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Freezer Leftovers – Dinner Mashup

The beauty of cooking more than I can eat is the leftovers! Only problem is I will freeze them and then forget haha. When my brother was in town we made a Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast by Nom Nom Paleo – her recipes are awesome if you ever want to give them a try. It was super easy and required minimal ingredients (always a plus):

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound tied boneless pork shoulder roast – the one we used wasn’t tied and worked fine
  • 2-4 tablespoons dry rub – I just used a variety of spices
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1/2” slices

Instructions:

  1. Dry pork shoulder with paper towels
  2. Season liberally with salt, pepper and spices
  3. Place pork in ziploc bag and seal removing excess air
  4. Marinate in fridge for 4 hrs up to 2 days
  5. Once done marinating, place vegetables in bottom of slow cooker and top with pork shoulder
  6. Turn it to low and go about your day! Or cook overnight and go to bed! It should be ready in about 8-10 hours

Success! The initial dinner included quinoa and roasted broccoli.

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It made enough that I had leftovers in the fridge for a couple days, plus a few single serve portions in the freezer. Last night I did NOT feel like cooking haha, so I had to get creative. I also realized that I had frozen leftover Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” (just steam cauliflower, add coconut milk – my personal favorite – or any other milk, season with a little salt and garlic, and blend away!). Then I thought those two might go well together, so I gave it a try and the result was delicious. Topped off with a spinach salad and dinner was ready in just a few minutes!

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