The Family Dinner Challenge is back! Are you bored cooking the same family dinners over and over? It is easy to get stuck in a rut with family dinners. But help is at hand – Jill & I have taken to Instagram for our monthly family dinner challenge! We are both given the same basic ingredients and we have to create a wonderful family dinner. We can add a few store cupboard ingredients. They go on our Instagram stories and are then voted on by you! This month it was pork, onions and garlic. Here’s my Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe:
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This recipe serves 4
Michelle’s Sweet and Sour Pork
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion finely sliced
- 1 clove of garlic crushed
- 1 thumb size piece of ginger finely grated
- 4 pork chops (chopped into bite size pieces, fat removed)
- 1 tin pineapple chunks in own juice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons vinegar (rice or regular white works best)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (I used muscovado sugar)
- 1 red/yellow/ green pepper finely sliced
- 1 carrot shaved using peeler (optional)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- Rice to serve
- Heat oil in wok or large frying pan
- Add your bite size pieces of pork and cook for 5 to 10 minutes
- Remove meat and add chopped onion, crushed garlic, grated ginger, sliced peppers and carrot shavings (you could also add mange tout, courgettes sliced, beansprouts and bamboo shoots if you wish)
- Cook until onions and peppers are soft
- Return meat to wok/pan
- Add tomato ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and vinegar to create a sauce
- Add pineapple chunks and half the pineapple juice from the can
- Cook until sauce thickens slightly
- Taste and adjust according to your palette i.e. add more honey, sugar, pineapple juice or tomato ketchup for sweetness, add more soy sauce for saltiness and add more vinegar for sour.
- Serve with boiled rice
Tip: This recipe also works well with chicken breast or thigh meat, prawns or any firm fish. Or you can have it as a veggie dish too.
Verdict: Just like we get from the take away but healthier as the meat is not deep fried! This is a firm family favourite and is ready in no time at all.
You may also enjoy these recipes from our Family Dinner Challenge:
- Jill’s Cheesy Beef Pasta Bake
- Michelle’s Easy Homemade Meatballs Recipe
- Jill’s One Pot Mexican Chicken Rice
- Michelle’s Tasty Homemade Chicken Curry
- Jill’s Butterbean, Chorizo & Leek Gratin
- Michelle’s Leek & Butterbean Risotto
Over to you now. Have you tried my sweet and sour pork recipe? Please share your thoughts, additions or improvements with us in the comments box below.