Did you know it was National Nutrition Month? Neither did I. But as I was putting together this recipe, which is my own invention borrowed from several sources, one of my fellow recipe writers informed me. In a holdover from Michelle Obama’s time in the White House, the United States Department of Agriculture has a website called “Choose My Plate” (www.choosemyplate.gov) which lets anyone looking for healthier eating options a place to find them. It’s an amazingly complete website with all kinds of features and all kinds of ways to discover how to eat better regardless of age or dietary restrictions. There’s even a feature called “My Plate. My State” which features information that’s about as local as you can get.
Looking over the site, there was something very reassuring about knowing that Stir Frys are right up there in the healthy food groups. This is because very little oil is used in making them. And here, pork loin is used, which is ranked just as lean as skinless chicken breasts. In fact pork meets the guidelines for ‘Extra Lean’ with less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of staturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 oz. serving. Astonishing to me was the fact that pork is leaner than a skinless chicken thigh!
None of this really matters if it doesn’t taste good. Need I tell you, this recipe is full of flavor and crunchy texture along with a silken Asian-accented sauce. And talk about simple. Once you’ve got all your prep done, there’s very little that’s easier to cook than this: Here is the recipe:
Pork Stir Fry with Bok Choy, Red Peppers and Mushrooms
Crisp vegetables, tender pork loin in an Asian-inflected sauce makes a perfect any night dinner.
- 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
- 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp. ginger cut into match sticks
- 12 ounces boneless pork, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 12 ounces bok choy trimmed and cut into quarters lengthwise
- 8 ounces of Cremini Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 8 green onions, white parts only sliced in two vertically
- Step 1 Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Let stand while you prepare the garlic, ginger and vegetables.
- Step 2 Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan, swirl to coat. Add pork then stir-fry until the pink disappears but not cooked through (about 1 1/2 minutes). Place pork on a plate, discard liquid in pan.
- Step 3 Return pan to high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil, swirl to coat. Add the garlic, green onions and ginger. Cook two minutes until garlic is cooked through. Add bok choy , bell pepper and mushrooms. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add crushed red pepper. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add stock mixture. Cook 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Return pork and any juices to pan, and cook for 1 minute more. Serve over rice if you like.