Chinese 5-Spice with Pork and Vegetables

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Chinese 5 Spice Pork and Vegetables

I think the first time I ever heard of Chinese 5-spice was at Christin's site Grain-Free Granola Head.  Earlier this week when I was shopping for my employer at Sprouts I saw the Chinese 5-spice and thought I would give it a try. I weighed out two ounces in the little baggy and was on my way.

The first thing I noticed about it was the sensational smell.  Oh my goodness. I left it in my vehicle after I got to work and the smell from the small bag just radiated throughout.  It was so strong that it overpowered the smell of Burger King french fries that my son asked me to buy him on my way home.

So tonight I got to try out this spice.  One of my favorite meals is some kind of meat, fried in butter or coconut oil [affiliate link] in small cubes, vegetables, curry powder and coconut milk [affiliate link].  I figured this Chinese 5-spice could take the place of the curry.

Since I'm doing the leptin reset and attempting to stay under 25 grams carbohydrates daily my version only included cabbage and onions [affiliate link], so the image you see above is the version I made for my son.  He's a hearty eater, but this dish would probably serve two adults who eat small portions.

  • 4 pork chops cut into small pieces (you could also use chicken or beef)
  • 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves [affiliate link] garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 green onions, sliced into one inch pieces
  • 1 cup cabbage, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, broken into flowerettes
  • 2 slices of onion, left in whole rings
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chinese 5-spice

Saute meat in the two tablespoons butter until it is lightly browned and completely done.  Remove from the skillet and add in a little bit of water or broth to deglaze the pan, then add in two more tablespoons butter.  Add vegetables and saute for a minute or two, then add 1/4 cup water or broth, and place a lid on the skillet.  Allow to cook on medium-heat for fifteen minutes.  After 15 minutes, the vegetables should be firm but not soggy.  There should only be a little bit of liquid left in the skillet.  Cook without the lid on for a few minutes to allow the liquid to evaporate.  Add in the coconut milk and the Chinese 5-spice.  Bring to a boil.  Stir constantly for a minute or two while the liquid continues to evaporate.  I left the dish rather “juicy” but you could continue to let it cook down to make the broth more like gravy and more concentrated.

I tasted this version that I made for my son and it was very delicious.  I think I'm going to need to buy more Chinese 5-Spice soon!

This recipe was included at Fat Tuesday.

Recipe: Chinese 5-Spice with Pork and Vegetables
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Recipe type: Main dish
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Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops cut into small pieces (you could also use chicken or beef)
  • 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 green onions, sliced into one inch pieces
  • 1 cup cabbage, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, broken into flowerettes
  • 2 slices of onion, left in whole rings
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chinese 5-spice
Instructions
  1. Saute meat in the two tablespoons butter until it is lightly browned and completely done. Remove from the skillet and add in a little bit of water or broth to deglaze the pan, then add in two more tablespoons butter.
  2. Add vegetables and saute for a minute or two, then add ¼ cup water or broth, and place a lid on the skillet.
  3. Allow to cook on medium-heat for fifteen minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, the vegetables should be firm but not soggy.
  5. There should only be a little bit of liquid left in the skillet.
  6. Cook without the lid on for a few minutes to allow the liquid to evaporate.
  7. Add in the coconut milk and the Chinese 5-spice.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. Stir constantly for a minute or two while the liquid continues to evaporate.
  10. I left the dish rather "juicy" but you could continue to let it cook down to make the broth more like gravy and more concentrated.

 

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3 comments to Chinese 5-Spice with Pork and Vegetables

  • Hi Starlene

    I love your blog about leptine and it inspired me to give it a tray. I’ve investicated the website of Jack Kruse and I found that you have to stay under 50gr Carbs. You go under 25gr a day. Is there a misconception from my side or did you choose to go even lower.

    Astrid

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi @Astrid, yes, Dr. Kruse says if you are 30 pounds overweight that you should limit to 25 grams carbs. It’s on this page here: http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/ Apparently some that do low carb count “net carbs” where they take the amount of carbohydrates and then subtract the carbs that come from fiber, but as far as I know Dr. Kruse expects for us to stay under 25 grams total carbs not net carbs. It has really been eye opening to learn the amounts of carbohydrates in vegetables, I thought they were all really low except for the “sweet” vegetables like peas, carrots, winter squash. How long have you been doing the leptin reset, Astrid? Do you feel any different so far? The first thing I noticed was being able to go longer between meals.

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  • I was planning to start the Leptin reset 20 February 2012 because then I’m one year on GAPS. And I just want to tray it this moment for one or two days how it would feel, bud I’m on it now for 7 days because I feel great on it. I have CVS bud suddenly I have more energy, I sleep better and longer, can go to bed more early and my libido (that was totally gone for five years) seem to be coming back. I thought it was an age thing because I’m 59. I do the under the 50 grams. I didn’t loose any weight. I have to loose about twenty pound, bud I’m not in a hurry for that. Feeling better makes already a big different. I think I stick to the 50 grams carbs until 20 February and go lower then if I did not loose any weight. It is a little bit difficult. Like today I shoult finisch work at 18, so I could cook before 19. Bud something happend and I came home at 20 hours in the evening. We did eat at 20:30 hours. That not how it supposed to be. Still I feel great on it. I think lepin reset is one of the cherries on the GAPS cake for me. I have nearly no cravings.

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