Mexican Stewed Pork

I concocted this Induction friendly dish tonight and it was quite delish!  It gives a little tingle on your tongue from spice, but I would by no means call this dish hot!  Guajillo chiles are barely hot at all actually.  They are sold dried in bags at your local grocery store’s produce or latino foods section.  Many reconstitute them in warm water before using, but I find they soften in the recipe moisture just fine as a rule.

For those not on Atkins, this would be very good over rice rather than the spaghetti squash.   A serving of this dish, using the spaghetti squash for the base, provides 45% RDA vitamin B6, 35% B12, 68% vitamin C, 37% copper, 40% Iron, 43% niacin, 32% phosphorous, 35% riboflavin, 47% selenium, 81% thiamin, 43% zinc.  Pretty impressive nutrient stats, huh? So although it’s a bit carb pricey, you reap many nutrients from this dish.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. cubed pork (I use boston butt roast)

2 T. olive oil

3 oz. chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 oz. green bell pepper, diced large

2 oz. red bell pepper, diced large

14 oz. can of diced or crushed tomatoes

1 c. pork broth (I save all pork broth from roasts and freeze for such occasions)

½ c. chopped cilantro leaves

½ 2 lb. spaghetti squash

½ tsp. ground cumin

Dash salt, black pepper and chili powder

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

1-2 tsp. guajillo chile (about 1 chile), seeded and chopped coarsely (See picture)

DIRECTIONS: Brown pork cubes well on all sides in olive oil over high heat.  Add  all remaining ingredients except the xanthan gum and spaghetti squash, which is what the stew will be served atop.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 1 hour or until meat is tender.  Microwave on HI half the 2 lb. spaghetti squash, cut side down in ½” water for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, scoop off seeds and discard.  Fork out threads (will make about 2-3 cups threads) into serving dish.    Serve stewed meat over the spaghetti squash.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing:

284 calories

16.18 g  fat

16.75 g  carbs

4.2 g  fiber

12.55 g  NET CARBS

20 g  protein

555 mg sodium

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