Spicy Pork and Rice

Do you all have as midweek meal that you make pretty much every week? A meal that is quick and easy to throw together after work but it’s also healthy at the same time?

Any of you who read my Meal Planning Monday posts may have noticed that a midweek favourite of ours is Spicy Pork and Rice. I can get it on the table in less than 30mins, sometimes even 20mins if I want the veg a little more al-dente (or I’m just starving haha!)

The initial idea for the recipe came from Nigella’s Kitchen book where she had a recipe for Indian Rubbed Lamb Chops. Now I love lamb but it’s expensive and I couldn’t go out buying it every week. I also decided to bulk out the meal with veg and rice using my favourites. You could use whatever is lurking in the fridge; it’s a very flexible recipe. I always use peppers, onions, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in mine but often I’ve chucked in a carrot, courgette or peas if I’ve had veg that needed using up. You could also substitute the pork for chicken, it really is that easy and flexible a meal.

Spicy Pork and Rice (serves 2-3)
250g diced pork
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
1 onion
2 bell peppers
Handful of mushrooms
5 sundried tomatoes
1 cup of rice (any cup will do)
  • Boil the kettle
  • Pop the pork and spices into a food bag and give a good shake
  • Heat some olive oil in a frying pan
  • Roughly chop the veg and add to the pan
  • Fry over a medium-high heat for five mins, add the pork, turn the heat down a bit, give a good stir and leave to cook giving the pan a stir every few mins.
  • Put the rice in a sieve and run under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Put the rice in the pan, add 2 cups of boiling water (use the same cup you used to measure the rice) and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling turn down to a simmer, cover with a lid and leave to do its thing for 10mins. Do not touch the rice during this time; it may look like the water is disappearing but its just sitting below the surface of the rice as it cooks.
  • Once the rice is cooked the pork and veg should be too.
Serve up and enjoy!



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