We were headed home on Sunday night from a long day of playing with nothing planned for dinner and two very hungry kids. I knew I needed to get dinner on the table quick with whatever I had in the refrigerator. We thought of spaghetti and sauce, meatball sandwiches and cans of soup. Yes, we ALL have days like this.
Suddenly I remembered I had some broccoli and leftover pork steaks in the refrigerator. I knew we had spaghetti but was not sure if we had rice noodles. But, I thought I could make some sort of Chinese food-esque dish with what we had on hand.
I found a recipe for Quick and Easy Pork Lo Mein at Two More Minutes.com. Anything with the words quick and easy in the title are going to catch my eye. I didn’t have some of the ingredients but my motto that comes from Tim Gunn on Project Runway – “Make it work!”
It was good. Was this the best dish I ever made? No. But, it was filling, edible and kept us from ordering out. Next time I would change the noodles from the spaghetti to either rice noodles or a thin lo mein noodle. I did not have broccoli slaw on hand so I used regular broccoli and my pork was not a marinated pork loin so I just added the pork at the end with a bit of extra dark sesame oil for flavor.
- 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. of pork steaks pre-cooked and cut thin (great use for leftovers)
- 2 TBS sesame oil
- 2 TBS cornstarch
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 TBS brown sugar
- 4 TBS rice wine vinegar
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 1 lb of broccoli florets
- 16 oz of rice noodles, lo mein noodles or spaghetti
- Begin to cook the noodles according to package directions. Once it has completed cooking drain.
- While the water is boiling for the noodles in a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium high heat. Add the pork and onions and allow it to start to warm.
- While your pork is warming in the pan add your broccoli to a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Place in microwave for 1-2 minutes on high. Stir and return to microwave. Cook broccoli in 1-2 minute increments until broccoli is done to your liking.
- Sprinkle the cornstarch over the pork and onions then add the soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar and vinegar. Stir and let thicken a bit.
- Drain the water off the broccoli and add the broccoli to the skillet. Taste and adjust spices to your liking. Add the spaghetti and stir.