For reasons unknown to me, I woke up and decided to cut the soda habit on Saturday morning. We can call this a quarter life crisis or something, but it’s time to make some changes. I allowed myself one Pepsi on Saturday while at work and haven’t had once since. I’m staying strong. Pray for me. Now, I don’t think drinking soda is an unhealthy habit, I think drinking lots of soda when I should be drinking water is a terrible habit. I’ve also quadrupled our vegetable intake just in four short days. Yep, guess it was time to make some changes.

I’ve never been one to diet, I just don’t enjoy depriving myself of delicious goodies (have you looked around this blog?). But I have always believed in moderation. White trapped at work, I was drinking way to many tiny cans of the tempting caffeine injected nectar otherwise known as Pepsi Max… Then after a long days work, I just couldn’t sleep. I was tired but with all that extra caffeine running through my veins my brain just wasn’t shutting off. Out with friends, So after that one on Saturday morning, it’s been cold turkey. (What the heck does cold turkey mean anyway?)

I’ll let you know how many days go by before I break.



Slow Cooker Hoisin Pork Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

Discovered on Better Recipes by Snappy Gourmet


For the Pork:

  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz hoisin Sauce
  • 1/3 rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 5 garlic cloves, minces
  • 3 tbs ginger, minced
  • 1 teas red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin

For the Slaw:

  • 1/5 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teas sesame oil
  • 1 10z pre-made bag broccoli slaw
  • Soft Tortillas

In a bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place pork in a slow cook and pour sauce over pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until pork easily pulls apart with a fork and is cooked through.  Keep the pork in the slow cooker and shred with two forks.

2 to 3 hours before pork is ready, make the slaw by whisking together the orange juice, olive oil, and sesame oil.  Toss the broccoli slaw mix with the orange juice mixture.

Serve shredded pork on flour or whole wheat tortillas with the broccoli slaw on top.




  1. Congrats! I love soda, I admit it, and I used to drink SO much of it. But now it’s only a sometimes-treat, and I feel far better! Also would feel far better with these tacos. Hoisen…YUM!

  2. Way to go on cutting soda!!! I’m amazed at how much better I always feel when it’s missing from my weeks. And these tacos look amazing!!! 🙂

  3. What a great combo here! Looks awesome. I am a big fan of broccoli slaw. I think it is extremely versatile.

  4. Bon courage! And who needs soda when there’s your delicious fusion combination of hoisin pork and soft tortillas???

  5. ellenbcookery says:

    Looks light and filling at the same time!

  6. Good for you on cutting the soda!!! It’s tough but you will feel great. I just finished a cleanse and I have never slept this fantastic in my life! I haven’t had any soda, sugar, dairy or meat in 9 days or caffeine. 🙂 These tacos look amazing and I was just thinking about what I could use my hoisin sauce for. These are making their way to my dinner table for sure.

  7. Kita, I have been always enjoying your delicious food. I *just* read this post and I’m thinking about making this tonight (like now). We don’t eat Mexican food all the time at home (outside yes), so it’s rare that we have tortillas and it just happened that we have some leftover from the other day. I love hoison sauce and I meant to cook this today. Lately I’ve seen Asian style tacos and I’m ready for one tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I really hope you enjoy these as much as we did. My boyfriend loved the combination of flavors and ate a ton!

  8. Oooo… kind of a Wang Chung meets the Gonzales Clan taco… sweet! I’m all over this one.

    We’ll say a prayer (and kill a couple of chickens) for you on the soda purge. I guess I havent had anything soda-wise in almost 20 years. It was tough getting off that carbonated kick.

  9. It means, a turkey that’s running around without it’s feathers in winter. 😀 Ok, lame ….
    This looks so good! What’s broccoli slaw? Is it made with broccoli stems? I’d imagine that would give it a good crunchy texture … nice combination.

  10. This combo looks amazing! Hoisin sauce goes really well on pork and the veggies must give the tacos a lot of freshness! Thanks for the recipe!

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