Fun with Pulled Pork!

Did someone say pulled pork? Yes, please! Always mouthwateringly delicious, pulled pork is a go-to when in need of a good barbecue dish. We love it straight out of the crockpot, but its great to mix it up as well. Sandwiches, sliders, grilled cheese, you name it we have a recipe for it. Check out our favorite, fun pulled pork plates!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Featuring PICS Boneless Pork Loin, these Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches hit the spot! Add some avocado, pico de gallo, and/or cilantro for the ultimate flavor experience.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders: Break out the Hawaiian rolls for these tasty Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders. Pork, pineapple, and honey-flavored barbecue sauce come together in perfect harmony.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider-Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese: With fall coming up and the weather cooling down, it’s time to implement this Slow Cooker Apple Cider-Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese into your at-home menu.

Instant Pot® IPA-Braised Pulled Pork Tostadas: These tasty tostadas will have you coming back for more! Top with avocado, green cabbage, queso fresco, corn, and radish for the best taste.

Carolina-Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Take your tastebuds on a trip down south with this classic Carolina Pulled Pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Pulled Pork Melts: Sticking with the slow cooker for these Maple Dijon Pulled Pork Melts. Try these irresistible sandwiches on a baguette and fall in love with flavor.

Asian Pulled Pork Sliders: Add an Asian Chopped Salad Kit and some soy sauce to your pork for these awesome Asian-Style Pulled Pork Sliders. This recipe throws in a nice twist to a classic dish.

Wow, now we’re hungry! If you’re in the mood for pulled pork try out one of these recipes for yourself. Visit your local Price Chopper & Market 32 or shop with us online for all your pulled pork needs.

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3 Tips for Choosing Heart Healthy Pork

Monica Stewart, MS, RD

Monica Stewart, MS, RD

Tyson Foods, Inc.

A Google search for “heart healthy foods” produces thousands of food lists including fruits and vegetables like berries, avocados, leafy greens and grapes, along with other foods like walnuts, olive oil and whole grains. While a heart healthy diet is an important factor in lowering the risk of heart disease, knowing exactly what foods to choose can sometimes be a challenge. 

When I asked my husband “What comes to mind when you think of heart healthy foods?” He responded without hesitation, “Fruits and vegetables.”  For fun, I asked my nine-year-old daughter the same question. Her response was similar, “Apples and bananas.” And in true kid fashion, followed that with a question. “Mom, is protein healthy?”

Based on my fun family poll and quick Google search, I think it’s safe to assume most people know that fruits and vegetables are heart healthy but like my nine-year-old points out, when it comes to protein, including pork, the answers aren’t so obvious.

Heart healthy foods are lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. When you’re at the meat case, try these three tips to help you shop smarter:

 

  1. Focus on extra lean meats. Extra lean meats, including pork, can fit into a heart healthy diet.  The key is knowing which cuts are extra lean. These contain less than 5 grams of total fat, less than 2 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per 100 grams of product and per labeled serving size*1.  For pork, this includes boneless pork sirloin roast and pork tenderloin.
  2. Watch out for sodium content. Single ingredient meats with no solution added will offer the lowest sodium value. Read through the ingredient statement on the package and compare sodium content on the nutrition facts panel to help you choose a protein with a responsible sodium content. Aim for less than 360 mg per serving.
  3. Look for the American Heart Association Heart Check certification on packages. This tip takes all the guesswork out because products bearing this claim must meet specific nutrition criteria that includes maximum values for saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium2. The Chairman’s Reserve® Prime Pork tenderloin is heart healthy certified, making it a great choice that ensures a heart healthy protein on your plate.

Remember to choose a variety of foods from all food groups. You can find heart healthy recipes for pork from the American Heart Association. A thoughtful portion of fully cooked lean meat is three ounces, which is about the size of the palm of your hand.  When preparing your meal, use your plate as a guide and make half your plate fruits and vegetables, while leaving the other half for extra lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

* Labeled serving size is determined by the reference amount, which reflects the amount of food customarily consumed per eating occasion.

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