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THE BEST, EASIEST SLOW COOKER RIBS

When I say the best – I’m not making grand claims here, this recipe simply is THE BEST ribs recipe you will ever come across.  I say this because I have experimented with different methods of making ribs and this combination of slow cooking the meat in the sauce for a few hours and then transferring the tender rack(s) of ribs to the barbecue just makes the most delectable result with barely any effort.

Slow Cooker Ribs | Foodie for the Soul

Slow Cooker Ribs | Foodie for the Soul
Realistically, you could just slow cook the ribs and then broil for a few minutes in the oven as well until the edges get nicely caramelized and a bit burnt.  Either way you choose, it’s the slow cooker that does the bulk of the work and you never have to worry that the meat won’t be fall off the bone.

Please don’t skip any of the steps as much as you can – particularly the seasoning of the meat before placing it in the slow cooker is key to getting the maximum amount of flavour and tenderness that you can.  Check out the recipe after the jump!

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AVOCADO CREMA

Okay, so I just posted my homemade chicken fajitas recipe (click here for it if you missed it) and I was thinking it was probably time to share what was topping them – avocado crema.  Yes, the creamy mixture drizzled on the fajita below is not just regular old sour cream (which I adore and will gladly eat by the container), but a version with some kick.

Chicken Fajitas | Foodie for the Soul

Avocado Crema | Foodie for the Soul

For the cilantro haters out there, you could easily substitute the cilantro in this for the same amount of parsley (like we did in the pico de gallo recipe here) – but for the record, I used cilantro in this and there were no complaints from my boyfriend!  It really just gives the creamy avocado a nice green flavour with the lightly spicy fresh garlic.  This stuff is so easy to throw in a blender and store in a squeeze bottle.  Try this on a variety of foods – fajitas/tacos, nachos, baked potato, salad, wraps and sandwiches!  This sauce is so versatile.  Check out this recipe after the cut.

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SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

Who doesn’t love pulled pork?  This recipe is tried and true, extra moist and so easy to make!  Honestly, I can never pass up anything made in the slow cooker – you’re guaranteed lots of flavour and a whole meal in just a few hours letting the machine do the work.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

One meal my boyfriend and I love for an easy dinner is slow cooker pulled pork.  This recipe is made with pork tenderloin, but you can also use a pork roast and it’ll do the same job.  This version is also made with a homemade BBQ sauce which is separated from the pork and reduced prior to pulling the meat (see that delicious dark sauce on the sandwich?  That’s our sauce!).

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

If you feel like taking it a step further and going extra fancy, the lighter sauce on the sandwich is a homemade garlic aioli.  Read more to see the recipe for the pulled pork and BBQ sauce below (garlic aioli recipe is coming soon!).

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BETTER THAN CHIPOTLE PICO DE GALLO

Okay, so I know these are grand claims – trust me, I’m a huge (yuuuuge) Chipotle fan.  But something I’ve realized over time is homemade is always better.  I don’t know if it’s the beauty of knowing where your ingredients are from, handling them yourself and being able to make special touches based on your taste, but this pico de gallo recipe is one of my favourites and is easy to personalize.

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Case in point – the boyfriend hates cilantro, so that would be why the green bits in there are actually parsley!  Yes, after some experimenting I realized that while cilantro and parsley have much different tastes, parsley actually completely works in pico de gallo and other mexican-inspired meals.  If you have a picky cilantro eater, try replacing with parsley to still get that green kick!

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Pair this recipe with chips like in the picture, or pair it with fajitas/tacos, nachos, top a salad or steak – this really is a super versatile side that tastes a bit more perked up than your usual grocery store salsa.

 

Check out this great recipe after the jump just in time for summer – this will taste fresh no matter the season!

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