• 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 small onion, cut into strips
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice, drained and juice reserved
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice

Sweet and Sour Pork that is easy, delicious, and healthy
Tales of the Dinner Belle
By Brenda Stanley
Here is a recipe that is not only tasty and easy, but it is a much healthier version than the popular restaurant dish. My sweet and sour pork is a recipe that uses fresh vegetables and tender pork, but without all the deep fried fat and calories. That doesn’t mean it isn’t just as delicious and satisfying. I use ingredients that most of us already have around the house, and the only time consuming part of this is cutting the meat and vegetables, which is typical for a lot of Asian dishes. The sauce is a combination of flavors that simmers into all the ingredients and is spooned over the hot rice. It is hearty, healthy, and so delicious.
Belle’s Sweet and Sour Pork
1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 large carrots, sliced
3 cups broccoli florets
1 small onion, cut into strips
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice, drained and juice reserved
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
4 cups hot cooked rice
Place the cubed pork in a zip sealed plastic bag. Add two tablespoons cornstarch and shake to coat all pieces. Heat the oil in a large fry pan. Add the pork and garlic, and cook to brown the meat until no pink remains. Remove the pork to a plate and cover to keep warm. Add the carrots to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and onion and cook just until tender. In a bowl, mix together the juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and soy sauce. In a small cup, mix together the water and cornstarch until smooth. Stir this into the sauce and then add to the pan. Add the pork and pineapple chunks. Cook and stir until the sauce is thickened and everything is hot. Serve over the rice.