This pork mince stir fry is the stir fry you have if you want comfort food but still want a quick and healthy mid-week meal.
This dish is not quite a stir fry and not quite a satay. Somewhere in the middle.
You could say it’s stir fry’s stodgy cousin. But in a good way.
It’s the kind of dish you reach for when you want winter comfort food but also an easy, healthy mid-week winter meal.
When I originally published this recipe, nearly 10 years ago, I used cabbage as the vegetable of choice. And cabbage goes great in this dish.
But at the time of re-shooting the photo, cabbages are over nine dollars each! And that’s not so frugal. So I’ve switched out the cabbage for frozen green beans and a zucchini that needed using up.
But that’s the beauty of a dish like stir fry. You can add whatever vegetables you have on hand. It’s a great dish for using up what you have.
And home cooking is supposed to be like that. Flexible and easy. We’re not aiming for five Michelin stars, we just want dinner on the table without fuss, expense or waste.
A squeeze of lemon juice adds a nice touch to this dish. The acid cuts through the peanut butter and saltiness of the soy and gives the stodgy yumyness a lift.
Before having kids, I would have also added chilli to this. But with young kids, chilli is off the menu at the moment. So if you like it a bit hot, add some chilli.
- 1 packet of Hokkien noodles
- 500g pork mince
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 capsicum, sliced
- 1 zucchini, cut into sticks
- 1/2 cup frozen green beans
- handful of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 Tbsp natural, crunchy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. salt-reduced soy sauce
- 2 spring onions, sliced
- lemon wedge, optional
- Prepare noodles according to directions on packet.
- Heat a frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Brown the mince, breaking lumps up with a spoon. Drain.
- Heat a little oil and add the greens, capsicum, garlic and ginger. Sauté until vegetables are just tender.
- Return mince to pan and stir through peanut butter and soy sauce (taste and add more if preferred).
- Add spring onions and cook for a further minute.
- Toss the noodles through the mince mixture, heat and serve.
You can use any vegetables you have on hand. Cabbage goes well in this stir fry.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 3843mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g
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Melissa Goodwin has been writing about frugal living for 10+ year but has been saving her pennies since she first got pocket money. Prior to writing about frugal living, Melissa worked as an accountant. As well as a diploma of accounting, Melissa has an honours degree in humanities including writing and research and she studied to be a teacher and loves sharing the things that she has learned and helping others to achieve their goals. She has been preparing all her life to write about frugal living skills.