Need to switch up your protein game?

For those of you who get in the rut of cooking chicken for the majority of your dinners, give this Cuban pork a try! These zesty flavors will definitely spice up your weeknight meal. The citrus and garlicky sauce is a great marinade and keeps the pork juicy.

You can pair it with more than butternut squash as well.  I choose the squash because of its color and sweet buttery taste. For leftover lunches, I mixed the shredded pork with black beans and cauliflower rice! You could use it in a sandwich, quesadilla, on top of nachos or on a salad too. It’s a versatile protein option with amazing flavor!

Nutrition Info:

Pork: Being high in protein and rich in many micronutrients, lean pork can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet. It’s an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, and iron.

Butternut Squash: There’s a reason butternut squash is one of the most popular winter squashes. It’s delicious! It has more vitamin A than a pumpkin, is rich in B vitamins and fiber.

Cuban Pork with Butternut Squash Noodles 



Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

8-10 hours


4 servings


  • 1 lb Pork Shoulder
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Salt and Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Bag Frozen Butternut Squash Noodles
  • ½ tsp Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Salt, Pepper, Garlic


  1. Score the pork for added flavor. Turn crockpot on low-heat, add all ingredients (except butternut squash noodles) cook for 8-10 hours, half way through shred pork with forks
  2. Turn stove on to medium heat, cook butternut squash noodles in pan with a dash of olive oil and seasonings of choice


-You can place the pork and the rest of the ingredients and marinade for 4 hours or overnight

-You can spiracle your own veggie noodles or use pork in sandwiches, quesadillas, on nachos or a salad. The options are endless!

Things You Might Need

Veggie Spiralizer 


Crockpot Liner

Spices: Cumin, Cardamom 

The Final Product