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Folks, we’re keeping it sweet (and spicy!) and simple this week with a Pork Stir Fry! Strips of super lean pork are rubbed with Jamaican jerk spice and stir-fried with some crunchy vegetables. A lightly sweet Asian plum sauce rounds out the dish and adds a surprisingly complex flavor to a very basic dish.
Using frozen stir-fried veggies and cauliflower rice will get this pork stir fry on the table that much faster during the week. If it’s the weekend and you have the time, cut your own stir-fry veggies and make your own cauliflower rice. The choice is yours–just remember that frozen veggies are processed at the peak of their flavor and only hours after they leave the field. So it’s really okay to use frozen when time demands it.
Pork Stir Fry
Adapted from: a recipe on bhg.com
- 2 tbs safflower or grapeseed oil
- 1 16 oz package frozen sweet pepper and onion stir-fry vegetables
- 1 lb (16 oz) pork strips (sliced thin; cut from a pork loin or boneless pork chops)
- 3 tsp Jamaican jerk seasoning
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2/3 cup bottled Asian plum sauce*
- 2 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
- roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
- 4 cups cooked cauliflower rice
- Toss and coat pork strips with jerk seasoning. Set aside
- In a wok or large skillet heat 1 tbs oil over medium-high heat. Add frozen vegetables; cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok.
- Add 1 tbs oil to work, then add pork strips. Cook and stir for 2 to 5 minutes or until pork is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add plum sauce and soy sauce to the pork. Return vegetables to wok and stir to coat and heat thoroughly; about 2 minutes.
- Serve pork stir fry over the cauliflower rice. Sprinkle each serving with chopped peanuts, if desired.
- *Hoisin sauce is not a good substitute for Asian plum sauce. If your grocery does not carry Asian plum sauce, you can easily make your own using this recipe. It’s easy and well worth the effort; plum sauce is a delicious condiment on many foods–even burgers!
- Feel free to substitute the pork with chicken strips cut from chicken breasts or thighs.
Photograph via bhg.com