I'm all about easy meals that I can set up and forget about while they cook themselves. This Whole30 compliant Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork fits that bill perfectly! This week's meal prep was actually quicker and easier than usual, because I made a couple of extra meals last weekend and stashed them in the freezer.
I also learned this week that carpet melts. Ugh. If you follow along on my stories, you know that my kitchen is pretty small, so when I meal prep, I quickly run out of space. It's not uncommon for me to move things to the living room to cool in there. Well, this week I was baking some oat muffins for my husband and had some extra batter, so I made two bigger muffins in ceramic dishes. After I pulled them out of the oven, I let them cool for several minutes, but then needed the counter space, so I transferred them to the living room, as I often do. I set them right in the middle of the floor in front of the door, because a nice breeze was coming in through the screen, and went on with my cooking. Later that evening I went to pack them up and lifted up the two ceramic bowls to find two big melted spots!! I've never had this happen with metal or glass before; apparently ceramic holds more heat?? Lesson learned....and we definitely won't be getting our full security deposit back on this place. Major bummer.
Here's this week's meal plan:
Breakfast: Yellow Curry with Chicken // I shared how to make this in the "wholedailylife" story highlight on the Barefoot Provisions Instagram, as well as in the comments of this post! The star of the show is the Yai's Thai Yellow Curry, which is so packed with flavor that you hardly need anything else! I just add some broth, a little bit of coconut milk, some chicken, and lots of veggies!
Lunch: No-Cook // This is my summertime staple, and I'm keeping it extra simple this week with just a bottle of Zupa and an easy protein, either Ayobayo or some canned salmon that I'll mix with mayo and balsamic. I'll also have some fruit! (15% off Zupa with code "wholedailylife" and 10% off Ayobayo on their site with the same code)
Dinner: Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork with Air Fried Potatoes and Arugula // This BBQ pork is a dish that I come back to often, because it literally takes 2 ingredients and 3 minutes of prep. All I do is cut up a package of pork tenderloin from US Wellness Meats (I buy all of my meat from them; top quality meat is important to me!) into 2" chunks, put it in my Instant Pot, and cover with 2/3 of a bottle of Tessemae's BBQ sauce. I cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, then let the pressure naturally release. After that, I shred the meat with two forks and add the rest of the BBQ sauce! For the potatoes, all I did was slice up some fingerling potatoes and toss them with about 1 tbsp oil before cooking them in my air fryer for about 25 minutes at 390. I'm still playing around with the air fryer (similar to this model, just got it for my birthday!), so if you want to follow along, be sure to watch my stories on Instagram!
Have a great week!