This post was updated on March 5th, 2023
If you join my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge, you’ll quickly learn the importance of animal protein within a PCOS diet. Not only is it a great source of many micronutrients that are hard to find elsewhere, it does a fantastic job of keeping those carb cravings at bay.
When it comes to quick and easy meals that are ultra-filling, you really can’t beat pulled pork. Today’s new PCOS recipe was on high rotation at my place for years when my patience for meal prep was at an all-time low. Unlike a lot of recipes, this one almost tastes better when it’s reheated so it pays to make a big batch and enjoy it over the next two or three days. It even freezes well too if that’s how you roll.
Thanks in part to its fantastic fatty acid composition, pork is one of the most filling, nutrient-dense meats. And even if you’re like me and you generally shy away from this type of meat, when it’s cooked slowly in fragrant spices it’s pretty darn delicious.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make this PCOS-friendly Pulled Pork:
- Pork butt
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Apple cider vinegar
- Ground cumin
- Ground Ceylon cinnamon
- Fennel seeds
A note on Pork Shoulder vs Pork Butt:
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to the two cuts of meat that come off the forequarter of a pig. Pork butt (a.k.a Boston butt) is the top part of the forequarter that sits on top of the shoulder blade, behind the pig’s head. The shoulder by comparison (a.k.a. the picnic roast) is the lower section that connects the butt onto the leg.
To make things complicated, the butt is also often called the “shoulder” so it pays to check which part you’re buying. The butt’s have fat marbled throughout the muscle and generally appear in a rectangular shaped block, while the picnic shoulder is leaner, has a tapered, triangular shape, and is often sold with the skin on.
Pork butt is generally considered the better cut for slow cooked recipes like this pulled pork but a picnic shoulder roast will also work well. I also prefer to use a bone-in, “skin-on” cut, however boneless, skinless cuts are also suitable.
I’ll be curious to hear how you find it!
P.S. If you are struggling to make the switch to a PCOS diet, I run a free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge every quarter which is the perfect way to really kickstart your health transformation. This live event includes weekly meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, and video lessons, all within a supportive community environment. However, if this recipe has inspired you and you want to get started right away, then I recommend downloading my free 3-Day PCOS Diet Meal Plan as well. It’s a 15-page PDF ebook that contains some of my most popular PCOS recipes, a shopping list ready to go, and some additional information about how to use food to heal your PCOS.
PCOS dinner recipes don’t have to be complicated!
Pulled Pork (PCOS-Friendly)
When it comes to quick and easy meals that are ultra-filling, you really can’t beat pulled pork.
- 3 lb Pork butt
- 14 oz Canned diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Tomato paste
- 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Ground cumin
- 2 tsp Ground Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Fennel seeds
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- 8 oz Potatoes (cut into 1/2" pieces)
- 2 Onions (diced)
- 2 tbsp Garlic (minced)
- Add the pork butt, potatoes, and onions into the Crockpot.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a jug or bowl then pour on top and around the pork butt.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is soft and easy to shred with a fork. When cooking from frozen, add a couple more hours to the cook time.
- Once done, shred and stir the pulled pork through the sauce and spices.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 529Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 42g
Please note that the nutrition information above isn’t always 100% accurate.
Since 2010, Kym Campbell has used evidence-based diet and lifestyle interventions to manage her PCOS. After getting her symptoms under control and falling pregnant naturally, Kym now advocates for dietary change as part of any PCOS treatment plan. Combining rigorous science and clinical advice with a pragmatic approach to habit change, Kym is on a mission to show other women how to take back control of their health and fertility. Read more about Kym and her team here.
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