Monday, 24 December 2012

Crockpot Carnitas and Herbed Cauli-Rice

I have begun to suspect that there is a paleo advocate carefully camouflaged inside the Chatelaine Magazine recipe-creating staff....  And it makes me so, so happy.

We will infiltrate everything, everywhere, until we have taken over the world, bwa-ha-ha-ha....

Because in Canada, paleo is still mostly unheard of.  It is a secret world mostly known only to crossfitters, celiac-sufferers and mega fad-dieters.  And the Canadian magazine Chatelaine is distributed worldwide; according to Rogers Publishing, it has a readership of 3,280,000.  So any recipe they publish is going to really, really be seen.

Of course, they don't CALL those recipes paleo.  Or primal.  Or grain-free.

But they exist.  Oh, how they exist--just look a little closer.

And even better than that, of the non-paleo recipes they present, many of those recipes are no longer carb-centric either, lending themselves to easy translation into a paleo-acceptable meal.  Or so I find.  Is it just me?  You decide--go check it out here.

So it is that I came upon this recipe for easy crockpot pork carnitas.  With a pretty picture for herbed rice, too, which is apparently the way we're supposed to be serving out carnitas, if we're going to do it right.  (I want THEIR food photographer...sigh...see right pic; next time I'm just going to have to try to imitate their photo set-up)

Now, I've seen paleo carnita recipes out there before.  I've cooked a few of those recipes.  And while they were definitely tasty, they were also hi-effort.  And I'm a lazy cook.

So, a few small tweaks to the Chatelaine recipe, and voila, perfection and deliciousness happened.  And as for the herbed rice?  A quick google taught me that its just rice with fresh herbs and lime juice added to it.  Wow, how simple and tasty THAT turned out.  So here's what I did:

Crockpot Carnitas


  • 2 lbs pork shoulder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried minced onions
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 bay leaf


If you have regular grocery-store meat, trim off all visible fat.  Cut pork into large chunks and place them in your crockpot.  Add all spices except bay and toss to mix. Place your bay leaf ontop of the meat, cover and cook according to crockpot manufacturers instructions.  With my crockpot, it's 10-12 hours on low, or 4-5 hours on high.

Go to work and forget about it.

At the end of the day, give the meat a quick stir to re-distribute juices, if there are any.  Heat frypan to med-high, add some fat of choice and throw those meat chunks in just to slightly crisp them on the sides that weren't face-up in the crockpot.

Herbed Cauli-Rice


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1-2 Tbs chicken broth
  • 1/2 c green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 c fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 frozen cubes of fresh dill, or 2 tsp dill from those "tubes" or 2 Tbs chopped fresh dill
  • juice of 1 lime
  • butter, for frying

Rice your cauliflower.  In frypan on med-high, add cauliflower and chicken broth, cover and "steam" for a few minutes, until broth evaporates.  Add butter, lime juice, and all spices, cook for a couple more minutes until fragrant and cauli is cooked al dente.

Serve pork over herbed cauli-rice. I served mine with all the extra pan-juices poured over top because I'm like that.  I love my fatty-fat-fat.   Enjoy!


  1. Hi Cindi..I actually work For Rogers Media...and Chatelaine is our publication...about a week ago while in the Test Kitchen looking through a bunch of cookbook they no longer wanted(i know several of the editors there) one of the recipe testers was actually making Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes and we started to talk about being Gluten Free and I mentioned that I'm grain free...and she said ...oh you mean like Primal or Paleo...I said yes we chatted more...and she did mention they are seeing a shift in the cookbooks that they receive to a more gluten free way of eating....:) Merry Christmas Cindi!...:)

  2. Great recipe and Merry Christmas!

  3. OMG, that is awesome, Lena! You will have to thank them for me. They inspire so much. They aren't falling for that whole gluten-free crap foods thing like GF breads--but are using foods that are naturally gluten-free instead and I love them for it.