My best friend from high school is pregnant with baby #2. If there’s anything in the world I can empathize with, it’s morning sickness [I deal with hyperemesis gravidarum]. So when I got a text asking how to cope with preparing food for a toddler while wanting to puke constantly, I immediately wanted to bring them a meal. I literally can’t cook anything for my family for the first 18 weeks of my pregnancies – meals from friends and family were such a blessing to us. As I’ve said before, I’m so thankful that God can use the trials we suffer through to grow our compassion for others when they face the same experiences.
Sometimes I have all the time and resources to go to great lengths with meals, other times I have to throw something together quickly and pray it’s helpful. I know most people don’t have the same food convictions I do, but I try not to purchase or make anything for someone that I wouldn’t eat. If I’m in a pinch, I buy the best I can with what I can find in the store.
One of our favorite meals, when we were still eating grains [and more processed food], was Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches. We dumped a jar of BBQ sauce on a pork roast, zested and juiced an orange, and called it good. I figured this would be a quick and easy meal for a family that isn’t eating grain free. [We made this the following night, for ourselves, and used the “Regular” version of THIS homemade BBQ sauce recipe, substituting the butter for coconut oil.] If you’re grain free like we are, you could serve this on grain free tortillas or on top of a white or sweet baked potato!
I loaded the crock pot with pork and BBQ sauce, diced an onion, zested the orange, and Emery juiced the orange.
We also bought them:
- potato chips [i meant to buy the avocado oil version of this brand – oops!]
- Bubbies pickles [the only legitimately fermented store-bought pickles you can buy. Not only do pickles go great with BBQ, but she’s pregnant – no brainer.]
- a loaf of gluten free bread. [I didn’t not read the ingredients on this, so I can’t recommend it]
- We also had peeled and chopped carrot sticks, but we forgot to bring them
It was quick and easy to throw together. Sometimes, the only way I can help someone is if it requires minimal work. I don’t want our health needs to keep us from being able to serve others, but I also need to be realistic about what I can handle. This week, a crock pot entree with store-bought sides were the best option for us. And we got a thumbs up from my friend, which is a huge deal for a mama in her first trimester! I was nervous to even bring the food into her house, for fear she would get sick when she smelled it – what a blessing to know she was able to eat it! We figured at the very least, we would be providing food for her son and husband Hope this recipe helps if you need a quick meal for a friend!
- 3 lb pork roast
- 2+ cups BBQ sauce [you could find a real food, gluten free one at the store or try the one from the link above]
- 1 orange [zest and juice]
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- sea salt
- Salt both sides of the roast, place in crock pot on Low.
- Zest orange straight into the crock pot
- Slice and juice orange, pour on top of pork.
- Top with onions, cover with BBQ sauce.
- Place lid on crock pot and leave for about 6 hours, or until meat easily comes apart with a fork.
- Shred meat with 2 forks and let sit in crock pot for about 15-30 minutes while the meat soaks up the juices.
- Serve on gluten free bread, tortillas, rice, or baked potatoes [white or sweet]