Welcome back to another Foodie Tuesday, where we feature fun/cheap/free recipes and food tips.
Last week I shared with you an easy way to make quick, cheap, and fancy pork chops. What happens if you have leftover pork chops? You throw them out, right?
Anyone close to me can attest that I am O.C.D about NOT throwing out food! (Right, Shannon??) I hate when it goes bad and I throw it out, but I TRIPLE HATE throwing out perfectly good food.
So rather than throwing out chops that you're tired of eating, reuse them!
This is also a great way to use up produce that needs to be used, too!
Here's how I did it:
Take your leftover pork,
And slice the meat off the bone into thin strips.
Chop up any veggies you have that needs to be used up!
I had a bunch from my produce co-op that I needed to eat. I used baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, celery, and…I think that's it. But you can add anything! Peas, pea pods, green onion, water chestnuts, the works.
Note: My mom took a Chinese cooking class years ago. They taught if you dice your veggies at an angle (just hold your knife at a 45 degree angle or so), it makes everything look fancier. I didn't do this, but it really does look so much prettier!
Meanwhile, get some rice cooking. I love using a rice cooker because you add rice (do brown rice for a healthier option, but it takes WAY longer to cook so plan ahead!), add water, push a button, and forget about it. You can also steam veggies in it too, just FYI.
I got this beaut from my MIL for Christmas and really like it.
Once your rice is done, grab some of this delicious stuff:
You can use any type of sauce you'd like, but I love Yoshida's. I get it from Costco. OH! Though, I did sample an amazing sesame teriyaki marinade/cooking sauce from there today, I will buy it next time for sure. Anyway…
Heat some sauce in your pan (get it pretty hot) and throw in your veggies! No oil needed! If you want you can put in a bit of minced garlic with the sauce first, and saute that for a minute or two.
Crank your heat up to medium high and stir-fry your veggies until they are crisp-tender. You don't want them soggy, but you certainly want them cooked through. It's a delicate process, but just keep stirring and you'll be fine!
I like to add a bit of soy sauce to my veggies toward the end when they are almost done. Throw in your pork, and add more marinade. Let that simmer for a minute so the pork gets the good flavor too.
Once it's all done, put your rice in a big bowl. Dump the veggie/meat mixture (sauce and all!) over the rice. Stir well, add more sauce to taste if needed, and enjoy!
It's seriously so good, so easy, and a great way to use up all those leftovers in your fridge. Enjoy!