Spicy Minced Pork Stir-fry with Flat Beans

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P1030806If you want a delicious, satisfying meal in ten minutes, then look no further!  When I made this, I expected it to be good.  But this still surprised me.  I enjoyed every bite.  This would be great for a busy week night.

Just a little note about fish sauce : it’s really moving up on my list of favourite ingredients.  Health-wise it’s not a superstar – but I use it as a replacement for salt in a lot of the Asian-style dishes I make.  It just adds a little something extra.  It smells really strong…and maybe not that great out of the bottle.  But give it a chance – it’s really tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb flat green (or Italian) beans
  • salt
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 350 grams lean minced pork
  • 2 cloves garlic squeezed through a press
  • 1 inch of ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • the juice of 1 lime

How to:

Beans: Put 1 inch of water into a pan that’s big enough for the beans to lie flat in.  Bring water to a boil on high heat, then add salt.  Then add beans. Cook beans on high for 2-3 minutes and then drain.

Pork: Heat a sauté pan or a wok on high heat. Add the sesame oil to the pan along with the garlic and ginger. Sauté for a few seconds – until you can smell it. Then add the pork and sriracha. Stir until well mixed and cook on high until browned.  Turn heat down to medium and add all other ingredients. Cook for another 3 minutes.

Plate it up and if you like, garnish with pieces of red chiles, green onion and/or cilantro.  Yum!

The following information is based on 1/3 of the recipe.  When I made this, I divided it all into 3 servings.  You can certainly eat more of it though if you’re really hungry!

ground pork stirfry

Coconut Lime Prawns

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prawns

A low carb diet means lots of meat.  But I don’t like meat…which can be a bit of a problem.  Fortunately, there’s seafood, which is making more frequent appearances on my plate.  This one is fun.  I brought it to a party this evening as an appetizer, mainly because I would at least be able to eat this.  It ended up being the only thing there I could eat…And it disappeared.  And I was hoping for leftovers. This dish would also be good as a topping for a salad or along-side some stir-fried veggies. This recipe is adapted from Rebecca Crump’s Ezra Pound Cake blog.  I’ve made some changes.  They don’t necessarily make it better – I’m sure hers is delicious too.  My version just is more friendly to my particular diet.

Ingredients:

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  • frozen prawns
  • 1 jalepeño pepper
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice of 3 limes
  • juice of 1 really big lemon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic

How-to:

  1. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds. Pop it into your magic bullet. Or whatever else you plan to whizz this up in.
  2. Use a microplane or box grater or whatever to get the zest from 1 lime.  Pop that in too.
  3. Squeeze all the juice you can from the citrus fruits.  Into the bullet.
  4. Melt the coconut oil.  Add.
  5. Add in everything else.
  6. Blend.
  7. Pour over frozen prawns.
  8. Leave it until the prawns are thawed out.
  9. Grill on the George Foreman or whatever else you want to use. Do it on the hottest heat possible.  You want those char marks, but you don’t want to overcook those delicate little sea creatures.  1-2 minutes per side should be good.
  10. Eat up!

Something to note:  That marinade is amazing and it would seem a shame to chuck it.  So I think I’ll try to marinade some salmon in it tomorrow.  I’m pretty certain it will be awesome.

Cilantro lime chicken salad

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This delicious salad is inspired by Mexican flavours.  I needed something to remind me of somewhere hot while I’m being tortured by this long Canadian winter.  After going for nearly two weeks with very little carbs, these sweet potatos are a welcome treat.  Only to be eaten after 4:00PM, this salad is a great dinner option.

chicken salad

You’ll have to excuse the quality of the image.  I’m brand spanking new to food photography.  I’m new to any kind of photography for that matter.  But the dish itself was delicious, satisfying and helped to lift my mood because it has some feel-good carbs.  So here we go:

Ingredients and instructions:

Makes 4 servings.

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Mayo (see recipe below)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

To make: mix all ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste.

Mayo:

***I don’t use store-bought mayonnaise because there’s sugar in it.  No matter which one.  I’ve looked at all the labels.  The key here, is to avoid sugar.  So here is one way to avoid sugar.

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oil (I used extra-virgin olive)
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • juice of 1 lemon

To make: blend egg, mustard and lemon in a food processor.  Keep the processor whizzing away until it’s frothy. Starting a few drops at a time, blend in oil.  Drizzle oil into the food processor very slowly!!!  Once all oil is incorporated, it should come together and look like a thick, yellow mayonnaise.  Keep the rest to make deviled eggs or to make a dip for veggies.

Chicken:

  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

To make: preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a pan on the stove-top, melt 1 tbsp coconut oil. Season breasts with the remaining ingredients. Sear breasts in a very hot pan.  Once the outside is brown on both sides, put the pan into the oven (if oven proof) or transfer chicken to a pan and put in the oven until cooked through (10 minutes??).  Once completed, let rest for a bit and then slice.

Sweet Potato:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped to 2cm cubes (roughly – doesn’t have to be perfect)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

To make: preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss potatoes with the remaining ingredients. Put on a baking sheet and put into the oven for approximately 20 minutes.  When done, they should be starting to brown and they should be nice and soft in the middle.

Salad

  • 1 cup chopped coriander
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 avocado, chopped with juice of lime squeezed over it to prevent it from turning brown

To make:  Combine all ingredients in same bowl that dressing was made in.  Coat with dressing.

Feel free to double up on all of the salad items (except avocado) if you want to have a little more bulk to the meal.

Assembly:

Plate the salad, then add in chicken and potatoes.  Squeeze a generous amount of lime juice over everything.  Yummy!