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.