So this time around, like every couple out there I’m sure, Johnny and I decided our collective New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more often and eat healthier. Wish us luck!
We started running together this week, and I’ve been at it in the kitchen making healthy meals for us! I’ve got hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick breakfast or snack, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator, and homemade pita chips that are absolutely to die for and a great partner for healthy dips like hummus!
The star players of last nights dinner were lean, protein packed pork with whole wheat spaghetti complemented by the flavors of metabolism boosting red pepper and exotic curry and sesame. I prepared a take out favorite with a twist that couldn’t have been simpler to make and was absolutely guilt free!
Curried Sesame Pork Lo Mien
- 1 lb. lean pork chops, sliced into thin strips
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
- 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh or powdered),divided
- 2 tablespoons curry powder, divided
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1/4 lb. whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 package frozen, shelled edamame, defrosted
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Scallions for garnish
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, and half of all the spices. Add the sliced pork and marinade for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta to package directions. Drain, and stir in 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Set aside.
Heat a wok or a large frying pan over high heat. Add about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the pork, reserving any marinade in the bowl, and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove the pork from pan and set aside in the bowl with the reserved marinade.
Add more oil to the pan if necessary and add the zucchini and peppers, stirring constantly, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and add to pork.
Add a small amount more oil if necessary and add the egg to the pan, scramble.
Add the pasta to the pan and mix it around well.
Add remaining sesame oil and spices. Mix well.
Add the pork, veggies, and reserved marinade.
Add the edamame and remove from heat. Taste, and season further with soy sauce or spices as desired.
Serve sprinkled with scallions and enjoy!
**Remember folks, this recipe is just a guideline!
Please feel free to use whatever spices and vegetables you like!
This recipe would be great with chicken or tofu too!
Whatever you choose to do will be equally delicious and healthy!
Make sure you let me know how your version turns out!**