I had some defrosted ground pork in the fridge that I needed to cook up but I had no fricking idea what I wanted to do with it. Correction. I had a ton of ideas for what I could make (e.g. skinless gyoza , pork larb, meatballs) but I was too lazy to make anything too involved.
Inspired by this pork and shrimp lettuce wraps recipe, I decided to make a quick stir-fry with items in my fridge and pantry. I’ve cut back on cooking Asian dishes because all my favorite condiments are decidedly not Paleo – oyster sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, mirin, seasoned rice vinegar, any store-bought Asian sauce/marinade. How the hell can I make Asian food taste right? You need the right balance of sweet, savory, sour, and umami.
After looking at my pantry, I found some good replacement items. For umami flavor, fish sauce is great. Although Fitbomb likes to avoid soy products, I do have some wheat-free tamari on hand for savory and umami flavoring. (Coconut aminos are a great alternative for folks who want to go soy-free) To add some sour flavor, I have a variety of vinegars and some lemons/limes in my fridge.
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 onion chopped finely in my mini-prep
- 2 cups thinly sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1 pound pasture raised ground pork
- 3 garlic cloves squeezed through my garlic press
- 1 inch knob of ginger grated on a microplane (I keep my ginger in the freezer)
- 4 cups pre-washed baby spinach
- 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari
- 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
I heated up some coconut oil in my skillet over medium-high heat. Then I added the onion and once they were translucent, I threw in the mushrooms. Once the vegetables cooked down, I put in the ground pork, garlic, and ginger. I added the fish sauce, coconut aminos (or tamari), and vinegar (all the measurements above are estimations). Once the sauces were mixed in, I added the spinach and stirred them around until they wilted. I tasted for seasoning and added salt and pepper as needed.
I just scooped up the sir-fry and plopped it in a bowl and chowed down. Yummy, but in the future, I’ll serve it with some cauliflower fried “rice.”
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