Cranberry Pulled Pork in Sweet Squash Boats

2 Nov

What’s better than coming home to a meal that has been simmering away all day?  Especially one that took about 3 minutes to throw together in the morning.


Nothing right? 


When I saw the recipe for Cranberry Pork Roast I knew I had to make it.  I have a thing for pulled pork recipes.  It’s one of my favorite meats to have as left overs too.  Pulled pork is versatile, always delicious and oh so tender when made in a crockpot.


Cranberry Pulled Pork adapted from PreventionRD

about 8 servings


  • 2.5 lb pork loin, fat trimmed off
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1/4 cup  raisins
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. In a large plastic zipper bag, put dry spices and cornstarch and add meat. Shake to coat. Put contents into your slow cooker.
  2. Mix together cranberries, sucanat, raisins, water and lemon juice.  Pour on top of the pork.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for about 4. The longer you cook the meat, the more tender it will be.  Shred the pork with 2 fork in the slow cooker once done.


Sweet Squash Boats

for 2 servings


  • 1 delicata squash
  • olive oil spray
  • sea salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice squash length wise and remove all seeds and strings.  Place on a baking sheet, flesh side up.  Coat with olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 40-50 minutes, or until flesh is extremely tender.


Top your sweet squash boat with cranberry pulled pork and a side of delicious sweet and savory Brussels sprouts (recipe coming soon) and you’ve got a filling, comforting fall meal.

13 Responses to “Cranberry Pulled Pork in Sweet Squash Boats”

  1. LiveForTheRun November 2, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    OOH who needs a hoagie when you have a squash boat! That’s an awesome idea:)

  2. Nicole, RD November 2, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    That is such a great way to serve this! I am going to have to make it again now 😉 It looks wonderful and I love the changes you made 🙂

  3. TheHealthyapron November 2, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    What a great dish!

  4. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 2, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    I haven’t eaten pork in three years, but this is so interesting that I’m half-tempted!

  5. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 2, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    LOVE the idea of squash boats. It just sounds fun 🙂

  6. Faith November 2, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Great recipie.. I don’t eat pork so I will make this with beef or chicken:) everything looks yummy.

  7. Kristen (swanky dietitian) November 2, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I love the addition of cranberries to sweeten up the pork. It sounds just delicious!
    I don’t normally eat a lot of pork but I have a weakness for pulled pork sandwiches. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) November 2, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    This looks amazing! The cranberries sound like they’re the perfect touch! YUm!

  9. Salah November 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    this looks amazing!! Great idea!

  10. kbwood November 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    coming to YOUR HOUSE for dinner! this is SO creative!

  11. Erica November 3, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    WOW-what a perfect fall meal. Josh LOVES pulled pork and I often make it in the crock pot for him. I bet this gives a nice mix up to the usual pulled pork flavor. Great job!

  12. Savannah P November 3, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    I am not a fan of pork myself but this looks like the perfect meal for somebody who is!! I love the idea of your squash boat, and THAT I’ll be trying out for sure ❤


  1. Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts « Get Healthy With Heather - November 5, 2010

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