Whole30 Bang Bang Pork Stir Fry

Posted by Kylie Hodges on

ALL RECIPES ARE: WHOLE30* AND PALEO-FRIENDLY; WE USE NO GRAINS, GLUTEN, DAIRY, SOY, REFINED OR ADDED SUGAR, OR ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS IN ANY OF OUR MEALS OR RECIPES. EVER. 
It's time to reinvent the stir-fry! I get it, when you hear "stir-fry" you probably think chicken, snow peas, rice, blah blah blah. For me, it always brings back memories of desperate college nights where I was eating it straight out of the carton while in sweatpants, desperately trying to memorize a textbook before a final exam.
Well, my friend, the days of bland, soy sauce-drenched chicken and veggies are behind us. We're adults now, which means we talk to the butcher at the meat counter of the market to pick a responsibly sourced ground pork.
Maybe you write in your gratitude journal that your cast iron skillet brings you joy every time you get a perfectly fried egg. And you certainly, I hope, no longer wear sweatpants in public.
It's yoga pants now. Duh. 
Serves 3
*use organic ingredients whenever possible*
1 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1.5 tablespoons white onion, diced
1.5 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1.5 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced
2.5 cups sweet potato, riced (approx 1 large sweet potato)
2 teaspoons cilantro, chopped
3/4 cup white onion, diced
1/2 cup water chestnuts, sliced
3/4 cup bell peppers (any color), chopped
1 tablespoon cashews
Peel, and chop your sweet potato into cubes. Place your cubes in your food processor, amd pulse until you have sweet potato "rice". Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the sesame oil, then 1.5 tablespoons of onion and stir for about 2 minutes - until translucent. Add the garlic and stir - once it becomes aromatic, after 30 seconds, add the ground pork, paprika, cayenne pepper, lime juice, coconut aminos, and fish sauce. Use a wooden spoon to break up the pork and stir everything together, then cover. Occasionally stir to prevent burning. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until pork is cooked through and browned on the outside. Use a slotted spoon to remove mixture from pan to a bowl, and set aside. Make sure the juices stay in the skillet.
Add a drizzle of olive oil to a separate pan over medium heat, and add your riced sweet potato. Stir, occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until "rice" is cooked through. Once it's done cooking, add the cilantro and stir to incorporate.
Meanwhile, keeping your skillet warm with the cooking juices still in it, add the mushrooms, 3/4 cup white onion, and bell peppers to the skillet. Stir occasionally, for about 3 minutes. Add your water chestnuts, and stir for another 2 minutes. Add the meat mixture back into the pan and incorporate until everything is heated through.
Add a hearty spoonful of sweet potato to your bowl, and top with a scoop of the meat and veggie mixture. Top with cashews. Enjoy!

 

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