Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Garlic Pork with Sugar Snap Peas Over Kale Ginger Rice

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Yesterday was frantic farm day. Ryan gets off the bus at 3:40. Swim class is 4:30 then straight to the farm to pick up our share. As if that was hectic enough, we had storms rolling in and tornado warnings. Thankfully we just beat the monsoon and got our share without getting soaked.

I had defrosted pork chops so I decided to whip something up. It was late. The baby was grumpy. Kitchen was a mess. By far not an ideal cooking situation, but I forged on with a simple idea to make a stir fry-like type of dish with the fresh ingredients we just picked up and some of my pantry items.

I was a little worried what The Boys would think until Ryan came over while I was photographing this…

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and said,

“Oh My! That’s looks GOOD! Can we eat now?”

That made my decision to forge ahead with dinner and not just order a pizza all worth it!

They had nothing but good things to say about the meal. The Husband said the pork could have possible used a bit more soy sauce but that was it. They both ate without complaint and so did the baby! It was nice. :)

I loved it, but I’m biased. I like almost everything cook. I don’t think the rice would have stood on it’s own but served with the pork and sugar snap peas? Perfect!

Here’s what I did… Garlic Pork with Sugar Snap Peas Over Kale Ginger Rice

Garlic Pork with Sugar Snap Peas

  • 1 lbs boneless pork chops trimmed and cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 cups Sugar Snap Peas
  • Kale Ginger Rice (recipe below)

Cut the pork chops in small strips and toss with the garlic powder and salt to coat. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the garlic coated pork and brown. Some of the garlic will stick to the bottom of the pan, that’s ok. We will be deglazing to get all that flavor up.

While the pork is browning whisk the corn starch, water and soy sauce together.

Once the there is no more pink visible on the pork add the sugar snap peas and cook for a 1-2 minutes.

Add the corn starch/soy sauce mixture and toss everything scraping the bottom to get all the brown bits. It should immediately start to thicken. If it gets too thick add a splash of water.

Lower everything to a simmer and prepare the Kale ginger rice.

Kale Ginger Rice

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  • 1/2 lb Kale Leaves with stems removed and chopped small
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice (I used the 90 second microwave kind)
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger root frozen
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Spray a non-stick skillet with non-sticking cooking spray and pre-heat over medium-high heat. Add the kale and water. This will help it wilt a bit.

Once the kale deepens in color and the water evaporates (1-2 minutes) add the rice and mix everything together.

Grate the frozen ginger root into the skillet and mix in the soy sauce.

I served a scoop of the rice with a scoop of the Garlic Pork with Sugar Snap Peas on top.

There are no leftovers. The husband went nuts for the pork but I was planning on this being 4 servings so that’s how I’m going to calculate it.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1/4 of the rice and 1/4 of the pork
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
300 4g 4g old: 6 (5.5) new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
3g 1g 37g 31g

See other recipes using: brown rice, ginger, kale, pork, pork chops, soy sauce, sugar snap peas

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    June 2, 2012

    We got kale, sugar snap peas and garlic snape in our CSA box today. I'm going to make this recipe tomorrow for dinner!

    Krista S.

    June 2, 2012

    This looks so delicious, Roni!


    June 3, 2012

    I agree with Ryan!!! This looks so tempting!!! I'm only just out of hospital but as soon as I can, I'm going to get the hubby to make this for us!!!

    jo B

    June 4, 2012

    Hi Roni! This sounds fabulous :-) can't wait to try it. We have recently tried peppered pork with peppers and really enjoyed that recipe so I'll bet this one will be a hit too.


    June 6, 2012

    I made this tonight. It's super delish, but I might recommend using something a little more tender than pork chops. They were a little tough...but super tasty.


    June 6, 2012

    Glad you brought that up! This would be great with chicken too but to prevent the tough pork make sure not to over cook it. That's the culprit. Hope that helps!


    June 7, 2012

    My husband made this last night and said "go get other recipes from that site. This is one of the best recipes we've tried in a while." Even my 3 year old ate some. We ended up using wild rice because I couldn't find the instant brown rice.


    June 8, 2012

    I made this for dinner last night and it was a huge success!! I can't believe I was able to make something so fancy looking!! My daughter thought we had ordered in!! Thanks Roni!


    June 3, 2013

    YEAH! used this sauce on a pork leftover dish and it worked great. I'm not buying any stir fry sauces any more!