Tuesday, 3 June 2014

'Egg Roll' Style Pork and Cabbage

Here in little old NZ we don't really use the term egg roll, but it's basically what we call a chinese spring roll. Spring rolls are so delicious, but really not ideal as a food what with all that deep frying, and if you are gluten-free the wrappers pose a problem. As well as that, they are really more of an entree or snack food rather than a meal in themselves. Not for long though! That yummy filling has been deconstructed and adapted to become something lean, mean, and clean!

I read a recipe for this a while back and I have to admit to not taking note of the name of the website and now I can't find it again, so if anyone is reading this and thinks it sounds familiar, I apologise for not giving credit for the recipe idea. I have made a number of adaptations to make it family friendly and to suit our dietary needs - and it went down a treat! Hubby raved about it, and even the kids ate it up which is a miracle in itself (I just left the mushroom and chilli out for them as if they see even a hint of a mushroom they will write off the whole meal!).

This is a great weeknight meal as it is really easy to put together and takes just a few minutes of chopping veges and then a couple of minutes of cooking and it's all done. Easy!

The meal is free of gluten, grains, nuts, soy, dairy, and sugar, and you can have a play around with different meat or vegetables to suit your families tastes. We used pork mince, but any variety of mince would work. The cabbage and carrot are kind of the cornerstones of the recipe, but I also added capsicum and mushroom for a little variety and some more colour. Some other options that would be yummy would be some little broccoli florets, or maybe some bok choy or other asian greens. Even eggplant would work really well. Get in there and make it your way - have fun and experiment! The best thing about easy weeknight dinners I always think is that they should be flexible enough to be able to use what's in the fridge so that you don't have to put a lot of planning into it or make another trip to the supermarket.

A delicious simple meal - topped with my all-time favourite herb Coriander...

...served on rice for hubby and the kids - minus the coriander!

'Egg roll' Style Pork and Cabbage

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free

500g Pork Mince (or mince of your choice)
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, grated or julienned
2 cloves garlic, grated
2cm cube fresh ginger, peeled and grated
10 mushrooms, sliced
1 red pepper (capsicum), sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage
4 tbsp coconut aminos(or gluten-free soy sauce)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional, but highly recommended!)
1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional, but highly recommended!)
3 eggs
1 tbsp coconut oil
handful of fresh coriander to garnish (optional)

1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add onions, garlic and fresh ginger. Cook until just softened and aromatic
2. Add chilli, pork, and mushrooms. Cook until pork is nearly cooked through.
3. Add carrot, cabbage, coconut aminos, salt, pepper, and ground ginger.
4. Fry until pork is cooked through and cabbage has softened. 
5. Add the egg and capsicum. Mix well to combine and cook until egg has just cooked.
Remove from heat and serve with either rice, cauliflower rice, or on its own. Garnish with fresh coriander.