A Little About the Recipe Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry
Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry was one of those accidental recipes where you look in the fridge, various items give you the limp ‘use-me-soon’ wave, so you put them all together in the hope that they will taste all right in the end. Luckily for me, they did. The end result has been me making Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry on purpose many times since.
Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry is an easy recipe that just happens to be healthy too. Often with stir-fries, they need Worcestershire sauce or fish sauce or some other kind of non-paleo sauce to make them tasty. The added ingredient usually destroys the health benefits of all the other ingredients. The result? Yep, those painful and embarrassing digestive issues within the hour. Replace those sauces with just a few herbs instead.
I have primarily used pork medallions in this dish just because they are among the most common cuts in the Maltese butcher shops. However, even the best cuts of pork are relatively cheap, so go wild and use what you will. Pork lends best to flash-frying, I find, so don’t be afraid to turn the heat up and make sure you don’t overcook it.
I spiralise the carrots to make them look a bit more like noodles to give this a more authentic stir-fry appearance. The thin spirals also cook quicker, so they keep up with the other ingredients. If you do not have a spiraliser, you can either grate them or chop them. If you happen to chop them, it’s a good idea to precook them in a microwave for 1 minute. This will soften them up a little to match the other veggie ingredients.
Often, I use defrosted presliced mixed bell peppers just to make this truly lazy. Just keep in mind frozen peppers, once defrosted, end up a lot softer than their fridged self-chopped counterparts.
Shallot or onions, red or white, the difference is minimal, so use whatever you like. You could even sub the onion for fennel if onions give you tummy grumbles. Onions can be a major source of digestion discomfort btw. If you are still struggling with your health while on the paleo diet, look at onions with suspicion! I mean, they hurt your eyes just by cutting them; imagine what they are doing unseen in your digestive tract! Personally, I know I am okay with them, but I have known others who are not. Use fennel for a while, then add the onions back in later. Your tummy might be grateful!
Again I use ghee. I like the buttery flavour without the lactose. However, ghee is sourced from dairy, so for strict paleo, use olive oil; Atkins’ use butter if you wish!
Anyone who has gone through a few of my recipes will know I prefer using dried herbs. Why? Because they take a long time to go off and save me money! Fresh herbs have their place… in the fridge before they go off! But, dried just makes life easier.
One of the dominant herbs in this recipe is good old cumin. I have to say I have a love-hate relationship with cumin. I find the taste of cumin is very quickly overpowering. It goes from can’t taste it to way too much in a heartbeat, and then all you have is cumin. Be careful with the cumin! Paprika, even smoked paprika, is a lot more forgiving, and you can go way too far before way too far is too far. Having said that, everyone is different. Use the recipe herbs as stated, then taste and adjust!
I Recommend This For Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry
I’m going to leave the keto-ians out in the cold this week. I’m sorry! Please forgive me! At 18g net carbs for a portion, this is far too much for one meal, even if it is a full meal.
This stir-fry is a full meal in itself. In the photo, I added in some ‘bread’. There’s a nice choice of Keto Skillet Flatbread, Low Net Carb Chia Bread, Paleo Cloud Bread or even Paleo Banana Quiche Squares. Pick whatever you like or none at all. Also, just for paleo and paleo-ish take a look at the fruity desserts.
With the total carbohydrates at 26g, I can only recommend this for those quite far along on their Atkins plan or even possibly those on the maintenance phase. I would lower the carb count for the rest of the day, perhaps have Two Eggs, Two Bacon, Breakfast For One for breakfast and Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks with a cup of salad greens for lunch. This will keep the carbs low and keep the protein slightly higher than the fat.
And Here It Is Whole30 Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry
Pork and Bell Pepper Stir Fry
- 300 g pork medallions
- 200 g bell peppers
- 150 g carrot
- 100 g onion
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Chop the pork into bite size chunks.
- Slice the onion and bell pepper.
- Spiralise or grate the carrot.
- Melt the ghee in large frying pan over a medium high heat. (I use number 7.)
- When it is heated add the pork and fry for 3 minutes, flip the pork over and fry for another 3 minutes. The pork should be just cooked and the juices run clear. Remove the pork and cover.
- Add the bell pepper, onion and carrot to the pan.
- Stir often until the onion becomes translucent, about 7 minutes.
- Add the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and stir in for 1 minute.
- Add the pork back to the pan. Stir and remove from the heat.
A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
So, all week it’s been ‘My birthday!’ from my very soon to be 4-year-old, Taran. We have managed to narrow down the cake requests from insect, superhero, and dinosaur to just a superhero cake.
I confess I have ordered it from a local baker. Other than the world’s best banoffee pie (which really is the world’s best banoffee pie), I don’t make cakes. I wouldn’t know where to start. This particular baker did an excellent job with my daughter’s cake a couple of months ago, and so got the job of doing my son’s as well. We ordered exactly the same kind of cake, but it will be the Avengers on the front with Captain America taking pride. Superman was the best, but Taran recently met ‘Captain America’ at a party and was super impressed!
Currently, the birthday line-up is chocolate for breakfast, swimming in the sea, then doughnuts for lunch and pizza for dinner – so… looks like it’s going to be a healthy day for us then:P