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Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make! Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Welcome to another week in the 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge hosted by Glitter on a Dime!  It’s a great challenge for those of us that have become Pinterest hoarders.  We’re all just waiting for the day when we’ll actually do some of those pins!

This past week, I decided to try my hands at a recipe for BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from this pin.  It was definitely a Pinterest success!  Read on for all the details!  🙂

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Just like last week’s Pinterest attempt, I tried another Weight Watchers recipe.  I’ve been on WW since Dec. 31, and while I’ve had more cheat days than I would care to admit, I have lost 4 pounds so far and I’m quite happy with that.  My goal is to lose 15 lbs. by the end of March.  So far, I’m on a pretty good track!

Now, before we tackle this recipe, here’s one thing you should know.  I have grown up on Memphis-style BBQ, and have a certain taste expectation.  I’ve tried BBQ in other areas of the country, and if you like a sweet BBQ like I do, the best place you’ll find that is in Memphis.  Needless to say, I was a little nervous trying out a sauce recipe completely from scratch.  But on the flip side, I did like knowing exactly everything that went into it.  

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Here’s the full recipe –

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 pork loin chops

First, line your crock pot with a crock pot liner.  Trust me, clean up will be soooo much easier if you do!  Next, add the tomato sauce, honey and all seasonings and mix well.  This recipe makes a LOT of sauce, so you might be able to double up on your pork chops if you need to feed a large crowd.

Next, add your pork chops.  Spoon your sauce mixture over them until completely covered.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours.  Meat will literally fall apart when done!  Gently separate meat with a pair of forks.  Serve on your bread of choice.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

I served these on Healthy Life Wheat Sandwich Buns.  It’s not what I originally had in mind, but when you’re counting every single point, you can’t afford to waist them on bread.  These were only 2 points per bun!

And the sauce came out quite well – much better than I expected!  I was a little nervous adding vinegar to the mix because there are some vinegar-based BBQ sauces that are not my cup of tea.  I prefer a sweet BBQ sauce, and the honey gave this sauce just the right amount of sweet flavor!

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

When you live in the South, particularly in the Memphis area, it’s a given that you’ll be eating a lot of BBQ pulled pork.  I mean, you’re almost not really from Memphis if you don’t!  While I’ll leave the smoking and rib-making to the experts, I will definitely add this recipe to my dinner rotation and make it again.

As for the WW points, a serving size of BBQ pulled pork (about 1/2 of one pork chop) is just 6 Points Plus.  Add that with the bun and it’s just 8 points total. 

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  4. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  5. 1/4 cup honey
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 4 pork loin chops
Instructions
  1. Place liner inside crockpot (optional)
  2. Mix sauce, honey and all seasonings in crockpot.
  3. Lay pork chops in sauce and spoon sauce over chops until covered.
  4. Cook on high 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours until chops reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. Serve alone or with your choice of bun.
Notes
  1. Recipe makes a lot of sauce, so you may want to double up your pork chops.
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Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes – 52 Weeks of Pinterest

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

I came across the coolest challenge earlier tonight – 52 Weeks of Pinterest.  If you’re like me, you’ve pinned and pinned so many things that you think you’ll get around to doing one day.  Well, today is that day.  🙂  

Introducing the 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge!  I found this over at Glitter on a Dime, and right away, I knew I had to participate in it, too.  I’ve been pinning on Pinterest like crazy lately, mostly Weight Watchers recipe ideas since once of my 2018 New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight.  And just within the past week, I’ve been trying some of them out.  That means this challenge came along at the perfect time!  Since I missed being able to post last week, I’m going to double up on posting this week.

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52 Weeks of Pinterest

My first Pinterest venture were these really tasty looking Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes.  (And just to be clear on the WW version I follow, I’m using the Points Plus system.)  I had already been on the diet for about 4 days, and my sweet tooth had come around to say “hello.”  Fruit was not cutting it anymore…this girl was craving chocolate.  Needless to say, I was so very excited to find this recipe

Now, the blog post is about 6 years old, and I don’t think it’s been updated or offers any new comments from the main author, but the relevant points are all there.  I mean, the chocolate points are really all that matter, right?  😉

I had both the cake mix and the soda on hand in my kitchen, so this was already an “eating from my pantry” success story before even being able to taste them.  

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

Here’s the gist of the recipe –

  • One box of cake mix (any type of chocolate flavor will do, but I used Devil’s Food Cake for this recipe)
  • One 12 oz. can of diet sodaDiet Dr. Pepper was what I had on hand
  • Bake according to the temperature on the cake mix box, and make exactly 20 cupcakes.
  • Cook for approx. 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

That’s literally it.  No, I’m not kidding.

I couldn’t believe that I didn’t need to add anything else.  No oil, eggs, water…nada.  Just the mix and the soda.  But here’s a tip – dark mixes need to go with dark sodas.  I’m planning to try this with a white or yellow mix and a Sprite Zero, so we’ll see how it compares.

Now, the one area where I didn’t match the original recipe was the cooking time.  She stated that she only needed to cook hers for 10 minutes; mine took closer to 15.  I tested them at 10 minutes, but my toothpick did not come back clean until after 15-16 minutes.  But hey, every oven is different.

How did they taste?

Simply delicious.

I mean, really.  They were so light and moist.  It is a slightly different texture from a cake that has eggs, oil, etc. in it, but trust me, these were great for only being 2 WW points.  And they filled the immediate sweet tooth I had.

However, I do have one small observation/complaint.  After a few days, they get almost too moist.  The cupcake wrappers have started to separate from the cake, and they stick to my teeth more now than they did during the first 48 hours since baking.

Would I make them again?

Definitely.  What’s not to love about chocolate?  And I love the cracked top – reminds me of a cookie.  😉

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

If you’re interested in joining the 52 Weeks of Pinterest challenge, then make sure you head on over to Heather’s Facebook Group where everyone participating can share their weekly updates.  (I was going to say progress, but I’m sure you’ve heard and seen plenty of Pinterest fails.  I’ve experienced my fair share of them, and no doubt I’ll have some more during this challenge.)

Do these Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes look yummy enough for you to try?  I’m still on the hunt for a low WW points icing recipe, so send it my way if you find a good one.  😉

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Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cookies

Yummy cookies and cream chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips that are next best thing to Oreo's!

Let me just start off by disclosing one thing –

I am not a cook.

Never have been, never will be.

But…

I do love to bake. Cookies, cakes, desserts, you name it – I love it! (Drives my dentist crazy, but I can’t help that I was born with a sweet tooth, and it occasionally helps that I can keep him in business.) 🙂

This weekend, I was itching to make some cookies, but I really didn’t have time to drive to the store for ingredients, and it seemed like every recipe I came across had ingredients that would require a trip to the store. Luckily, I found a great recipe in the nick of time, but it was going to require a bit of tweaking based on what I had on hand. Instead of them being “Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies,” my plan was to turn them into “Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cookies.”

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cookies

Not only was I itching to make cookies in general, but hubby, brother, and father-in-law have been at my house all day working on an outdoor house project. I knew that something homemade and from scratch would be just the thing to keep them happy.  

All the ingredients in this recipe are things that I had on hand in my kitchen – some I didn’t even realize that I had bought – and it thrilled me that I could finally do something that I’ve always read about: cooking from your pantry. Cooking from my pantry has never been a successful venture until today. I can’t wait to try it again (especially if it involves more baking)!

So go ahead – whip up a batch of these delicious Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cookies, and enjoy them with a tall glass of cold milk. I guarantee you’ll love every bite – hubby, brother, and father-in-law ALL enjoyed them!

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Cookies and Cream Chocolate Cookies
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Yummy cookies and cream chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips that are next best thing to Oreo's!
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  2. 1/4 cup Sugar
  3. 1 stick of Butter (room temperature)
  4. 1 - 3.4 oz. pkg of Chocolate Pudding Mix
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. 1 Egg Yolk
  7. 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  8. 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  9. 1/4 cup Baking Cocoa
  10. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  11. 1/4 tsp. Salt
  12. 2 cups White Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars together until blended.
  2. Add pudding mix, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually combine dry mixture with wet mixture until dough has formed.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out dough in 2 tbsp. size balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
  8. Let cool for approx. 5 minutes before eating.
Notes
  1. I used Hershey's chocolate pudding mix - any other brand should work just as well.
  2. Dough will be stiff when you're folding in the chips - prepare yourself for an arm workout!
Adapted from Living Better Together
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Yummy cookies and cream chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips that are next best thing to Oreo's!

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