Feeding a household of eight can often be a bit of a challenge, especially with picky eaters and dietary restrictions. After much trial and error, we have discovered a handful of dishes that always go over well, and the recipe is one of our favourites. Enjoy this Hawaiian Pork with Peanut Noodles! It’s simple and the bulk of the work is done by the crock-pot.

Wondering what you’re getting into? Imagine a shredded, juicy, slow-cooked pork roast, with cabbage steamed in pork juices. If that wasn’t enough, picture peanutty noodles, with little hints of ginger and sweet pineapple… There is a reason we love eating it!

Hold up, isn’t this a stretching app? Where are the stretching exercises? How does a recipe fit in here?

Exercise is just one element of being well. Sleeping enough, eating healthily, and taking care of your mental health are important. These dishes are full of protein, vegetables, and fruit, and it is easy to make gluten-free. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Hawaiian Pork and Cabbage

  • 2kg pork shoulder (bone-in or out)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled but whole
  • Alaea salt (or another high-quality salt)
  • 1 head of cabbage

Peanut noodles

  • 340g fettuccini
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 400 ml can of crushed pineapple
  • ½ red onion, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup of chicken or vegetable broth
  • Maple syrup (to taste)
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)
  • Green onions (optional)


Hawaiian Pork and Cabbage

  1. Make several slices in the pork and tuck whole, peeled garlic cloves inside of the holes.
  2. Place pork shoulder in the slow cooker, and liberally rub salt on both sides.
  3. Add about a cup of water, being careful not to wash the salt off, and let cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. About an hour before eating, carefully cut the cabbage in half. Then, cut out the triangle where the leaves meet the stem and discard the stem. Roughly chop the cabbage into easier-to-eat sizes. Add to a pot large enough to hold all the cabbage.
  5. Scoop out a cup of liquid from the pork and add that to the cabbage in the pot. Cover with a lid and steam on medium for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Keep an eye on the pot and reduce heat if the liquid bubbles over or the lid start dancing. Once the cabbage is tender, strain the liquid and set aside.
  6. The pork is finished when you can shred it into little pieces.

This pork recipe is a great way to save money with meal planning. Make extra to freeze or to eat throughout the week to save you time later. Hawaiian pork is great to add to sandwiches and simply add a nice BBQ sauce to turn it into pulled pork.

If you forget to prepare your crockpot in the morning, the pork can be done in the pressure cooker as well, cooking in about an hour and a half. Be careful when using the pressure cooker though, to avoid steam burns and too much pressure build-up.

Peanut Noodles

  1. Set water to boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. As the pasta is cooking, heat a tbsp of oil on medium heat in a saucepan.
  3. Sautee the garlic, ginger, and onions in the pan until fragrant. (About a minute)
  4. Add the red peppers and cook until tender-crisp.
  5. Add the can of pineapple, including the juice to the pan, as well as the peanut butter, soy sauce, and broth. If you would like it a little sweeter, add maple syrup in this step.
  6. Drain the noodles, but don’t rinse them. Return the noodles to the pot and stir in the peanut sauce.
  7. If desired, top with peanuts and green onions. Enjoy!

Looking to add extra vegetables? Consider adding shredded carrots or bok choy to add colour and variety to your dish. If you’re not a fan of maple syrup, add brown sugar in to taste instead! This dish also works as a great stand-alone meal option for when you’re in a hurry or don’t have many groceries at home.

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do. It is truly a great meal for a family dinner and it is easy to scale for a large get-together. The best part is, once you have the pork cooking, you definitely will have time for a stretching routine or two!

If you like this recipe or would just like to reach out to say hello, feel free to contact WeStretch on social media or email us at support@westretch.ca.

Written by Kayla Willsey

Artwork by Sydney Winnicky-Hussey

Updated May 7, 2021