My wonderful hubby makes these mouthwatering carnitas on the weekends, and we enjoy them for every meal for days on end!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 to 3¾ hours
- 3 to 5 pounds boneless pork shoulder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper (if tolerated)
- *1 teaspoon ground cumin (if tolerated)
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- *½ teaspoon paprika (if tolerated)
- 1 bay leaf 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- Water to cover*To make the dish Autoimmune Paleo, remove the cumin and paprika.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the meat in a Dutch oven or other braising pot with a cover.
- Mix the salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and paprika together in a small bowl and rub the mixture on the meat on all sides.
- Add the bay leaf, garlic, and onion on top of the meat.
- Pour in enough water to almost cover the meat.
- Braise for 3 to 3½ hours, mixing the meat and turning it over every hour or so. You’ll know the meat is done when the water is mostly evaporated and the meat is slightly brown, tender, and easy to shred with a fork.
- When most of the water is gone and the pork turns slightly brown, shred the pork, discard the fat, and mix the meat with the pan juices.
- Place the pot back into the oven, uncovered, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Enjoy with eggs and spaghetti squash hash in the morning, with a salad at lunch, and with veggies for dinner!
>>Can also be made in a slow-cooker!
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I don’t know if my hubby can make that, so I think I’ll probably be doing the cooking (; I’m loving all of these thyroid friendly foods!!
Dr. Izabella says
Judy – thank you for following! You might like to check out the free Thyroid Bundle Cookbook, which contains over 100 delicious gluten, dairy and soy-free recipes from me and my favorite thyroid and nutrition experts – available here:
THYROID BUNDLE FREE COOKBOOK
Im following your Hashimotos protocol to a T. Im in the gut healing protocol now, but I’m a bit confused by conflicting advice on what to eat and what not to eat. I noticed in your book you make it very clear that no chili is to be consumed, but in the above recipe there are chipotle peppers. Does it mean that after the protocol is finished, peppers can be reintroduced? Should I wait longer before making the above recipe? Im very curious about this because I’m a former chill addict, and giving up chili is worse for me than giving up sugar!
Dr. Izabella Wentz says
Alex – thank you so much for reaching out and sharing! <3 People follow different diets depending on the protocols they’re following, or the stage of healing they’re at. (For example, I recommend the Root Cause Intro diet, which allows for seeds and legumes but removes gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/alcohol/caffeine, during the Liver Support Protocol.) After identifying and eliminating food sensitivities, and healing, many people are able to reintroduce some foods back into their diet.
It’s important to remember that everyone will have unique sensitivities. So be sure to only follow recipes that do not contain foods you may be sensitive to. If you have any questions about the protocols please feel free to email my team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to help you.
I am struggling to find chili pepper and dried chipotle peppers. Is chili pepper a dried spice? Is there a substitute for the dried chipotle peppers, if I am unable to find them? Thanks!
Dr. Izabella says
Ann – thank you for reaching out. Yes, they are dried spices. If you are having trouble finding them or are sensitive to peppers you may want to try the recipe from my new cookbook instead! Here is the link to my book if you would like to check it out:
Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology