Sweet and Sour Pork

Despite all my meal planning efforts, today was one of those days where it was 5 pm and I hadn’t set foot in the kitchen to start making dinner (we usually eat at 5:30). We all have “one of those days” and today was mine! But, thankfully we didn’t resort to eating out, because I did have a plan and the ingredients I needed to make tonight’s meal.

Sweet and Sour Sauce adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook

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Sweet and Sour Pork

Adapted from: Betty Crocker Cookbook

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 1 lb pork cut into cubes ($1.99)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • 3 Tbsp honey ($.25) Recipe called for 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp worstershire sauce ($.05) I recommend 1 Tbsp soy sauce, but we can’t have soy.
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch ($.01)
  • 1 orange ($.25) Recipe called for 1 8 oz can crushed pinapple. I didn’t have any, so I finely cut and orange and used it’s “juices” as well. Worked fine!
  • 1/3 cup white viengar ($.15)
  • 1/4 green pepper ($.25) I had just enough left to use for this sauce from the Rice and Beans and the Salad
  • 1 cup rice ($.20)
  • 2 large broccoli heads ($.75)


  • In skillet, cook pork cubes in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • In saucepan, cook 1 cup rice in 2 1/4 cup water. Bring water to boil. Add rice and return to boil. Cover and reduce heat.
  • Simmer 20 minutes.
  • In smaller saucepan or skillet, prepare sweet and sour sauce. Mix honey and cornstarch in saucepan. Add juices from orange + about 1/4 cup water. Stir. Add vinegar and worcestershire (or soy) sauce. Stir in orange pieces and chopped green peppers. Add sauce to cooked pork and let simmer about 10-12 minutes for flavors to infuse into the pork. (I added the sauce when the pork was still a bit pink and let it finish cooking in the sauce.)
  • Steam broccoli in steamer or microwave.
  • Serve sweet and sour pork over rice with side of broccoli.

Cost $4.00

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  1. $5 Dinner Mom says

    I used a pork chop cubes “for chop suey”…this is what the package said. This would be a great cut for anytime that you wanted to do pork in a stir fry.

    :) Erin

  2. Sherry says

    We love sweet and sour! I haven’t tried to adapt my sweet and sour recipe to be w/healthier products yet though. THis sounds divine!

  3. Elder Family says

    I was inspired by someone’s meal plan this week (can’t remember which one) to make Sweet and Sour Pork. It was a new recipe for me and turned out great. I used Ham Steak because it is what I had in my freezer.

  4. Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says

    Just saw that you are going to Blissdom – me too, looking forward to meeting you. Just came upon your site this past month. Congrats on the walmart groceries – what a blessing. :)Hope they do it again next year since I didn’t know about it.

  5. PamperingBeki says

    This sounds so good!

    I make something similar with chicken, but I use a bag of frozen stir fry veggies instead of the fresh broccoli.

    Now I want to try it with pork!

  6. Mar says

    I have never seen pork for chop suey — did you get it at Kroger? I will have to look — you’ve inspired me to try this recipe! Was the regular price 1.99/lb or was that a sale or special?

    Also, I’d love to hear an update on your Wal-Mart winnings, and how exactly it works.


  7. Toni says

    I made this recipe using chicken. (That is what was on sale lol ) and it was AWESOME!!!!!! It was so very good. It is definitely a new addition to our menu rotation!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!


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