exam. Naturally, I feel like I should work during work hours, and study during off hours.
But then I don’t feel like studying on the weekends or evenings. Alas, my only choice is to suck it up – or come up with a new solution. I decided to the latter, which I’ve found to be somewhat more productive – study at the gym! That way I’m at the gym, able to pick up new clients if the opportunity presents itself, while also preparing myself for the exam. Win-win? Let’s hope.
Hmm. Where was I?
Oh right - carnitas leftovers!
So on Sunday when I cooked our carnitas in the slow cooker, I didn’t think about exactly how much food a 3.5 lb. pork loin would produce. Answer: a (pork) butt load.
Although I had two plates-full and Shane had five (5!) tacos-worth on Sunday night for dinner, we still had more leftover carnitas than we knew what to do with…well, almost. I prevailed. I figured out a way to eat carnitas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Rough, I know )
Three Ways to Eat Leftover Carnitas
Note: none of these are measured because this was a meal for one. Translation: add how much of each ingredient that your heart desires.
#1. Leftover Carnitas 1 Pan Meal #1: Moraccan Pork and Veggies
onions and mushrooms, sliced
splash of chicken broth
bigger splash of coconut milk
dash of basil
Fry up the veggies in the coconut oil until soft. Add a little more oil and then add the carnitas and cook until heated through. Push to the side of the pan and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together, bring to a boil, and then simmer for a couple minutes until the sauce thickens up a bit.
I enjoyed this dish for breakfast Monday morning after completing a full body strength work out + 15 minutes on the stepmill.
…with some kabocha squash, which I lazily just popped in the microwave for 6 minutes. (I wouldn’t recommend doing that – It was kinda dry – but got the job done. I’ll probably do it again actually.)
#2. Leftover Carnitas Meal # 2: Mediterranean Wraps w/ Tzatziki Sauce
Sautee the onion in some coconut oil in a pan over medium heat until soft. Add the carnitas and cook until heated through. Add a sprinkle of dill. In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients for the sauce
#3. Leftover Carnitas Meal #3: Carnitas Sweet Potato Hash
sweet potato, cooked and diced
Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until soft. Add the kale, sweet potato, and carnitas and cook until heated through. Remove from the pan onto a plate. Add some more oil to the pan, and cook the eggs until the whites are cooked through, yolks still runny. Place on top of the carnitas mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
Yep, I had that entire (very large) plate-full of food for lunch yesterday. It could also be eaten for breakfast. And it was delicious.
In the past three days, I’ve had carnitas four times, and only the first time was it in a Mexican dish. I didn’t get sick of them once, thanks to all the variations!
With that, I’m going to go eat some breakfast…sans carnitas
What’s your favorite food to eat as leftovers?