Saturday Stress ....and my favourite BBQ Pork Casserole
I probably say every single casserole is my favourite. But that is because it is true. So don't judge.
The weekend is supposed to be a time to recharge...but in the life of a new teacher it is kind of the opposite. It is a crazy scramble to plan enough lessons for the next week. This weekend has been a kind of stressful one trying to get a handle on this parenting course I am going to be teaching! Which I know is a good problem to have, because I have an awesome job that I love so much. But if anyone has ever taught parenting...
I just have to let go of this "the weekend should be" attitude. The weekend is whatever I need it to be. This weekend I need it to be work. But I still try and give myself some downtime, like going to a couple hot yoga classes, and having a couple quick coffee dates with some friends :). Hot yoga is one of my best stress hacks because there is so much focus on your breathing and the postures that I actually have to turn my brain off. Which is a hard ass thing to do! My brain feels like its spiraling through non stop rabbit holes. And I don't know why I say coffee dates. I don't drink coffee. Not even decaf. I love coffee, but the headaches I get are out of this world.
Stress is like the absolute worst thing for your health and body and we all know this, but its EVERYWHERE. In our modern world we are bombarded with constant stress, which is not what our bodies have adapted to. Our bodies adapted to acute, one-off stresses, like a mountain lion attack, where you need to get into fight and flight mode asap and get the hell out of there. Instead we are faced with small stresses at all times and our body cannot really tell the difference, so we are stuck in this fight and flight mode way more than we should be. Which is just bad for our digestive system...
But man is it hard to fight sometimes. Sometimes it feels easier to just make a bowl of comfort food and curl up on the couch and watch Friends for the 7 millionth time. So if that is you, here is a big old bowl of comfort food to get you though. It may not be the most beautiful thing you've ever seen, but it is damn delicious.
- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 tblsp butter
- 1 tblsp unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups shredded pork (see home page for the recipe)
- 1 tblsp ghee
- 2 heads kale
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce (see home page for the recipe)
- 1/2 red onion
- Boil the potatoes and cauliflower until soft
- Mash with the butter, coconut milk and salt
- Layer the potato/ cauli mash into the bottom of a baking dish
- Preheat the oven to 400
- De-steam and finely chop the kale
- Melt the ghee in a skillet, add the kale, and saute until cooked, about 5-8 mins
- Layer the kale on top of the mash
- Put the shredded pork into the skillet and fry until some of the liquid cooks off and the pork starts to get crispy. You will need to stir often. This will take 10-15 mins
- Turn the heat off and toss the pork with the bbq sauce
- Put the pork on top of the kale
- Sprinkle with the red onions
- Bake for about 20 - 25 mins