Sweet and Sour Pork

You know there will always be that first love in your husband or significant others life. No, I am not talking about an ex-girlfriend, I am talking about someone more special, his mom! I asked my husband what he wanted me to make him for dinner as I was looking for something special. He said, “the dish my mom would make with the crunchy noodles.” So of course, I called her and asked what this dish was called and for the recipe. Low in behold, it is not called “the dish with the crunchy noodles”, it turned out to be Sweet and Sour Pork. She told me it was her mom’s recipe and she would make it often for her boys. She said it was good to make ahead of time, so when they came home from football practice, they would have something hearty and nutritious to eat. She also mentioned that it was the dish he requested for her to make when I came to dinner for the first time. He got free brownie points today for making my heart smile, all thanks to his mom :)

We made this dish last night and I doubled the recipe so I could invite some friends over. We all loved it and I hope you will too! xoxo~Lisa

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Sweet and Sour Pork
 
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 lbs pork
  2. 1 large can of pineapple chunks
  3. 1/4 C brown sugar
  4. 1 T cornstarch
  5. 1/4 C white vinegar
  6. 1 T soy sauce
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 3/4 C green pepper strips (I used red as well, for color)
  9. 1/4 thinly sliced onions
Instructions
  1. Trim fat from pork (you can use pork chops or a tenderloin, I used a tenderloin). Cut into bite sized pieces and brown slowly in oil (I used about 2 TBS of Grapeseed oil but you can use Canola). Add 1/4 C water. Cover and simmer one hour - adding a little more water from time to time as it cooks off. Drain pineapple (reserving syrup- I used Whole Food's 365 brand which was in natural juice). Combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Add pineapple syrup/juice, vinegar, soy sauce and salt. Cook over low heat until thick stirring constantly. Pour over hot, cooked pork. Let stand at least 10 min. Add pineapple, green pepper and onion (I diced mine). Cook 2-3 min. Serve with rice (white or brown) and Chinese noodles (Chow Mein Noodles)
Notes
  1. ***I tried to find a healthy version of the Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles at Whole Foods to no avail. They had a Gluten free version but it was definitely not going to fly with my husband so I bought them at Safeway, out of a can. You can choose to use them, or not but they do make the dish a lot better.
  2. ***I wouldn't say this dish is super skinny because of the brown sugar but you can use Splenda

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