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Pork and Asparagus Stir-Fry
with rice / coconut lime smoothie

Active: 30 minTotal: 50 min
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Slice pork chops into thin strips for a stir-fry that cooks fast and is super satisfying.
Smarts: The sauce for this stir-fry can be made with oyster sauce or hoisin sauce. Oyster sauce will give it a rich savory flavor while hoisin will add a bit more sweetness.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Basmati Rice (for 2 nights):
  • Water - 1 3/4 cups
  • Rice, basmati - 1 cup (sub regular rice but follow cooking instructions for regular rice)
Pork and Asparagus Stir-Fry:
  • Pork chops, boneless - 1 lb, thinly sliced
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Asparagus - 10 oz, trimmed and chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger (opt) - 1 tsp, grated
  • Oyster sauce - 1 Tbsp (sub Hoisin sauce)
  • Water - 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Chives - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Coconut Lime Smoothie:
  • Coconut milk, light - 1 cup
  • Bananas - 1
  • Ice - 2 cups
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Cook rice - (This makes enough for two nights.) Fill a saucepan with water (portion for rice) and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then add rice. Bring to a simmer, cover, turn heat down to low and cook until rice has absorbed all the liquid, 15 to 18 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate pork - Thinly slice pork chops (the thinner you slice them, the faster they will cook). Combine with first part of soy sauce and rice vinegar. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Asparagus / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed. Store asparagus in one container. Combine garlic and ginger in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make sauce - Combine garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, second part of soy sauce, first part of water (portion for stir-fry), toasted sesame oil, honey, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Chives - Chop chives.
  6. Make slurry - Whisk together second part of water and cornstarch.
  7. Make smoothie - Combine coconut milk, bananas, ice, yogurt, and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Make

  1. Heat cooking oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Drain marinade off pork (discard marinade) and add pork to asparagus. Stir-fry until golden brown on the outside and nearly cooked through, ~5 minutes.
  3. Add sauce to stir-fry. Give slurry a stir and add it to stir-fry. Simmer until sauce thickens, ~2 minutes more.
  4. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve 1 cup / 158 g for Thursday; amount for 4 servings, adjust if customizing.)
  5. Serve stir-fry over rice with chives on top. Enjoy smoothie on the side.
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Reviews

This meal has 37 reviews

My family loved this meal! I made it with the hoisin sauce and found it very flavorful and delicious! My 8 year old even asked for seconds!

By: Becky
Posted: May 22, 2019
Diet: Original

Contrary to some reviews, I actually found it very flavorful. Used more asparagus, which was excellent, and helped balance out the meal.

By: Adam
Posted: May 19, 2019
Diet: Original

This gets 5 stars for being easy and my kids liking it. It needed a bit more flavor in my book (so I added hot sauce) but the kids loved it. I added mushrooms, broccoli and extra asp because it shrunk down a lot. It took less than 30 min to make and I like how the sauce thickens up when you add the cornstarch.

By: Talia
Posted: May 16, 2019
Diet: Original

It was fine. No body was wow at home.

By: andres
Posted: May 15, 2019
Diet: Original

Added snap peas, some chili garlic sauce, and honey in the smoothie. Simple, easy.

By: Michelle
Posted: May 15, 2019
Diet: Original

Four stars for husband and I (lacking one element and smoothie was so-so) But FIVE stars because picky-eater-toddler loved it! I chopped the meat and veggies super fine and mixed it with the rice and he gobbled it up! It felt like such a win!

By: Shannon
Posted: May 15, 2019
Diet: Original