Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork: A Low Sodium Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork: A Low Sodium Recipe #SoFab

Low Sodium Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

We love a good pulled pork sandwich that’s full of satisfying flavors for a hearty lunch or a quick dinner with leftover pork when we’re strapped for time. If you’ve recently smoked a tenderloin or cooked a pork roast in the Crock Pot, it’s likely you have leftovers and that’s where this easy, heart-healthy recipe comes in handy. Pork is one of our favorite meats, but since it is higher in sodium than other meats, we always watch the sodium we add to it when cooking our favorite meals without sacrificing flavor. These simple and delicious Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches are one of our favorite go-to meals for that reason.

Homemade Low Sodium Sweet and Spicy BB!Q Sauce #SoFab

The secret to making a good meal great is always in the sauce, marinade, or seasonings. Our favorite homemade low-sodium barbecue sauce delivers an amazing flavor combination that’s like a party in your mouth without all of the salt. It’s simple to make in bulk and store in the refrigerator just like the store-bought varieties without all of the added sodium.

Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork: A Low Sodium Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Low Sodium Dinner
Ingredients
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp no salt butter
  • 1 cup lower sodium ketchup
  • ½ cup beer (You can use non-alcoholic beer as well. This helps to break down the acids in the ketchup.)
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup low sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 finely chopped small red sweet pepper or jalepeño for added heat
  • 1 tbsp lower sodium steak sauce
  • 10 dashes organic hot sauce
  • For the Sandwiches:
  • 2 cups pulled or shredded pork
  • 1 low sodium barbecue sauce, more if you prefer your BBQ really saucy
  • Gluten-free or whole wheat thin buns
  • Mozzarella cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Sauce Instructions:
  2. Place the butter in a large, deep frying pan and melt.
  3. Add the minced garlic, sweet pepper, and onion to the pan. Fry in the butter until tender.
  4. Pour in all of the wet ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Pulled Pork Sandwich Instructions:
  7. Pull or shred pork and place in a frying pan on the stove top.
  8. Pour in BBQ sauce and stir.
  9. Cook over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  10. Serve on gluten-free or whole wheat thin buns.

Pair these delicious, healthier sandwiches with your favorite no-salt added beans and bread and butter pickles for an amazing meal the whole family will love. We hope that you’ll enjoy these low sodium BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches as much as we do. If you love this recipe, head over to our Low Sodium Recipe Index for many more ideas for lowering the sodium content in your diet. To get more recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook and follow along on Pinterest. Enjoy!

The 5 Best Brownie Recipes You’ll Ever Try

The 5 best brownie recipes you'll ever try #SoFab

Our 5 Favorite Brownie Recipes for Spring

Everyone loves brownies and traditional brownies are always delicious, but sometimes we like to change things up a bit to make dessert more exciting. In our hunt for the perfect brownie recipe, we’ve come across so many that we love, but we’re here to share our absolute favorites with you. These are the 5 best brownie recipes you’ll ever try!

  1. Is there any better way to embrace the flavors of spring than with a bright, lemony dessert? These Lemon Brownies are simply delicious and they are perfect for springtime parties.
  2. These Peanut Butter Cookie Brownie Cups are nothing short of genius. Cookie dough with a peanut butter cup center covered in brownie mix? Yes, please.
  3. You can’t go wrong with these Salted Caramel Snack Attack Brownies. These brownies are covered in a homemade sweet caramel sauce with potato chip sticks, peanuts, and toffee on top. This is quite possibly the perfect sweet and salty treat ever created.
  4. These Lemon White Chocolate Blondies are perfect buttery yellow cookie bars infused with lemon and white chocolate flavors. This is a delectable dessert for springtime, summertime, or anytime!
  5. Lemon Blueberry Brownies are moist, sticky, and slightly tart cake-like lemon brownies with sweet, juicy blueberries added for fun and flavor. This recipe is great for an easy dessert or afternoon snack.

We hope you enjoy these decadent brownie recipes as much as we do. If you love these recipes, stop by our Desserts section to find more like them. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so that you never miss a single recipe, and you can visit our Pinterest boards for even more incredible dessert ideas. Enjoy!

Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salads

6 Pasta Salads that are perfect for picnics! #SoFab

6 Pasta Salads that are perfect for your next family picnic!

We love pasta salads because they are perfect for springtime picnics, as a side dish to a family meal, or even as a hearty lunch all by themselves. There are so many different types of pastas and the vegetables and sauces you can use in pasta salads can vary so greatly that you can create a new version each time depending on your taste preferences. We found 6 pasta salad recipes that we absolutely love and we couldn’t wait to share them with you.

  • This hearty dish might just be our Favorite Pasta Salad. It’s highly customizable so you can take the basis of this recipe and switch it up a bit depending on what you already have in your refrigerator and pantry.
  • This mayonnaise-based Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta Salad is packed with flavor. Tossed with a lemony dressing, it’s a simple yet sophisticated salad that would pair perfectly with chicken for dinner.
  • If you have leftover spaghetti noodles, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe for Spaghetti Salad. Simply mix the noodle with fresh vegetables and McCormick’s Salad Supreme for a delicious pasta salad the whole family will love.
  • This Pepper and Broccoli Pasta Salad is colorful, simple to make, and completely satisfying. This pasta salad is great for a barbecue, potluck, or as side dish. It is deliciously creamy and you will probably make it more than once.
  • With a vinegar-based dressing and loads of fresh vegetables, this Pasta and Cucumber Salad would be a huge hit at your next family picnic.
  • If you love Walmart’s version of Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad, you’ll definitely want to try this copycat recipe. Instead of heading to the store to buy gallons for your next party, make it at home instead.

We hope you enjoy the flavors of spring with these 6 colorful and simple pasta salads as much as we do. If you enjoyed these easy meal enhancers, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms #SoFab

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great source of protein and serving up Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms for dinner is one of our favorite meatless meals. So many different cheeses and vegetables pair perfectly with the portobello so the flavor combinations are endless. You can bake these in the oven or cook them on the grill. Either way, they are delicious as a main course or hearty side dish. For this recipe, we used peppers, onions, a blend of cheeses, and sprouted bread, but you can just use course bread crumbs if that’s all that’s available.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Pieces Sprouted Bread
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Wash mushrooms and scoop out stems.
  2. Chop your green pepper and onion and sauté in olive oil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Chop the bread up into small crouton-like pieces and mix with vegetables and cheeses.
  4. Fill mushroom caps with above mixture.
  5. Bake in the oven at 325º for 30 min, or cook on the grill until the cheese has melted and the mushroom is tender.

We hope you enjoy this recipe for Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms as much as we do. If you love this healthy dinner idea, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Spring Cocktails

12 Deliciously Fruity Spring Cocktails #SoFab

12 Deliciously Fruity Spring Cocktails

Spring is in the air and most of the nation is enjoying warmer weather which means more time outdoors on the weekends relaxing with family and friends. What better way to celebrate the season than gathering with friends on the back porch just sitting, relaxing, and enjoying great conversation and a delicious cocktail? With so many fresh fruits now in season, we thought we’d share our 12 favorite Fruity Spring Cocktails with you to help you plan for your next weekend gathering.

  • Fresh orange juice, vanilla vodka, and Grand Marnier take center stage for this bright and cheery Sunrise Spritzer Cocktail. Add a little maraschino cherry juice and some club soda for the perfect springtime cocktail.
  • Passion fruit, blood red orange, and pineapple juices make this champagne-based Lascivious Love Potion cocktail a tropical taste sensation that everyone will enjoy.
  • Spice up your next party with this cocktail recipe for Jalapeño Blood Orange Sangria. Fresh citrus fruit and jalapeños make this white wine based drink a real winner in our book.
  • Sake and vodka pair beautifully with pineapple and papaya in this Pineapple Saketini. With flavors of the tropics, you’ll feel like you’re on the beach with each sip.
  • This Cherry Bomb Skinny Cocktail is a light and fruity drink that’s reminiscent of a Shirley Temple and lighter in calories than most alcoholic drinks.
  • Moscow Mules are all the rage these days, but this recipe for a Blueberry Moscow Mule is definitely our favorite variety. Fresh blueberries give this version a taste like no other.
  • The crisp flavor of apples combined with vodka and whipping cream makes this Whipped Apple Cocktail the perfect after-dinner drink on a warm spring evening.
  • This Cucumber Mint Martini is as beautiful as it is delicious. There’s just something so refreshing about the cucumber and mint combination that we simply can’t resist.
  • If you’re having an outdoor party, we know your guests would love these Raspberry Margaritas. Fruity and refreshing, margaritas are easy to make in batches so that you’re certain to be able to serve up all of your guests.
  • This simple White Wine Sangria gets its delicious flavor from strawberries, peaches, and a white grape and peach juice blend. Everybody loves a good sangria!
  • Planning a fiesta? Have plenty of these Refreshing Kiwi Lime Margaritas ready for your guests. They’ll love the sweet and salty flavor combination of this cocktail.
  • Moscato wine is the base for this Peach Blueberry Sangria that’s simple to make and bursting with the flavors of spring.

These 12 Fruity Cocktails are absolutely perfect for springtime gatherings with friends. If you love these refreshing cocktail recipes, be sure to visit our Drinks Section for more like them. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing for spring. Enjoy!