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Pork Chili Verde

An oldie, but goodie. Was looking for something hearty, satisfying and healthy to serve at a large dinner and came across an old recipe my mother sent my way. If you’re intimidated by the fresh jalapeno for fear of spice, cut to just 1 (original recipe called for 3 to 4, was too much for me). The chili was a crowd favorite. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

3 lbs Boneless Pork Loin* (cubed)  *I prefer pork shoulder – the extra fat leads to a richer/soupier chili.

1 Cup Cilantro (chopped and lightly packed)

1 onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 Tbs black pepper

2 Large fresh jalapeno (diced)

1 4oz can diced jalapenos

1 4oz can diced green chilis

1 tea sea salt

Instructions:

Put all ingredients together in heavy pot/dutch oven. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat to low and simmer for 2.5 hours. If using pork loin, may need to add water or chicken broth if looking dry.

Serve with tortillas, avocado, limes, extra jalapeno, sour cream, hot sauce – whatever you’d like! I also served with Cilantro-Lime Rice and a sweeter salad to take the heat off the chili.

Only eat what you prepare – What a thrilling idea!

I’m in the middle of reading “Cooked” by Michael Pollan. If you are a follower of this blog, you should be painfully aware that I firmly believe in what Pollan preaches (both in this book and in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”).

Here is my favorite moment from the book so far. I’m going to strive to live it – I challenge you to do the same.

Pollan is asking Harry Balzer how he would suggest changing the eating habits to help American’s undo some of the damage the current modern industrialized food diet has caused. Balzer’s answer:

“Easy. You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. Cook it yourself. Eat anything you want–just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”

Next time you reach for the cookies, cake, tortilla chips, candy and numerous other “quick” food items, think of that one statement. If you had to cook the cake before you could eat it: go to the store, get the ingredients, prepare the batter, wait for it to be done baking and only THEN could eat the cake – would you still go through the trouble? I know it would reduce the number of unhealthy foods going into my body.

Great book – you should read it.