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30 Minute Healthy Ginger Pork & Egg Rice Bowls

30 Minute Healthy Ginger Pork & Egg Rice Bowls

I thought it was time to post something a bit more sustaining than just chocolate recipes. While they are great to have in the cupboard we all have to eat real food every known and again. Cookies aren't a meal option, are they? Yeah, I thought not. I am all about quick and easy meals. While I do love cooking, in general, I do find that most afternoon's it's the last thing I feel like doing after running around after kids all morning and wrestling them into their beds for nap time. I just want to collapse into bed myself let alone think about starting dinner. 

So when I have to think about doing dinner I make sure it's something quick, easy and tasty. Just because it's quick doesn't mean it should be bland and tasteless. I came up with these Healthy Ginger Pork & Egg Rice Bowls last week when I had pulled pork mince out of the freezer and wondered what I should do with it. I was going to make sausage rolls but I wasn't in the mood for them. I felt like something vibrant and healthy and full of flavour. I am a sucker for Vietnamese foods and this recipe is definitely inspired from this cuisine.

So I had no real recipe in mind when I shoved the mince in the frying pan but decided to go with the flow and add a bit of this and that until I was happy with the flavour. I made sure I packed it full of veggies and let them cook down until they were invisible with the mince and sauce. The kids had no idea it was packed with zucchini and carrots. Mum - 1, Kids - 0. I ended up spiking the pork with ginger and garlic and drizzled it in thick and sweet kejap manis, a little soy, sesame oil and a dash of fish sauce. All finished off with a drizzle of fresh lime juice. It was sweet, salty, with a hint of zing from the lime. Perfect. 


I  popped on the rice to cook while I prepared the veggie side of the dish ready to be added once everything was ready. I had the egg omelette warming in the oven after cooking it in the pan the mince was sauteing in. I have to say I think I banged this meal out in under 40 minutes and that was with a clingy baby in the background. Thank goodness hubby was home at the time to juggle her. Otherwise dinner would have been toast or leftovers from the freezer. 

Once everything was finished cooking I scooped rice into shallow bowls followed by the Ginger Pork Mince (so good) and arranged the veggie on the side (in a tasteful manner of course) popped on some slices of egg omelette and finished with a sprinkle of peanuts. It was so good. A tip if you want to forgo the rice why not try some of some rice vermicelli or a light option try zucchini zoodles.

I'll be honest my kids were wary of it when I put it in front of them for dinner. I ended up having the mix the pork mince and rice together as they weren't so sure on the new flavours. Unless it's sausages and chips my kids are wary of most meals I put in front of them these days. Anyone else feels like they bang their head on a wall every meal time with there kids? Anyway, hubby and I enjoyed it immensely and will be adding it to our monthly meal plan rotation of recipes.  I hope you enjoy it too.


Ginger Pork Rice Bowls

by The Whimsical Wife

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 15-20 min

Serves: 4

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    Ginger Pork
    • 500g good quality pork mince
    • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
    • 2 tsp garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp kejap manis
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
    • 2 medium carrots, grated
    • 2 medium zucchini, grated
    Rice Bowl
    • 2 cups basmati rice
    • 4 cups water
    Egg Omlette
    • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
    • Red capsicum. finely sliced
    • Snow peas, finely sliced
    • Carrot, shredded
    • Cucumber, finely sliced
    • Chopped peanuts
    • Fresh mint


    Egg Omlette

    Add a tablespoon of olive oil into a large non-stick or cast iron saucepan and heat on high. When the oil starts to smoke slightly add the beaten egg into the pan and swirl around to cover the entire base. Reduce the heat to medium and let the egg cook until it is no longer runny on top. Using a spatula flip the omelette over and cook for a further minute. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly before rolling up and slicing into 1cm thick pieces. Cover with foil until required.

    Ginger Pork

    In a large saucepan over a medium heat add the pork mince and a tablespoon of olive oil. Saute the mince until brown.

    Add in the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in the grated vegetables and saute until the vegetables are soft.

    Add the kejap manis, soy, sesame oil, fish sauce and a 1/4 cup of water. Simmer the dish for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.

    Rice Bowl

    Place the rice and water into a saucepan with the lid on. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the water has absorbed and holes start to appear in the top of the rice. Remove from the heat and let the rice sit for 5 minutes to fluff up.


    In shallow bowls add a scoop of rice and ginger pork mince. Arrange the vegetables around the rest of the bowl and top with slices of the omelette. Squeeze over fresh lime and finish off with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts and a sprig of mint.

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