A Pulled Pork Bowl is the perfect easy and delicious weeknight dinner idea. It has a great combination of flavors and textures and it’s quick to pull together!
Why You’ll Love This!
One of my favorite go-to dinner ideas is a pulled pork bowl. It is the perfect way to use up what I already have in my refrigerator and it is also a crowd pleaser because everyone can make their own bowl according to their taste preferences. Plus, I love all the flavors and textures in each bite!
This Pulled Pork Bowl is a complete meal in a bowl. You have your grain, protein and veggies. Just grab your fork and dig in.
- Quinoa. You could also use brown rice or lime cilantro rice.
- Pulled pork or any leftover protein you may have on hand.
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Fresh pineapple, diced
- Monterey Jack Cheese, grated. Can also use Cheddar cheese.
- Cherry tomatoes, diced
- Green onions, diced
- Coleslaw mix
- Coleslaw dressing
- BBQ Sauce. Teriyaki sauce would also be delicious.
How to Make a Pulled Pork Bowl
Start with a grain. You can use rice or quinoa. I’m a big fan of quinoa and love to make a big batch and keep in the refrigerator or freezer to pull out and use whenever I need it. You can do the same thing with rice too.
Choose your protein. This is the perfect opportunity to use any leftover meat such as steak or chicken but I made a batch of pressure cooker Pulled Pork to use in my bowl. The recipe makes multiple servings and it freezes beautifully. Freeze the pulled pork in smaller batches so you can pull out just what you need, when you need it.
Roast some veggies. Again, this is the perfect opportunity to use up whatever leftover vegetables you might have. If I don’t have any leftovers I like to roast up some vegetables such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, zucchini, asparagus and add it to my pulled pork bowl Some fresh cherry tomatoes add a punch of color and flavor too.
Add something sweet. I like to add something sweet like mandarin oranges or fresh pineapple to my bowl.
How to Make Coleslaw for Pulled Pork
Add some crunch. One of my favorite ways to add crunch to my pulled pork bowl is with coleslaw. I buy one bag of premade slaw mix at the store and just add one jar of delicious Litehouse Coleslaw dressing for a quick and easy coleslaw. The dressing is thick and creamy, perfect for a delicious coleslaw in a matter of a minute or two!
Finish it off. Top off your bowl with some grated cheese, diced green onion and a generous drizzle of BBQ sauce. For this version, I used Monterey Jack cheese but whatever cheese you have on hand will work.
Other topping ideas
- Sour Cream
- Black Beans
Some other favorite quick summer dinner ideas include:
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Pulled Pork Bowl
- 4 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 cups pulled pork
- 2 cups roasted sweet potatoes
- 1 cup fresh pineapple diced
- 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese grated
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes diced
- 2 green onions diced
- 4 cups coleslaw mix
- 1/2 cup coleslaw dressing
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
- Combine coleslaw mix and dressing and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- Place quinoa or rice in bottom of bowl and pulled pork
- Add all veggies and fruits, including coleslaw. Top with cheese and green onion and drizzle with BBQ sauce.