A good run and some Carnitas to top off a long work day

Some days just seem to go longer than others. For me, Tuesdays seem to be my long days. For the past 3 weeks I have signed up for CrossFit but haven’t been able to make it. When I got home, I looked at my couch, then to my running shoes and the running shoes won.
5 miles later  I was ready to make a delicious dinner. I whipped together a version of chili, with carnitas, eggplant, yellow squash, and tomatoes. It was a quick throw together in a jiffy and eat.
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It tasted delicious.
Carnitas and Eggplant Chili
4 servings
1 yellow Squash
1/2 of a large eggplant or a medium eggplant
2 cups spinach
1 large tomato
10-12 oz of carnitas ( I used the precooked carnitas from Trader Joe’s; recipe from foodnetwork.com to follow)
1 12 oz can of diced tomatoes ( I used fire roasted tomatoes from Trader Joes)
1 1/2  tablespoon Cumin
1 1.2  tablespoon chili powder
1 garlic clove chopped.
1.put all the ingredients into a pot or into a skillet and heat on medium until the eggplant and the zucchini are tender and cooked.
2. Then simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Eat and enjoy
printable version: carnitas and eggplant chili
Carnitas recipe from FoodNetwork.com


2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (or 2 1/2 pounds bone-in)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and ribs removed, chopped
1 orange, cut in half
3 tablespoons vegetable oil


Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. Salt and pepper liberally. Mix the oregano and the cumin with olive oil and rub all over pork. Place the pork in a slow cooker and top with the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Squeeze over the juice of the orange and add the two halves. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 hours.
Once the meat is tender, remove from slow cooker and let cool slightly before pulling apart with a fork. In a large saute pan, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Press the carnitas into the oil and fry until crusty on one side. Serve.
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So day 2 of Paleo down. Same breakfast as yesterday just a bigger piece without pumpkin and zucchini loaf and an apple. Lunch was leftover pizza from last night with more veggies, and some almonds.
What I missed today: crackers and hummus. I was really craving something crunchy like a triscuit or a piece of bread to have with dinner. I still really want something to dip my veggies into.  The only other issue I am having is my GI is working crazy overtime and causing me to use the bathroom way too often. Hopefully my GI and I can come up with some agreement to this issue very soon!
Question of the night: what are your favorite recipes??
Have you tried Paleo? If so what recipes did you like and how did you like following the diet?


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