Thursday, December 15, 2011

Roasted Asian Pork Roast with Sesame Noodles and Stirfry Vegetables

I rarely cook pork so when I do it is always unexpected.  Pork sirloin roasts were only $1.99/lb this week, so that inspired me to make this meal.  Craving an Asian inspired meal made this easy to put together.  I used my go-to traditional flavors (garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and honey) plus a few unexpected ones (grounds cloves and crushed hot pepper) to season.  Filled with fresh vegetables, this stir fry veggies uses the reserved juices from the pork and a little garlic for a light side.  To complete the plate, I added a whole wheat pasta side with sesame oil and sesame seeds.  The flavors from each side were different, but complementary for a well rounded meal. 

The pork can be done in a slow cooker over four hours on high, for eight hours on low, or done in an oven in about two. In a time crunch for dinner?  Put all of ingredients in a slow cooker the night before and refrigerate.  Before you leave in the morning set the slow cooker on to the desired temperature and when you come home most of the work will be done for you!  You can even chop the vegetables ahead of time to put it on the table even faster!

Cruciferous Vegetables? What do cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and kale all have in common?  Yes, they are all vegetables, and delicious... but there's more than that to them.  They form a family of vegetables that has extraordinary cancer-fighting properties by reducing free radicals (molecules responsible for tissue damage).  Multiple studies have shown that the consumption of these vegetables can help stop the growth of tumors in multiple areas of the body.  Try to include them into your diet as much as possible because they are high in fiber and have wonderful health benefits!

Roasted Asian Pork Roast
Serves 8

2 pounds of sirloin pork roast
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
1/4 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic and ginger.  Place the roast in a dutch oven and spread celery and onion around the roast.  Pour the sauce mixture over the top and sprinkle with pepper.  Cook at 350 for 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 140 degrees. 

Sesame Noodles with Stir fry Vegetables
Serves 8

1 pound of whole wheat pasta
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
 1 head of broccoli, cut in bite-size pieces
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced
1 can of sliced water chestnuts
6 stalks of asparagus, diced
2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Cook pasta as directed.  Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.  Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Add ginger and vegetables, cover and cook until the vegetables are tender.  Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar in a bowl and pour over the vegetables.  Add the cooked pasta and top with sesame seeds.  Serve roasted pork over the pasta and vegetables. 

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup pasta plus 3 oz of pork and 1 cup of vegetables
360 calories, 33 g carbohydrates, 34 g protein, 10 g fat, 7 g fiber, 270 mg sodium

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this roasted Asian roast with sesame noodles vegetables and Pork Stir Fry recipe. I'm sure this was delicious. So I will cook this later. I hope that my husband will like it. Keep on sharing!