Asian · Quick Dinner

PORK ZOODLE “LO MEIN”

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This faux lo mein dish is made with zoodles (zucchini
noodles) in place of noodles and the results are DELISH (and bonus under 300 calories)! Each bowl is loaded with chicken and vegetables in a savory sauce. If you want to make this meatless, tofu would also be great in this dish. Start to finish this takes about 20 minutes to make… quicker than waiting for your take-out to get delivered!

To make the zoodles you can use a vegetable spiralizer.

Since zucchini releases a lot of water as it
cooks, I use it to my advantage and purposely leave the sauce a little
thick. Once the noodles cook and release their liquid (I only cook them 2
minutes TOPS) the liquid from the zucchini thins the sauce and it comes out perfect.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth*
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten free*)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce*
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

For the zoodles:

  • 4 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 4 pork medallions cut into strips
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp grapeseed or canola oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup sliced bok choy
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms such as shiitake
  • 1 can of baby corn and water chestnut
  • 1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

Directions:

For the sauce – in a medium bowl, combine the chicken broth, soy sauce,
oyster sauce, rice wine and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk in the
cornstarch until smooth.

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Using a spiralizer fitted with a shredder blade, or a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade, cut the zucchini into long spaghetti-like strips. If using a spiralizer, use kitchen scissors to cut the strands into pieces that are about 8 inches long so they’re easier to eat.

Season pork with salt. Heat a large nonstick wok over high heat. When very hot, add 1 tsp of the oil and the pork. Cook until browned on both sides and opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

Add the remaining oil, bok choy, mushroom, babycorn and waterchestnut, ginger and garlic. Cook until crisp tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside with the chicken.

Pour the sauce mixture into the wok and cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbling, 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.

Add the zucchini noodles to the sauce, mixing so the zucchini is covered in sauce, and cook until the zucchini is tender, 2 minutes.

Add the pork and vegetables to combine, then divide between two serving bowls.

 

Dinner

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Chipotle Raspberry Sauce

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A unique blend of fruity, nutty and spicy.  Best of all–all these flavors and textures were approved by the boy, so I know this recipe is a keeper !

Ingredients for the sauce:

4, 16oz bags of frozen raspberries

1, 7oz can of chipotle in adobo

1 tbsp of fresh thyme

1 tbsp of brown sugar

Blend the berries and chipotle peppers and strain into a sauce pan.  Add thyme and sugar and cook till sauce is thick and reduced.  You will get more than what you will need for this meal, so jar it and save it for later.  It is a wonderful marinade for grilled chicken.

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For Pork Chops:

4 large pork chops, pounded to medium thickness

2 cups of ground pecans

1 cup of ground rice cereal

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste.

Method:

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Season pork chops with salt and pepper.

Dip in egg and then the pecan and rice cereal mixture.

Place on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and bake for 30 mins at 375F.

Plate the pork chops on top of roasted green beans and add the sauce on the side.

 

Dinner · Meat · Stew

Pork and Butternut Squash Stew

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-12F.  Yup ! That has been the weather for the last few days.  Bitter, arctic, bone chilling cold.  The only fix is a piping hot bowl of stew. Stews may sound daunting but they really are not.  Just a few ingredients, a crock pot and a cold weekend afternoon–that really is all you need to make this stew and trust me, it is good for you and it will give your sunday chicken roast a run for its feathers !  So here we go !

Ingredients:

1 lb ground pork

5 cups cubed butternut squash

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 tsp of minced garlic

1, 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 chicken stock cube or 1, 14 oz can of chicken stock

1 tbsp of dried sage and rosemary

1/2 tbsp of red pepper flakes

A dash of nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

2, Fresh springs of thyme

1 bay leaf

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Method:

In a pan, saute pork with all the spices, herbs (except the thyme and bay leaf) and onions till pork is browned and onions are golden.

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In a crock pot, transfer the pork and onions.  Add the squash, tomatoes, chicken cube and two sprigs of fresh thyme and 1 bay leaf.

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Top the pot with water just to cover everything–you will have to adjust this if you are using chicken stock.

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Cook on high for 4.5 hrs, leaving the cover off for the last 1 hr to thicken the stew–make sure to taste the seasonings and stir the stew every now and again.

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Serve hot with rice, cornbread, or some crusty dinner rolls !

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