I have no idea what possessed me to make this recipe. I don’t like green beans and I only like pork in very limited circumstances – sausages and dumplings. And even then I am pretty fussy about the sausage and dumplings. But I am glad the recipe did possess me (cause really what other explanation could there be except I was possessed) as I really like it and it took under half an hour to make. Not to mention it used up some pork mince that had been lurking in my fridge for quite awhile following an attempt at making pot stickers.
I am not a vegetarian but I think wasting meat it criminal given an animal has given up its life. The pork was getting to the point where it was going to be dodgy to eat if I left it much longer.
This recipe is from weight watchers for Chinese pork and green bean stir-fry and while I am not a fan of the whole weighing myself in public, they do have some great low calorie recipes. My only gripe is that they don’t offer many recipes just for one. They are always for families. As if people in families are the only ones who ever need to lose weight and eat healthy.
But as this recipe uses mince it was easy to reduce for one. And the flavours aren’t dissimilar to that in a dumpling and that probably explains why I liked this recipe. It has great salty smoky flavours from the sauces and oil which I love and the chili adds sweetness. Don’t skimp and skip the peanuts. I often skip the peanut garnish in recipes to cut back calories but in this recipe they add a lovely crunch and taste to the dish.
The recipe calls for lightly steamed green beans. Normally having a cooked ingredient in a recipe makes me very grumpy as I normally don’t realize I am supposed to have done some pre cooking. Luckily I realized this time around and rather than using a whole other pot I used this vegetable steamer and popped it over the water I was bringing to the boil for the rice. It is a handy item to have in the house.
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- 1/2 tsp of minced garlics (equal to half a clove)
- 1/3 of a red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 1 tsp of minced ginger
- 1/2 tbs of sesame oil
- 130g of pork mince
- 1 spring onion, halved and finely sliced
- 1/2 tbs of brown sugar
- 1/2 tbs of soy sauce
- 1/2 tbs of oyster sauce
- 50g of green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 5cm pieces, lightly steamed
- 8g of roasted peanuts, chopped
- 1 tbs of fresh basil, shredded
I pretty much followed the instructions given on the Weight Watchers site but I cooked all the pork in one batch and it only took about 2 minutes if that. One of the benefits of cooking for one is that you don’t need to do batches. I add 1 tbs of water when I added the sauces to the pan and the sauce will reduce very quickly with the smaller amounts. I didn’t garnish with additional basil as I was feeling lazy.
Prep time is about 10-15 minutes and cooking time is only 10 minutes if that. The dish has about 330 calories.
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