This week we have 4 track meets on 4 separate nights. Next week it’s 3 track meets on 3 different nights. With such a busy schedule, preparing and eating a nice sit-down meal is just not possible. Plus, we live 10 miles from the nearest grocery store and any type of convenience store, so “take out” food is not a good option. The kids can only eat so much frozen pizza and macaroni and cheese. They will even roll their eyes with the “not again” look when we’ve had too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

One thing that works well for our family is pulled pork. Slow cooking a shoulder roast until it’s fork tender creates a meat that works well in a bun, between a flour tortilla or even on a salad. It’s a quick meal without all the disadvantages of typical fast food. We roast a large quantity of pork at one time and then freeze it in small packages. This allows us to pull out a package from the freezer and have a nutritious meal in only a few minutes.

Another thing I try to do is to prepare a good meal on a day when I have time and then have leftovers for another day. Sunday I doubled my recipe for meatloaf and actually prepared it on the grill. I formed a loaf, put it on an aluminum foil covered flat baking sheet and then put it on the grill for about an hour. We had meatloaf for supper and enough left over for sandwiches or a quick meal.

Sometimes life moves pretty fast and taking time for a relaxed meal around the table isn’t an option. But fast food doesn’t need to be filled with empty calories. With a little planning, pork can be the answer to a fast, flavorful and nutritious meal.