A Simple Spicy Pork Stir-Fry for the 5:2 diet and Countdown to Bootcamp:
While I may sometimes lose focus on the 5:2 diet, it has, for me been one of the most successful ways of eating. I’m very slowly losing weight. I’ll admit it’s sometimes two steps forward and one step back, but a condition called hypothyroidism doesn’t help and nor does my lifestyle which involves a LOT of eating out. Today’s 5:2 diet recipe is for a very simple pork stir-fry which makes use of some of the techniques I learnt at the School of Wok, but is modified to reduce the salt and oil that traditional Chinese wok cookery would use.
Pork fillet is, in my view, a much underrated cut of meat. Anatomically, it is from the same part of a pig that fillet of beef is from a cow. And yet, a good sized fillet that will feed 3 or 4 people is only £5-£8. There’s virtually no fat and no bone, so there’s no waste at all. The meat is very lean and low in calorie (depending on the origin, from 120 to 150 calories per 100g- much the same as chicken breast). It is so low in fat, you do need to be careful how you cook it to avoid a dry chewy result. But, just like chicken it works very well in a stir-fry! This spicy pork stir-fry was delicious. I added a few egg noodles, but if you wanted a more substantial meal without more calories, you could easily use shirataki noodles in this dish. A word of warning though, be very careful about the quantity of hoisin sauce you use. It’s a delicious, sweet Asian barbeque sauce and it’s very easy to add more than just a teaspoon.
Now, over the next few weeks you can expect a renewed enthusiasm from me about the 5:2 diet. I’m off on a BootCamp in Spain. I’ve been asked to review the experience and I felt it would be both churlish and bad karma to refuse, especially since I do still want to lose weight and I definitely need to get a little fitter. Rather than embarrass myself totally I’m planning three weeks of training to get me prepared…and I’m treating myself to some new trainers and fitness clothes. I’m also *praying* for a few more votes in the Avis Travel Blogger of the Year competition. That way I’ll be able to treat myself to a Spa Trip to recover from Boot Camp… (the winner gets BA Holiday Vouchers). So this is an unashamed plea for a vote from all of you who like my 5:2 diet recipes - you could even win £200 of Avis Car Hire Vouchers just for voting!
Oh and this recipe for Spicy 5:2 Diet Pork Stir-Fry is around 250 calories for a portion. I’ve written the recipe out for one person, but you could easily double the quantities and make enough for two.