Can you have a low calorie meal with Pork on the menu? Yes you can, but you need to be careful with the other ingredients (salad greens are good).
This dish was inspired by the spicy peanut sauce found on this blog http://basil-albi.blogspot.ca/2011/10/spring-rolls-with-spicy-peanut-sauce.html#.UyZ9SvmSw9Q The recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of dried chilli flakes – FOUR tablespoons! I halved the recipe and then halved the quantity of dried chilli flakes, and this spicy paste is just perfectly spicy for me, and I like it hot. As for the filling, I’m using lean ground pork, in a type of San Choy Bow stir fry.
This is a simple dish, prep some carrots, Bell Pepper, onions and garlic, fry to soften, get a bunch of fresh herbs, some spring onions, add some bean sprouts for crunch, and fry up some pork mince, bung it all in a lettuce leaf with a slap of spicy peanut sauce and devour. I made the spicy peanut sauce in advance, but it only takes 10 minutes. The whole meal is low calorie, quick, tasty and most of all spicy, spicy, spicy.
Ingredients – serves 2
Pork lettuce wraps
170 grams lean pork mince
1 carrot sliced into thin strips
2 cloves of garlic crushed
salt and pepper
1 onion finely chopped
handfull of parsley or mint chopped
handful of coriander chopped
8 Lettuce cups iceberg
2 cups baby rocket (arugula), chopped
1 Large Spring onion thinly sliced
1 Red Chilli pepper finely chopped
1 cup of bean sprouts
Spicy Peanut sauce
1/8 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoons red pepper flakes
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste or ketchup
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1. Fry the onion and garlic in a teaspoon of oil until soft, add the julienne of carrot and Bell pepper and fry until soft. The onions should be slightly caramelised by then. Place the cooked veggies in a bowl for later.
2. Mix the chopped parsley, coriander, spring onion, chilli and bean sprouts in a bowl and set aside.
3. Fry the pork mince in the same non-stick pan as the veggies, with a pinch of salt, and grind of pepper until just cooked. Remove and place in a bowl ready for assembly
4. Separate the lettuce cups from an iceberg lettuce, and line on a plate.
Spicy peanut sauce
1. In a pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil and cook the onions, garlic and red pepper flakes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine. Cook for about 5-6 minutes.
Spread a teaspoon of the Spicy Peanut sauce over the inside of a lettuce leaf, layer on a good amount of the cooked veggies, then the Pork, followed by the salad. Wrap and eat. Be aware, the sauce is very spicy. I ate 3 of these, and that was enough, we have plenty of salad, veggies and sauce leftover but the pork was all gone, I wonder why?