I always want to add dinner with friends every week to my hectic schedule but worry it takes too much preparation—so regretfully I don’t do it as often I as would like. However, a quick and spur of the moment dinner with friends worked out well this week! I offered veggies from my garden and pork from the farmers market—and they offered to cook. The simple but delicious result—a beautiful tomato, basil and mozzarella salad (tomatoes from my garden) with Steve’s special balsamic and stone ground mustard dressing—rice prepared simply in my rice cooker and pork, peppers, onions and mushrooms from the wok! Dinner with friends at home—can be simple, delicious, and stress-free—and laughing with friends is the best nourishment. (I did help with the dishes).
Simple Pork Stir Fry
Making a good stir fry is an easy and essential way to make a quick meal—with most anything you happen to have in the frig. Substitute celery for peppers, add tomatoes—substitute firm tofu for pork—it is a process to mix some healthy vegetables together with some great spice—use your creativity.
1 lb. pork tenderloin (a lean cut of pork) sliced in strips
1 red pepper and 1 green pepper—sliced in strips
1 yellow onion- sliced in strips
1 lb. sliced mushrooms (I love mushrooms-if you don’t—you can decrease or not use).
3 cloves of garlic—finely diced
1 red chili (spicier the better for me!)
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs low sodium soy salt (Yamasa is my favorite)
2 tbs. sweet chili sauce
3 cups jasmine rice
Put thinly sliced pork in a bowl—add juice and zest from the lime, add finely diced garlic, chili and garlic to the bowl. If you have time, let it stand for 15 minutes in the fridge so the ingredients can get friendly. Meanwhile, back to slicing—peppers, yellow onion, mushrooms.
Start rice (package directions) in a pan or a rice cooker! Set TIMER!!
Pull out your wok, put the heat high, add the sesame oil—and let it heat up for a minute or two
Add pork (and all those friend that have been chilling with the pork)
Stir a bit until pork starts to brown—add onions and peppers.
When the peppers are losing a bit of crispness and the onions are becoming clearer—add in the mushroom….stirring all the while! Add soy sauce and chili sauce—keep tossing!
Have your friend plate up the rice and serve your stir-fry on the side or on the rice as you prefer.
Condiments—a bottle of Lee Kum Lee Sriracha Chili Sauce! Enjoy!