Sweet and Sour Pork

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 9, 2009

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

Ingredients
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)

Directions
1. In skillet, cook pork cubes in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. 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.
3. 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.)
4. Steam broccoli in steamer or microwave.
5. Serve sweet and sour pork over rice with side of broccoli.

Cost $4.00

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Precious January 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for the recipe! This looks delicious!

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Toni January 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Sounds like something we have to try! What cut of pork did you use, or does it matter?

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$5 Dinner Mom January 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

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

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Melissa January 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

This sounds good. I like to make dishes like this every once & awhile.

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Sherry January 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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!

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Elder Family January 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm

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.

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Tammy January 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

I am unable to pull up your recipe under the Google Docs. : (

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Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam January 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

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.

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PamperingBeki January 10, 2009 at 11:16 am

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!

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Mar January 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

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.

THANKS!

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Toni January 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm

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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