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 in small cubes, vegetables, curry powder and coconut milk. 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, 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 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.
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