People often say, "I don't have time to cook healthy! I am tired at the end of the day, and I don't want to slave in the kitchen for hours just to have a healthy meal." They might resort to such atrocities as Lean Cuisine (hey I have done it!) or fast food. But cooking healthy can be really fast and easy. All you have to do is have a few basics on hand and you can have a delicious meal in minutes!
I want to teach you how to make a yummy quick meal that you will really enjoy. You can make this meal from practically any meat, vegetables, and spices you have in the kitchen. The technique is the same, and the results can be as varied as your tastes! You can use chicken, lean beef, or lean pork for this recipe. Broccoli is by far, in my opinion, the best vegetable for this, but you can use cabbage, carrots, celery, peas, green beans, whatever. Try different things and play around with it. You can also vary the sauces.
So here's the basic technique, using pork sirloin and curry. I will give variations at the end!
For one serving:
Slice 6 ounces of raw pork sirloin roast into thin small pieces. This took me under 3 minutes.
While that is going on, heat a nonstick pan on medium high. Spray it with Pam, toss in the pork in a single layer, and season with onion powder, garlic powder (generous), and black pepper. Cook until browned, flipping once. This takes maybe 3 more minutes.
While it's browning, cut up 2 cups of broccoli.
Add some chicken broth to the pan... enough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/4 inch deep. Doesn't need to be exact at all! Just pour some in there. Toss the broccoli on top, put a cover on the pan, lower the heat a little, and let it steam until tender. This takes about 5 minutes.
Get out 2 wedges of Laughing Cow Light cheese, original flavor, and toss them in the pan too. If you don't have any, use 2T light cream cheese instead. Sprinkle a good dose of curry powder into the pan. Stir and mash the cheese around into the broth, adding more broth if needed (this will make the sauce.) Just stir it around until the cheese melts into the broth and the broccoli is covered in rich yellow curry sauce.
That's it! Done! It looks like this:
It's very good. Filling and nutritious. You can easily substitute 7 oz of raw sliced chicken breast and follow the same recipe for chicken curry. You can use either chicken or pork to make a Chinese "stir fry" type dish also. The only difference is:
Follow all the steps up through cooking the broccoli, but do NOT add any cheese, Instead, add a few shakes of soy sauce, some ginger (fresh or powdered) and a little more garlic. Stir til coated (if you want a thicker sauce, add a half teaspoon of cornstarch to the broth). I had this version yesterday and it was excellent.
This dish takes under 15 minutes to prepare, easily. It is even faster if you have your broccoli already cut up (you can do this on the weekend for the whole week) or have your meat already sliced. You can make this with chicken or pork you had already cooked and you can use frozen vegetables too, although fresh is definitely better. You can make larger batches of this for your family and serve it over rice if you like (I use riced cauliflower instead... which is just grated cauliflower, steamed until tender like rice). It's a simple, easy, tasty way to get in enough protein and veggies for dinner without all the salt, fat, sodium and carbs that many meals include. Enjoy!
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