Pulled Pineapple Pork in the Vitaclay Slowcooker, Plus a Giveaway!

This was my first experience using the Vitaclay Slowcooker, and I was a little skeptical about how it would work out. The company claims to cook in less than half the time as traditional slow cookers, but still yield a tender, juicy, delicious meals. I decided to make a simple pasture raised pork with garlic and pineapples. I was blown away at how easy it was to work with the Vitaclay, and how amazing my meal turned out. I’m excited to try making a chili next!

According to Vitaclay:

“We created VitaClay because we are committed to whole, real, non-toxic living in every aspect of life. One big aspect, especially for the real food community, is cooking at home. It can be difficult (and expensive) to find non-toxic cooking options! And we want to make cooking traditionally as easy and affordable as possible. Our clay pots are tested and verified free of any toxic contaminants, including heavy metals and chemicals. Our pots are non-stick, but not because we added any chemical non-stick coatings! We use a proprietary high-temperature water glazing process that strengthens the clay and gives it a non-stick, chemical free surface. Our pots are a great alternative to aluminum chemical-coated pots and pans, as well as low-grade stainless steel pots widely available today. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever cooked with clay before, but once you try it you will never go back! The taste! The texture! The nutrients! You won’t believe your mouth. Our electronic housing unit makes it easy and safe to cook while you’re not in the kitchen-you could be asleep or not in the house at all. Our newest models have special settings for yogurt as well!” 

Clay is the most traditional cooking material there is, and we believe it as also the best cooking material!”

I’m sharing this recipe today, and also excited about giving away a Vitaclay Slowcooker to a lucky winner!

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Ingredients: 

1 pasture raised pork shoulder (approx 2-3lbs)

1 can of Native Forest organic pineapple chunks (juice including)

2 TBS apple cider vinegar

3-5 cloves of garlic chopped

1/4 cup of chicken stock or water

Sea salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper to taste

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Directions:

Place everything in the clay slow cooker, cover, and cook for approximately 3 hours.

 

Enjoy! (yes, it really is as simple as that). Clean up was a breeze as well! No sticking!

 

 

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I have teamed up with Vitaclay, and we will be giving away one of these amazing clay slow cookers to one lucky winner!

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Enter here:

 

The contest starts 11/25/2015 at 12am EST, and ends on 12/2/2015 at 12am EST when we will announce one lucky winner!    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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$550 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

 

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Great things happen when bloggers unite… like this giveaway, for instance. 🙂

Are you ready to win a $550 Amazon Gift Card?

We can hear your inner voice: “Well, duh! How do I enter?”

Step 1: Click on the link below

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If you were to win the gift card, what would you purchase? Let us know in the comment section! It’s VERY possible that what you choose will be on our list for future giveaways. 🙂

Step 2: Sign up for my free guide on the side bar of my blog.

Already subscribed? You may move on to step 3.

 

Step 3: Rafflecopter Time!

Fill out the rafflecopter widget saying that you have signed up for my free guide. Rafflecopter will be choosing the winner at random so don’t forget this step!

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Step 4: Visit the blogs who contributed to this giveaway!

For more entries and thus an increased chance of winning, be sure to visit and subscribe to all of the blogs responsible for this giveaway. You can like them all on Facebook too! Your odds of winning will increase, so why not? 🙂

A winner will be chosen via rafflecopter.com. We will announce the lucky winner on Thursday, May 1, 2014. We will email the winner using the email address provided when entering the giveaway via the rafflecopter widget below. The winner will have 72 hours to respond of which then we will email the gift card. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone.

Sharing is Caring

We would love to give you extra entries for sharing this giveaway on Facebook, but it’s against Facebook’s rules. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t share it on Facebook regardless…we just can’t reward you like we want to. But, the more people that enter this giveaway, the more giveaways we will do, and the more valuable they will become.

And don’t be afraid to plus one this giveaway on Google Plus, too. We are giving away a $550 Amazon Gift Card after all!

Good luck!

Top 5 Finalists, Planetbox School Lunch Competition!

As you know Eric Hulse and I are running a school lunch competition and someone is winning a free Planetbox brand lunchbox!

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Eric and I received many beautiful pictures of school lunches. I am very impressed with what I have seen. This gives me hope that people are realizing the affect processed foods have on their children. Eric and I  narrowed it down to our top 5 favorite colorful, nutrient dense, and creative lunch combinations! We are excited to share our top 5 finalists with you, and you get to pick who wins the Planetbox by voting in the comment section!

 

Please vote by tomorrow, Sunday September 15th 2013 at 9pm EST!!! Just comment on my blog or Eric’s Blog as to which lunch is your favorite. The lunch with the top votes will win the Planetbox!

 

 

1. Crystal’s Paleo Sushi Rolls:

“My daughters lunch we call it paleo “sushi” rolls it is sliced chicken breast with shredded carrots and cucumber and avocado stuffed inside. Mango on the side and raisins, cranberries and cashews mixed”

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2. Carlene’s Eggs and Chicken
“Eggs, Brazil and macadamia nuts, broccoli, carrot, capsicum, grape tomatoes, mandarin and strawberries, grilled chicken and sweet potato”

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3. Heather’s Eggs and Sausage

“Boiled egg, fresh sausage that we processed ourselves, and red/green/yellow peppers. I also added some berries and some leftover sauteed squash. He came home asking me to pack him the same lunch tomorrow!”

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4. April’s Egg Rolls

“This one is “egg rolls” omelet style egg, rolled up with nitrate free ham and organic sautéed spinach, nitrate free bacon and organic guac “bites”, organic strawberries and grapes, organic baby carrots and half a hard boiled egg per my sons request ;)”

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5. Louise’s Mexican style egg muffins

“Mexican style egg muffin,  grass fed beef, unsweetened  apple sauce and fruit snacks.  Happy lunch.  This was at the start of school.  Figs are in season so he has been very happy this week.  Thanks for your inspiration.”

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Please let us know in the comment section which lunch is your favorite! The winner will be announced on Monday!!! Good luck to our finalists 🙂

School Lunch Contest and Planetbox Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am so excited to announce this contest I am running with my dear friend Eric over at www.erichulse.com.

 

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Eric is a holistic health and lifestyle coach, Author, and teacher. Eric sees first hand the affect that eating processed foods has on today’s children.  We are both passionate about nurturing today’s children with real, nutrient dense, whole foods. Eating real food nourishes your child’s body so they can not only function throughout the day but also feel good. Eating real food helps to develop their eyesight, memory, concentration, focus, and gives them energy while they go about their day.  Many children muddle through the day and get by. They get use to feeling tired, sick, or even a little off. It is our job as adults to change this, and take care of their little bodies. We want our children to feel their best. They learn through what we teach. By feeding them real foods you are NOT….I repeat you are NOT depriving them. They will learn the difference in how they feel, and will learn to enjoy a variety of healthy, real foods. I guarantee they will surprise you!

 

It is challenging because culturally we are so far removed from real food, that we truly believe packaged food is real food. We blame all these sicknesses, diseases and ailments on “aging” and “getting old” It may be convenient and less expensive to buy this stuff, but it is hurting our children and setting them up for lifelong struggles that could easily be avoided. I was saddened by the “healthy snack” list at our school, which included go-gurts and graham crackers. This might come across as bold, but I am tired of playing nice and turning the blind cheek when it comes to this. Eating foods like these just makes children feel more hungry, because they are not getting the nutrient absorption their bodies need. The blood sugar spikes and plummets leaves them feeling drained. Not to mention the toll these foods have on their gut, setting them up for future autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, celiacs, asthma, diabetes, lupus and the list goes on and on. Just because something is marketed as “whole grain” or “healthy” doesn’t mean that it is. “whole grain” is a loaded term that means nothing. Grains are digested as sugar, and also block nutrient absorption. We have been brainwashed by the media, and it’s time we stop this nonsense and nourish our children with real food. It may cost more and take more time, but overall you are avoiding years of unnecessary struggling.

 

Now that I have that off my chest, I’m going to announce our awesome school lunch contest and giveaway! We are so excited to have our readers involved with this…we hope to start a real food school lunch revolution! We can do this. YOU can do this! This is our first giveaway and we are just thrilled about it!

 

 

Eric and I will be giving away a planetbox lunchbox!

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Planetbox is stainless steel, durable, and lasts for many years. You no longer need separate containers that get lost or thrown in the trash. It comes with separate “dip” containers that are great for paleo dips and sauces to dip the meat in. Planetbox makes it easy to pack real food. Often times my son Joshua gets leftovers from dinner the night before. HERE is a link to a month of Joshua’s school lunches in the planetbox!

Eric and I will be giving away one of these amazing lunchboxes!

Here is how to enter:

1. E-mail Either Eric or I a picture and description of one of your home packed school lunches between Wed and Fri (the 11th through 13th) of this week. The deadline for entries is Friday the 13th 9pm EST.

Eric’s e-mail: erichulse.wellness@gmail.com

Primal Bliss e-mail: primalblissnutrition@gmail.com

2. Eric and I will narrow it down to our favorite 5 lunches. We will be looking for nutrient dense foods, variety, and of course fun!

3. We will then post our 5 favorite lunches on our blogs and let you vote on your favorite one in the comment section of our blogs throughout the weekend.

4. On Monday September 16th we will announce the winner that you chose, and send that individual their very own planetbox!

We also ask those that enter to “like” us on Facebook and Subscribe to our blogs!

Eric on Facebook: www.facebook.com/erichulsewellness

Primal Bliss on Facebook: www.facebook.com/primalblissnutrition

Good luck!!!