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Chinese Pulled Pork (Crock Pot)

This recipe was really interesting. Usually when you think of pulled pork, you expect a spicy Southwest flavor. But this one has an awesome Chinese sauce that is mellow and mild and is perfect with pulled pork.

Chinese Pulled Pork
Chinese Pulled Pork

8 servings
227 calories per serving

1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c hoisin sauce
3 T ketchup
3 T honey
2 t minced garlic
2 t grated fresh ginger
1 t dark sesame oil
1/2 t five-spice powder
2 lb. boneless pork roast, trimmed
1/2 c chicken broth

Mix soy, Hoisin, ketchup, honey, garlic, ginger, oil and five spice and place in a zip loc bag. Add roast and mush it around so the spice adheres to the roast. Place in refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours. When ready to cook, place in crock and cook on low 8 hours. Remove roast and cover to keep warm. Place broth in croc, re-cover and cook another 1./2 hour or until sauce thickens. Shred pork and serve with extra sauce.

If you do not have Chinese 5 spice, here’s a quick recipe so you can make it yourself:

Mix all of this in a spice grinder and then use the appropriate amount in your recipe:

1 T peppercorns
1 T cloves
1 t anise seed or 1 T star anise
1 T fennel seeds
1 T cinnamon

Chicken Wontons in Broth

I love making wontons – you fill them with just about anything and drop in broth and they make a great meal. But this one goes far beyond – the flavors of the ginger, lemon and vegetables mingle so beautifully ! You’ll want to make this one again and again.

Chicken Wontons in Broth
Chicken Wontons in Broth

6 servings
395 calories per serving

7 cups fat free broth (chicken, beef or a mixture of both)
4 c water
3 T soy sauce
1 T lemon juice
24 wonton wrappers
1 large shallot, finely chopped
½ pound ground chicken
¾ c bok choy, finely chopped
½ c finely chopped mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
1 T soy sauce
1 t garlic powder
2 t minced fresh ginger
2 t grated lemon rind
1 t dark sesame oil
Dash of hot sauce

Prepare wontons (see below). Bring broth to a boil. Add 3 T soy, salt and pepper. Add wontons and cook 3 minutes or until done. Add lemon juice right at the end.

Wonton preparation:
Spray pan with Pam and cook shallot 3 minutes. Add water if it starts to get dry. Add ground meat and cook until done. Make sure you break it up into little pieces as it cooks. Let cool. Add in bok choy, mushrooms, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger, lemon zest, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Fill wontons (click below for a short video tutorial if you are not familiar with wonton preparation).

Orange Pork and Broccoli

Very orangey – very authentic – very, very good !

Orange Pork and Broccoli
Orange Pork and Broccoli

4 servings
314 calories per serving

3/4 lb. pork loin cut into thin strips
2 T red wine or beef broth
1 T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
3/4 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 T dark sesame oil
2 c broccoli florets
1 orange bell pepper, cut into strips
1 1/2 t grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 c orange juice
1/4 c hoisin sauce (available in the Asian section at your food market)
2 T honey
2 c hot cooked brown rice

Mix pork, wine, soy, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Add broccoli and pepper and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the pork and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the finer and cook 1 minute longer. Add the juice, hoisin sauce and honey and cook until pork is done and sauce is thickened some, about 3 minutes. Serve with the hot cooked rice on the side.

Honey Tilapia

Serve with Ginger Carrots and Steamed Potatoes with Garlic Sauce for an awesome meal 🙂

This is a very aromatic meal and the sauce can really be used on any white fish, delicate or firm. I make a little extra sauce and really smother the fish for extra goodness.

Honey Tilapia
Honey Tilapia

4 servings
230 calories per serving

1 t oil
4 6 oz. tilapia filets
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

2 1/2 T lemon juice
2 T green onions, chopped
1 T honey
1 T soy sauce
1 t bottled ground fresh ginger
1/4 t dark sesame oil

Prepare dressing by placing all ingredients in a bowl and mixing well.

Heat oil in a non stick skillet on medium high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes each side or until fish is opaque. Top each fillet with 2 T of dressing.

Poached Fish in Asian Broth

The colors are so vibrant that you can taste this dish with your eyes ! And the flavor was just tremendous !!! I served it with a little brown rice right in the broth and it was a meal that we are still talking about. You definitely have to try this one.

Poached Fish in Asian Broth

4 servings
203 calories per serving

3 c chicken broth
2 T sherry or white wine
2 T soy sauce
2 slices lemon
3 thin slices peeled ginger root
¼ t cayenne

1 lb. orange roughy or other thick mild fish fillets
Extra water if necessary
6 green onions (green part only) in thin slices
1 medium red bell pepper in thin slices
1 rib celery cut in ¼ inch pieces
½ t sesame oil
1 carrot, grated
Fresh pepper to taste

In a large non aluminum skillet bring broth ingredients to a boil over high heat. Rinse and dry fish. Reduce heat and place fish in broth. Add water if needed to cover the fish all the way. Simmer for 10 minutes per inch of fish thickness or until fish is done. Remove fish with slotted spoon and place into 4 soup bowls. Boil liquid and add green onions, peppers and celery and cook 3 minutes. Remove and discard lemon and ginger. Take vegetables and place over fish. Stir oil into broth and then pour into bowls. Sprinkle carrot over bowls and season with pepper.

Stir Fried Bok Choy

This is a great, crisp side dish that can be paired with just about anything. I bet it can even get cabbage by your kids 🙂 Add a teaspoon of chili sauce with garlic (found in the Asian section of your market) to make this a super spicy dish.

Stir Fried Bok Choy
Stir Fried Bok Choy

4 servings
87 calories per serving

2 t peanut or olive oil
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 T chopped fresh ginger
¼ c chicken broth
¼ c water
1 red bell pepper in small ¼ inch squares
2 carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
4 c 1 inch strips of bok choy or Napa cabbage
1 t sugar
½ t salt
2 t sesame oil

Heat oil in a skillet on medium low heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for one minute then add the broth and ¼ c water and cover and cook for 7 minutes. Add the bell pepper and carrots and cook 1 minute then add the cabbage and mix well. Sprinkle with sugar and salt and cook 5 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Drizzle with the sesame oil (and optional chili and garlic sauce) and serve immediately.

Crispy Wontons

These are the perfect little appetizers. You don’t really taste the cream cheese, but it’s there for the onion flavor and to keep the pork moist. These would also be great dropped in hot chicken broth and boiled for 5 minutes or so. Serve a few next to a big green salad with ginger dressing for a nice light dinner.

Crispy Wontons
Crispy Wontons

16 servings (1 serving = 2 wontons)
120 calories per serving

8 oz. Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 lb. ground pork, cooked, well drained
1 t minced ginger
1 t sesame oil
32 wonton wrappers
2 t sesame seeds
2 T soy sauce
1 T rice wine or water
1 T water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix pork, cream cheese, ginger and oil and place 1 T of mix onto each wonton wrapper. Fold into wonton shape (see the video below for easy to follow instructions). Spray a baking sheet with Pam and place wontons on sheet. Brush wontons with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown Then lower oven to 350 and bake another 5 minutes. Mix soy, rice wine and 1 T water and serve with wontons as a dipping sauce. Alternately you can serve with prepared ginger soy sauce.

Asian Soup with Shrimp

Such a great Asian inspired soup ! This makes a great lite lunch and all the veggies and shrimp really fill you up – it’s amazing, but you CAN feel full after just 125 calories !!

Asian Soup with Shrimp
Asian Soup with Shrimp

6 servings
125 calories per serving

6 c fat free chicken broth
1 c water
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
16 oz. package frozen Japanese style vegetable blend
3/4 lb. peeled and cleaned shrimp
1/4 c sweet rice wine or water
Salt and pepper to taste
½ t garlic powder
½ t sesame oil
3 T soy sauce
2 T lemon juice

Bring broth, water and ginger to a boil. Remove ginger and discard. Add veggies, shrimp, rice wine, soy sauce, spices and lemon juice. Cook 6-7 minutes and then add the sesame oil and serve immediately.

Fried Tofu Salad

I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but this is a really good salad. You feel so full, but there is no bloated feeling at all after you eat. This is a good skinny day lunch 🙂 Make sure you use sesame oil – it really gives the tofu a nice flavor.

Fried Tofu Salad
Fried Tofu Salad

4 servings
312 calories per serving

14 oz. package water packed firm tofu, drained between paper towels
2 T sesame oil
½ c low fat sesame ginger dressing
16 oz. package frozen petite peas, thawed
1 c matchstick carrots
8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained
¼ t pepper
1 medium head Bibb lettuce, torn (or other greens)
4 t roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
4 t chopped lemon basil (or regular basil)

Press moisture out of tofu and cut into 1 inch cubes. Heat oil and add tofu and cook 5-6 minutes each side or until golden. Season with salt and pepper. Combine with dressing, peas, carrots, chestnuts and pepper and then place on top of lettuce. Garnish with sunflower seeds and basil.

Ginger Beef

Ginger and garlic just go together so well. And making a paste of them along with cilantro and sesame oil just adds so much flavor to the already flavorful beef. This is a great quick dish that you will make again and again.

Ginger Beef
Ginger Beef

4 servings
298 calories per serving

1/4 c cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
4 quarter size slices peeled fresh ginger
2 T water
2 T dark sesame oil
1 lb. boneless sirloin cut into long slices
16 cherry tomatoes
2 small zucchini each in 8 pieces
2 c cooked brown rice

Preheat broiler. Spray baking sheet with Pam. Mix cilantro, garlic, ginger, water and oil in a food processor until a paste forms. Place the steak in a bowl and add cilantro paste and mix well. Turn out the meat mix onto the baking sheet and add the tomatoes and zucchini. Broil 3 minutes. Stir well. Broil another 3-4 minutes. Serve with warm brown rice.

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