Sesame Pork with Broccoli

Did you know that broccoli is considered a super food? Oxford dictionary defines "super food" as "a natural food regarded as especially beneficial because of its nutrient profile or its health-protecting qualities." It's no surprise that broccoli made it to the list, as it is chock-full of cancer-fighting nutrients such as Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, nitrogen compounds and sulforaphane.

This recipe is delicious, easy to make and very good for you.

What you need:

1 whole head of medium-sized broccoli, cut into florets
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 stalks green onions, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
2 tablespoons sesame seed, lightly toasted

What to do:

Combine chicken broth, cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl and mix well. Stir in the green onions; set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, then toss in the pork. Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the meat is tender. Remove pork from the wok and keep warm. Stir the broth mixture and add to the wok along with the broccoli and red bell peppers. Cover and simmer over low heat for around 8 to 10 minutes. Add cooked pork to the wok and just until mixture is hot, stirring frequently. Serve on a dish (or over rice) and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks:

1. Substitute red bell pepper with sliced and drained pimiento.
2. Try beef instead of pork!
3. Instead of toasting the sesame seeds in the oven, I just put it in a non-stick egg pan (no oil!) and cook over low heat for about 2 - 3 minutes.
4. Sesame seeds have high oil content so they easily turn rancid. Take them out of your pantry and store them in your fridge where they will keep up to 6 months.


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