FOOD QUICKFIX MCT

Pork fried rice is the perfect dish for leftover rice and meat.

Tribune News Service

Fried rice needs to be crisp and flavorful. That’s the key to this pork fried rice. Chinese restaurants use special equipment to get their woks very hot. For home cooking, add the ingredients and let them sit for 1 or 2 minutes before tossing. This allows the wok to return to a high heat after the cold food has been added.

This is a perfect dish for leftover rice and meat. In fact, cold rice makes better fried rice.

Helpful hints

  • For easy stir-frying, place all of the prepared ingredients on a cutting board or plate in order of use. You won’t have to look at the recipe once you start to cook.

Countdown

  • Make rice and set aside.
  • Marinate pork.
  • Prepare ingredients.
  • Make fried rice.

Shopping list

To buy: 1 package microwaveable brown rice, ¾ pound pork tenderloin, 1 small bottle low-sodium soy sauce, 1 small bottle hoisin sauce, 1 package frozen peas, 1 head bok choy and 1 bunch scallions.

Staples: canola oil, onion, garlic egg, salt and black peppercorns.

Pork Fried Rice

Yield 2 servings.

Microwaveable brown rice to measure 1½ c.

¾ lb. pork tenderloin

3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp. water

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 medium yellow onion, sliced (2 c.)

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4 medium garlic cloves, crushed

1 c. frozen petite peas

4 c. sliced bok choy

1 egg, lightly beaten

6 scallions, sliced (about 1½ cups)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Microwave brown rice according to package instructions. Measure 1½ cups and set aside. Save any extra rice for another meal. Remove visible fat from pork and cut into ½-inch pieces. Mix soy sauce, hoisin sauce and water together in a bowl and add pork to marinate while preparing other ingredients. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. When smoking, remove pork from sauce, reserving the sauce. Add pork to the work and stir fry 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pork to a plate. Add rice and onion. Toss for 2 minutes. Add garlic, peas and bok choy. Toss 1 minute. Make a hole by pushing the rice mixture aside. Add the egg and scramble. When cooked, mix it into the rice mixture. Add reserved sauce and mix well. Return meat and stir fry about 1 minute. Sprinkle scallions on top along with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 669 calories (24 percent from fat), 18.1 g fat (3.3 g saturated, 8.8 g monounsaturated), 201 mg cholesterol, 52.2 g protein, 75 g carbohydrates, 10.2 g fiber, 1394 mg sodium. -- Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook," "Delicious One-Pot Dishes" and "Quick and Easy Chicken." Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.

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