Pulled pork is delicious, and definitely worth the wait of it cooking in the slow cooker, but unless you’re cooking for a crowd, you’ll probably have leftover. I’ve already made a burrito to use up leftover pulled pork. But one way of using up leftovers is not enough! Thus, pulled pork grilled cheese was born. Now as I believe I’ve mentioned before, I normally don’t include meat in my grilled cheese sandwiches. If you start loading it up with too much stuff it loses its distinction as grilled cheese and becomes just a sandwich. I made an exception this time for two reasons. One, there was pretty much just the perfect amount of the pork left for a grilled cheese sized sandwich and two, there’s still twice as much cheese as pork. Also I was kind of inspired by a pulled pork sandwich I had in a restaurant recently that was topped with a cheese sauce.
I tried making a watermelon smoothie in the past and found it to be too watery, but I’d been eating a lot of good watermelon this year and wanted to try again. I also had a lot of blueberries lying around, so I decided to combine the two. This is somewhat similar to the Blueberry Melon smoothie I made last year, but the flavors are different enough that I think they can stand on their own as individual smoothies. Fortunately this time the smoothie didn’t turn out too watery. Most likely due to the addition of yogurt this time instead of just using milk like I did last time. It wasn’t the thickest smoothie in the world, but it wasn’t just a juice drink either. But it was still nice and refreshing.
So I’ve gone on a few tangents here and there, before on PCFG about peanut butter being godly, especially when paired with pretzels. Specifically, one of the greater marvels of the 21st century we’ve been treated to is the invention of peanut-butter-filled pretzels. Generally, they’re nugget shapes, with a small dab of peanut butter inside. They taste amazing, but unfortunately are somewhat of a luxury item as well, since most containers/bags will run you close to $5.00, which is a bit pricey for something you can easily devour over the course of three or four days.
They’re pretty good, but for anyone out there who doesn’t like dropping five bucks on a single snack, there’s hope.
Full disclosure: any smoothie recipe posted that features bananas is one of Erik’s creations. I don’t like the flavor of bananas. The only banana thing I like is my mom’s banana bread because it doesn’t taste all that much like bananas. Anyway, back when Erik fought in martial arts shows, he devised his very own protein shake! All in all, it will net you between 40-50g of protein, and on top of that has lots of other great nutrients for you to enjoy in your sweaty, post-workout clothes! Besides that, this peanut butter shake can be made ‘just cuz’ if you’re in the mood for a nice yummy, peanut buttery treat, simply omit the raw eggs and wheat germ for something more dessert-like.
What do you do when you have a big half of a papaya left? Make another smoothie of course! I wasn’t entirely sure what fruit would go well with the papaya, but then I remembered I had some frozen blueberries in the freezer that needed to be used. The flavor combination worked pretty well, despite one being a tropical fruit and the other being an American wild berry. Like the papaya smoothie it still had a rather thick texture from the papaya, but the blueberries helped break it up a bit.