Recipe #1 – Pork and Vegetables over Rice

Our first recipe is a pork and vegetable stir fry I served over rice. As I addressed in my first post, a flavor profile and some key ingredients come into play here. Let’s discuss the flavor profile, which I will call Teriyaki for now. The Teriyaki profile is one I use often to give my dishes the Asian flavor I love. It is simply an equal amount of soy sauce and a sweet cooking wine called mirin. Some garlic and ginger also helps to add the Asian flair. You can easily find these in your local grocery store.

Now the vegetables I used in this dish are onion, bell pepper, and mushroom. These are good vegetables to have around because you can put them in a variety of dishes, from omelets to Philly cheese steaks to roast beef.

As any college student will tell you, rice is another good friend of yours next to coffee and teaching assistants because, again, it is such a versatile ingredient. A cup of rice can provide you with a variety of dishes and it is so simple to make. Just keep in mind the 2:3 ratio of rice to water, and your rice will be a breeze to cook. Just put one cup of rice in a small pot with 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, and a splash of oil. Bring the pot to a boil then turn your heat down to low. Put the lid on your pot and leave it alone for 20 minutes. Here’s 20 things you can do with rice.

As for the stir fry, I chopped the vegetables into bite-sized chunks and stir fried them in a pan on medium heat for a couple minutes. Then I added some leftover pulled pork I brought back from home. (BTW, leftover home cooking is your friend. Take advantage of it.) After another minute, I added a clove’s worth of minced garlic and poured in 2 tablespoons each of soy sauce and mirin. After stirring that to make a lovely sauce, I squeezed in a pea sized amount of Sriracha for a little kick. Simply scoop half of the finished rice into your favorite bowl and pour the finished ingredients over the rice.

And there you have it! A simple dish that can be easily replicated or modified. Perhaps we’ll see some variation of this dish in another post. For now, I hope you try this out and I hope it comes out great. Remember: you need to eat the rest of your life, you might as well eat well. Until next time!

The finished dish.

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