Food Brings People Together

Fall is a wonderful time of year.  It gets cooler, you can snuggle up, and it seems like we spend a lot more time with friends and family.  Every week is some fun event, birthdays, friendsgivings, family dinners- it is awesome.  One of my favorite things, as many of you know, is entertaining.  I absolutely love to cook.  My father was a chef and I have always grown up in the kitchen.  I truly believe that food brings people together.  That is why I am so excited about Walmart’s mission this season with #WalmartCommunityTable.  They are focusing on real food, organic fruits and vegetables and organic and sustainably sourced meats to help you make the best meals this season.  Walmart has a wide selection of organic foods for you and yours.  It makes me feel good knowing that I can purchase healthy, organic, responsibly sourced food for my family at our neighborhood Walmart. 

Living in Texas we are BIG Mexican food fans.  I wanted to share a recipe that I have tweaked over the years to make special for our family and friends.  It is always a hit when we have people over and it is so easy to make too.  I call it Pulled Verde Chicken.  We usually have it on tacos, but it would be good for salads or over rice as well. It is made in the crock pot, like I said, so simple!

I have purchased all my ingredients from Walmart– organic tomatoes, onion, limes, avocado, pork tenderloin, and so on.  Once I have everything gathered, I start with the meat.

I generously use salt, pepper, and cumin over the pork tenderloin.  I add a small scoop of minced garlic to the crockpot.  I place the pork in the pot as much in the center as possible.  I cut the onion into large chunks and place it around the pork.  I am not a huge onion fan, but it really does help with the flavoring on the meat.  After you place the meat and onions pour the bottle of Salsa Verde over everything.  Close the lid and cook on high for 1.5-2 hrs.  My crockpot is very hot so sometimes I will cook if for less.

After the meat has cooked take it out and place it on a cutting board.  Here you need to shred it.  I use two large forks and some muscle!  Once you get it all shredded you place it back into the crockpot on simmer or low for 45-60 mins.  After that it is finished!  So simple, right?

We usually put our meat over soft tortilla shells with cheese, tomatoes, and avocado.  You are welcome to add anything you like too! Maybe some diced jalapenos or sour cream!  It is up to you. 

This meal is simple and brings people together.  The pork is tender and juicy and tastes wonderful.  It is an easy meal for week nights or weekends to easily take to someone’s house or have people to your house to enjoy.  Tell me do you have any cozy-go-to recipes that really bring people together? Share them below with #WalmartCommunityTable!

Recipe:

1.5 Pork Tenderloin

1 Jar- Salsa Verde

½- white onion

Minced Garlic

Salt

Pepper

Cumin

For toppings-

Tomatoes

Avocado

Monterey Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Jalapeños

Generously salt, pepper, and cumin the pork.  Add tsp of minced garlic to the crockpot. Place the pork into the crockpot close to center as possible.  Slice the onions and spread around the pork.  Add the whole jar of Salsa Verde. Place on high for 1/5-2 hrs.  (My crockpot runs hot so I do it for about 1.5 hours) After that time take the pork out and shred it. Place the shredded pork back into the crockpot on low for 45-60mins.  Serve on tortillas, over rice, or on a salad!

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

This time of year we cannot be outside enough. Millie loves to go on walks multiple times a day. We walk up and down our street over and over. She likes to walk up to certain houses with fun holiday decor and ohh and ahh at them. It is so funny. There is a *tiny* hill between our neighbors house and ours. She will walk up it saying “HILL” like it is a huge mountain and run or roll down it over and over and over and over. She really does kill me.

In Dallas we usually have a short amount of time where we can really enjoy the outdoors. We have HOT summers and our winters are pretty chilly (to us at least). Overall we do not seem to have a lot of 70* weather days around here. That does not keep us locked up in the house though. There is nothing like the fresh air from being outside. I love to see Millie’s face when she finds something new on the ground. A stick, flowers, leaves, acorns, she will collect them all. A lot of the time we take a bag or bucket with us to collect all of our treasures. Not getting her to take all our findings inside has been a challenge, but I have convinced her to leave them on our front porch.

Since she loves finding items on our walks I decided to make a fun Fall Scavenger Hunt checklist! This is a FREE printable for you! These are items we would really find on our walks outside anyway, but it is a fun way to go on an adventure and find everything. On our list is different color leaves, acorns, small animals, a flag, bug, stick, and a couple more. You can save and print out the Fall Scavenger Hunt and use it as a checklist for your fall walks and adventures. You could even take it to the park with you too!

Tell me…what do you find on your walks?

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