|Easy Chinese Pork Stir Fry with Rice (his portion, mine = no rice)|
Happy New Year everyone! The holidays are over and it's time for us to get back on Dukan. For us, it'll happen next week :-)
This recipe was quick, easy, and tasty! You can make this dish with or without veggies, with pork, beef, chicken, turkey or fish. We took a simple Kung Pao sauce recipe and made some adjustments. We actually made this before New Year's but haven't had much time to blog.
We were pigging out over the holidays and didn't have many PP days during the last three weeks of December. Yike! Decided a PP day was a must and luckily we had two lean, uncooked pork chops left from one of our other meals. The two small pork chops were actually not quite enough for a PP meal for two people, so we are adjusting the recipe to make a meal for two. If you're having this with brown rice or quinoa or adding a lot of bulk veggies like broccoli, two thick cut pork chops should be enough for two people.
Prep Time: 45 minutes (30 of those minutes are for marinating)
Cook Time: less than 10 minutes
3/4 - 1 lb. lean pork chops (no bone), thinly sliced (slice at an angle)
2 Thai red chili peppers or something similar (deseeded and cut into thin strips)
5 thin slices of fresh ginger (skin removed)
2 garlic cloves (we used minced since we have the Costco bottle or you can thinly slice your garlic)
1 stalk green onion, chopped (next time we'll probably do two inch strips)
3 t. cornstarch
2 t. soy sauce
1 T. Shaoxing rice wine or your choice of substitutes
1 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 t. natural sweetener
1/4 t. black vinegar (or regular white vinegar)
2 T. water
1 t. cornstarch
Rinse pork slices and pat dry. Mix marinade ingredients, we usually mix ours in a ziploc baggie, then add meat, mix again (using your hands on the outside of the baggie), then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Mix your sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Heat up a stir fry pan (high heat), spray a little bit of non stick spray (we use a coated nonstick stir fry pan), cook marinated pork until 70% cooked. Set aside. Clean pan, spray with non stick spray again. Add ginger and garlic to pan, stir fry for a few seconds, then add red chilies. Stir fry until it is aromatic (about 20-30 seconds). If your pan starts sticking, spray a little more non stick spray. Add pork back to pan and continue to stir fry. For a celebration meal or during consolidation, add cashew nuts or peanuts. Add in sauce and continuously stir fry until pork is coated with sauce. Turn heat off, add green onions, stir and serve immediately.
Enjoy...we sure did!