Sesame Pork with Quinoa

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Today was cold and snowy.   It was one of those days where I didn’t get out of my pajamas.  I just stayed in them and baked all day!  So when it came time for dinner I wanted something easy but filling.  I had pork defrosting to use for pork stir fry.  While that sounded good, I just wasn’t feeling rice today.  Probably because we already had rice twice this week.

Sesame Pork with QUinoa

I did have quinoa in the cupboard though and got busy making an easy sesame pork.  I love sesame pork with broccoli but since I wasn’t driving to the store I tossed in a yellow pepper I had in the refrigerator instead.  I served it over top of quinoa with eggrolls on this side.  I loved how the sweetness of the honey was tamed by the rice wine vinegar.  The quinoa was a great change from the traditional rice side dish.

Sesame Pork with Quinoa (adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

4 boneless pork chops, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 T. olive oil

1 yellow pepper, diced

1/2 sweet onion, minced

3 T. soy sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

2 T. honey

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 t. ginger, grated

2 t. cornstarch

1 t. black pepper

1/2 c. thinly sliced green onions

2 t. sesame oil

1 t. sesame seed

3 c. prepared quinoa

1.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add in the pork and stir fry for 5 minutes or until it is no longer pink.

2.  Add the onions and peppers to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch in a bowl.  Pour the sauce and all but 2 tablespoons of the green onions into the skillet and cooking, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.

4.  Stir in the sesame oil and heat for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

5.  Serve the pork over top of quinoa and sprinkle with remaining green onions.

Sesame Pork with Quinoa

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