Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Better than take out!

Cafe Rio Pork Salad... Perhaps one of my favorite things! I found this recipe, made it today and absolutely LOVED it! Try it, trust me you will love it!

Here's what you will need for the whole salad:

Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice (recipe below)
Black or Pinto Beans
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork (recipe below)
Lettuce (NOT iceberg, use leafy green or Romaine)
Diced tomato, onion, and cilantro (pico de gallo)
Guacamole (optional)
Tortilla Strips
Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch (recipe below)

Just Like Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

2 pounds pork (we use boneless pork rib meat, a pork roast doesnt quite get tender enough)
Coca Cola (NOT diet) enough to cover pork
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water

Put in Crock Pot on Low for 6-8 hours (I just did it overnight)

Drain off the juice, shred pork, (removing fatty peices).

Sweet Pork Sauce:
3/4 cup coke
1 can sliced green chilies
1 can enchilada sauce (I use Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness but any will work)
1 c. brown sugar

In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and brown sugar (about a cup, you can add a little more or less to taste..). If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.

Put shredded pork and sauce in crockpot and cook on low for 2 hours or until serving. That's it! SO good! I couldn't believe it!

Cilantro Lime Rice

I just cooked the rice in my rice cooker, then added:

4 TBS melted butter
Juice from 2 limes
2 tsp sugar
salt to taste
chopped cilantro

Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch Dressing

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not BUTTERMILK)
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. buttermilk
2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
1 jalepeno (just remove the seeds)

Mix together in a blender. Dressing will thicken a bit in the fridge.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Recent Happenings...

It has been a while... we have just been so busy!

School is back in session, which means I see Evan a whole lot less than I wish I did, but I am slowly adjusting to it. It always takes us a bit to get adjusted to a new schedule. Evan gets used to going straight from an all night work shift to an all day school shift, leaving limited time for homework, sleep, and well... me. But he does it. I can't believe it, and I love him so much for it. He kills himself to support and serve me. He sacrifices so much. Seriously... I feel so lucky to have him.

School is back for Evan...not for me. I love it. I can't believe that I am finished and will not be going back! It is a great feeling! I was really scared to be working...and only working. It sounds so pathetic, but I have had really bad anxiety about every job I have ever had... I couldn't figure out why. I hadn't been to my desk job for months...I just stopped going, I couldn't face it. I was feeling so bad about myself and about my contribution to our marriage. I was not happy. Well...with major answers to prayers I ended up with a new job interview. That wasn't really the answer I wanted. I didn't even want to go to the interview. I didn't want to get the job because I was terrified. (so crazy... what has happened to me??? haha) Well... I was offered the job. I took it. And I can't believe how much I love it. I am so happy and so grateful for it which I have never felt about a job before. I feel like I am making a difference in so many aspects. I can't believe I get paid to do something I love this much.
I know you are wondering what made this great change in me, well...I am working with troubled teens in a drama therapy program and doing weekly field trips with them. I love it.

We have been busy...thus the neglect of my blog.
But we are having fun, and so in love along the way.