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For a low-carb dinner, stuff this homemade pork carnitas recipe inside lettuce or cabbage leaves, or for a Mexican pork dinner, spoon it into tortillas.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

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Directions

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  • In a bowl combine the first eight ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Sprinkle half of the spice mixture all over the pork pieces; rub in with your fingers. Place roast pieces in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add water to cooker. Cover and cook on low 9 to 10 hours or on high 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

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  • Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from slow cooker. Using two forks, coarsely shred meat; discard any fat. In a bowl toss together meat, remaining spice mixture, and the onion.

  • Spoon meat mixture evenly onto lettuce leaves. Top with salsa. Roll leaves up around filling. If desired, serve with lime wedges and/or cilantro.

Finishing Option

For crisp carnitas, in a large skillet heat 1/3 cup canola oil over medium heat 2 minutes. Add half of the pork and half of the red onion. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until meat is browned and crisp on edges and onion is just tender, using a large spatula to turn meat and onion mixture once halfway through cooking. (Avoid stirring the mixture constantly or meat will not brown well.) Using a slotted spoon, remove meat and onion from oil; keep warm. Repeat with remaining meat and onion. If necessary, add additional oil for the second batch. Continue as directed in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas)

261 calories; 12 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 90 mg cholesterol; 593 mg sodium. 838 mg potassium; 8 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 30 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 2054 IU vitamin a; 12 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 7 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 49 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 58 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;

Tomato-Avocado Salsa - Low-Carb/Atkins

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  • Remove 1/2 teaspoons zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from lime. In a bowl combine zest, juice, and remaining ingredients.

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