Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chinese Pork and Green Beans

If I had to pick a favorite type of a food, it would be Asian.  I literally love every different kind from Japanese to Korean to Thai and anything in between.  The flavors are intense and interesting and I love the family style way of eating and sharing.  Growing up, I ate a lot of Chinese food because my mom loves it.  As a kid, I could not get enough of the pork and green bean dish and would order it every time.  My love for the dish has not wavered and luckily it is a low-carb recipe that is actually super easy to prepare. I love to use Haricoverts in this recipe which are a skinnier, more tender version of a standard green bean.  However, a standard American green bean will work just fine and be delicious.  I use ground pork but ground turkey works well too.  To create the amazing Asian favors, I combine hoisin sauce which is basically an Asian barbecue sauce, soy sauce and spicy garlic chili paste, which can all be found in a regular grocery store.  This recipe is very easy to throw together and cooks up fast.  It is an impressive dish and looks beautiful when served.  The next time you are craving some Chinese food, try this healthy dish instead!

This is what you need:

1 lb Ground Pork (Ground Turkey works too)
4 cups fresh Haricoverts (regular green beans are great too)
2 cloves Garlic - minced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
4 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
3 tbsp Soy Sauce
1-2 tbsp Garlic Chili Sauce (Siracha works well too)
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Cornstarch
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

This is what you do:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and with 1 tbsp Oil.  Add the ground pork, 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper and 2 tsp Cornstarch.  Break up the pork and mix with the seasonings well.  When just cooked through, add the minced garlic and the green beans.  Mix completely and cook for about 5-7 minutes.  While this is cooking, whisk4 tbsp Hoisin sauce, 3 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1-2 tbsp Garlic Chili Sauce, 2 tsp Sugar in a bowl.  Pour over the pork and green beans and mix so everything is coated.  Continue cooking until the green beans have reached your desired done-ness, about 5-10 minutes.  Serve alone, with rice or my Crispy Cauliflower Rice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Total Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4
First thing to do is add 1 tbsp Olive Oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the ground pork, 1/4 tsp each of Salt and Pepper and 2 tsp Cornstarch and break up the meat and mix all around.
 The cornstarch is important because it thickens up the sauce.

Continue cooking the meat until it is just cooked through.  While this happening, get the 2 garlic cloves minced.  Once the meat is ready, add the garlic and the green beans to the skillet.
Stir all around so the green beans get coated with the seasoning and the pork.  Cook for 5-7 minutes.

While the green beans are cooking, get the sauce ready.  Combine 4 tbsp Hoisin Sauce, 3 tbsp Soy Sauce, 1-2 tbsp Garlic Chili Sauce or Siracha and 2 tsp Sugar and whisk well.  Pour the sauce over the green beans and pork and mix around so everything is coated evenly.  
 This is magic sauce.

After everything is coated well, continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the green beans are cooked to your preference.  You want them to be tender but not mushy.  When they are ready, plate and serve!

This is honestly just as good as something you would eat in a Chinese restaurant and is so easy and much healthier.  This is a family favorite in my house and I hope you enjoy as much as we do!