Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Healthy Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

We have a bit of an obsession with pineapples in our household.  It is by far my boys' favorite fruit.  Something about pineapple makes them very excited and willing to try new things. Because of this, I find myself always looking for new ways to use it since it almost always guarantees that my kids will eat a well-balanced meal. 
This recipe is really perfect if you want a taco, but want something new and exciting.  I get bored of eating the same old tacos each week.  This taco is a lovely fusion of flavors and cooking styles.  It combines a sweet and spicy pulled pork with a fresh fruity salsa.  It also keeps the points super low by cutting out all of the cheese and sour cream found in a traditional taco.

Healthy Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Servings: 8 ★ Size: 1/3 cup pulled pork ★ 
Smart Points: 4 ★ Points Plus: 7 ★ Calories: 260 ★ Total Fat: 9 g ★ Saturated Fat: 1 g ★ Protein: 25 g ★ Carbohydrates: 28 g ★ Fiber: 10 g ★ Sugars: 10 g ★ Sodium: 443 mg ★ Cholesterol:  54 mg


Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos 
· 1 1/2 lbs pork loin, fat removed
· 1/2 cup (125 ml) soy sauce, reduced sodium
· 2 cups pineapple, diced
· 3 tablespoons ketchup
· 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 
· 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
· 1 lime, zest and juice
· 1 tablespoon brown sugar
· 8 low-carb tortillas

Pineapple Salsa
· 1 fresh pineapple, diced
· 2 tomatoes, diced· 1 green onion, finely diced
· 1/4 cup cilantro, finely diced
· 1 hot chili, finely diced (add more to taste) 
· 2 limes, juice only
· salt, to taste

1. Place the soy sauce, pineapple, ketchup, garlic, ginger, lime zest, lime juice, and brown sugar into a slow cooker.  Stir well and place the pork into the sauce.  Cook the pork on low for 7 hours or 4 on high.  Take out the pork and shred.  Place the shredded pork back in the sauce and stir.  Cook the pork for an addition 10 minutes.
2.  While the pork is finishing in the sauce, place the diced pineapple, tomatoes, green onion, chili, and limes into a medium mixing bowl.  Mix well and add salt to taste.  
3. Serve the tacos topped with pineapple salsa and any other favorite taco toppings.  I particularly liked mine with a 1/4 slice of avocado!

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