Recipe: Chinese 5-Spice with Pork and Vegetables
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Recipe type: Main dish
  • 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
  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.
Recipe by GAPS Diet Journey at