Frugal Meals: One Pork Pack 2 Family Meals – Sweet & Sour Pork

"sweet and sour pork"

Welcome to my frugal meals: one pork pack in 2 family meals – sweet and sour pork.

I love sweet and sour Chinese food and it reminds me of trips to Chinese restaurants and Chinese buffets.

However the biggest problem is how healthy it is. You often look at the sauce that is served up and it always looks processed. Or sometimes we will go and they will have the sweet and sour option via battered pork, chicken or prawns and it will be the unhealthiest item in the whole place.

And then there is the cost of eating out. Many of us can’t afford it. Those that do will wonder how much cheaper and easier it would be to make at home.

I must confess that until my Dad’s birthday meal at a Chinese restaurant a fortnight ago, I had not stepped into a Chinese restaurant for five years. Not that I don’t like it as I absolutely love Chinese food. But the frugal part of me always knows that I get a much better deal in the Chinese Buffet. You pay a very small price for variety and then you can eat what you like, the only problem there is that I will often end up over eating!

Also when I think about making sweet and sour pork, it would always involve a jar of cheap cooking sauce, when it is so simple and quick to make it yourself from scratch.

So this is us using up the rest of our pork steaks and also saving calories at the same time. Here is to healthy sweet and sour pork!

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How Frugal Is Sweet And Sour Pork?

Our sweet and sour pork recipe works out at 1,99€ for a family of four or 0,48€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.55 per mouth that you have to feed!

"s & s pork"

Frugal Meals: One Pork Pack 2 Family Meals – Sweet & Sour Pork
Serves: 2
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  • ½ Red Pepper (cut into chunks)
  • ½ Green Pepper (cut into chunks)
  • 1 Large Onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Medium Carrots (peeled and thinly diced)
  • ½ Small Courgette (cut into small chunks)
  • 100g Pork (cut into cubes)
  • 100g Pineapple (chopped into chunks)
  • 1Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1Tsp Garlic Puree
  • 15ml Worcester Sauce
  • 60ml Soy Sauce
  • 15ml Tomato Ketchup
  • 1Tbsp Chinese Five Spice
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 100g Noodles (optional)
  1. In a large pan or wok add your garlic puree and onion and sauté on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add your carrot and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  2. Add your vegetables and pork and cook for a further 5 minutes stirring regularly.
  3. Add all your seasoning and mix well until you have a delicious sauce to go with your stir fry ingredients.
  4. Add the pineapple, brown sugar and tomato ketchup and cook for a further 5 minutes. Toss regularly so that everything is coated in the sauce and juices.
  5. Serve with Chinese egg noodles.
I will often use whatever vegetables I have in. But to get the sweet and sour balance right make sure you have pineapple and peppers among your mix.


"pork sweet and sour"

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