Every night after dinner, my husband prepares his lunch for the next day. He takes out a container and always grabs first dibs from our leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, and I love that he does this.
- It saves us money.
- He loves the food I make, so I take that as a compliment. ( It is even better when my five-year-old demands to have leftovers in his lunch too.)
- He is trying to eat healthier- so I am happy he is taking homemade food for lunch.
But then I realized that I need to start doing this too. Why? Well, too often, my lunch consists of the crust from my toddler’s sandwich, and then maybe a handful of popcorn, and perhaps even some fruit snacks. ( I know.)
I would love to have the time also to have a healthy lunch. Though I am at home during the day, I don’t have time to cook extravagant lunches for myself.
My family is still at a size, where we have sufficient leftovers. I have three boys, one still only drinks baby milk. I only have one child who is a significant eater. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be doing this every night, packing healthy lunches for the next day.
So, I hopped on the bandwagon and got an Instant Pot. I have been cooking all kinds of things in it. So far, pulled pork is my favorite thing. I will say, in the past, I never loved pulled pork. After making pulled pork in this pressure cooker, I don’t think that I will ever make it in my slow cooker again.
That being said, if you don’t have a pressure cooker- you can make this in your slow cooker too. I would make sure you have a leaner piece of pork. I don’t like the texture of fattier cuts of pork in the slow cooker.
Another thought. If you’re not a massive fan of pork, this recipe will work with chicken too. I used store-bought sweet and sour sauce, but you can find homemade recipes online if you want to.
Sweet and Sour Pork Lunch Bowls Recipe will Yield 4-6 Lunch Bowls
2 lbs pork roast
One bottle of sweet and sour sauce
Three cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
One can of pineapple
1 cup of baby tomatoes
Six sweet peppers, chopped
2 cups of snow peas
2 cups of basmati rice – uncooked- or a rice of your choosing
4 cups of water
Four green onions
Method: In your pressure cooker, saute pork roast for a few minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add minced garlic and sweet and sour sauce. Cook in the pressure cooker for 90 minutes. Pull pork apart with a fork. Cook rice. In each lunch bowl, add 3/4 cooked rice, 1/2 cup of pulled pork, 4-5 pineapple pieces, baby tomatoes, sliced peppers, snow peas, and green onions. Add any other veggies you would like.
I love these. I can’t wait to make more!