500 Calories Recipe Healthy Sweet and Sour Pork

Japanese like to eat homemade Chinese food. Chinese cooking technique is a bit different from Japanese cooking.  Chinese cooking tends to deep fry meats and vegetables and coat with heavy sauce. Japanese way of Chinese cooking is much healthier. Let’s avoid deep frying food! When you deep fry meats and vegetables, they will absorb oil. One teaspoon of oil has 38 calories! I will show you a Chinese food which is not greasy but is delicious!

Sweet and Sour Pork Set Meal  488 calories

Main – Sweet and Sour Pork
Side 1 – Celery Salad
Side 2 – Asparagus with Miso Dressing
Soup – Clear Broth Soup
Steamed White Rice

All recipes are made for 2 servings. This printable recipe box will allow you to change the serving size to adjust the recipe.

sweet n sour pork
Main: Sweet and Sour Pork  243 calories

The key to make pork tender and savory is to use potato starch. Potato starch becomes cushion so that meat can avoid direct heat. As a result the meat doesn’t shrink and does get juicy. It also holds flavor and seasoning of meat when cooked. In America, cornstarch is more popular to use but I highly recommend to use potato starch. The most common usage is to thicken sauce. Use small amount of potato starch and dilute with two to three times water depending on how much liquid left in pan. For example, for 1 teaspoon of potato starch add 2 to 3 teaspoon of water. It dissolves well in water and tolerates heat. It does not clump up. Remember to turn off heat when you stir in the dissolved potato starch. It creates jello like texture if liquid in pan is too hot or there is not much liquid left in pan. Try it when you make gravy. When used as coating for frying, it becomes crispy. Try it when you make fried chicken. I have to note that potato starch is kosher and gluten free!

sweet n sour pork
Sweet and Sour Pork
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232 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minues
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minues
sweet n sour pork
Sweet and Sour Pork
Print Recipe
232 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minues
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minues
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice carrot, green bell pepper and onion. Cut pork into bite size. Salt and pepper meat.
    sweet and sour pork step 1
  2. Combine sugar, soy sauce, sake, vinegar, ketchup and potato starch for sauce.
    sweet and sour pork step 2
  3. Mix pork with soy sauce and oil. Then coat the meat with potato starch.
    sweet n sour pork step 3
  4. Heat 1/4 teaspoon of oil in pan and sauté onion, bell pepper and carrot until onion becomes translucent.
    sweet and sour pork step 4
  5. Take vegetable out from pan when cooked and set aside.
    sweet and sour pork step 5
  6. Add 1/4 teaspoon of oil to pan and brown meat both side.
    sweet and sour pork step 6
  7. Cover the pan and cook for a few minutes in low heat.
    sweet and sour pork step 7
  8. Remove excess oil in pan with a piece of paper towel after meat is cooked.
    sweet n sour pork step 8
  9. Add the vegetable back in the pan.
    sweet n sour pork step 9
  10. Turn off heat and stir in the sauce. Continue to cook in low heat until the sauce becomes thicken.
    sweet and sour pork step 10
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Side1: Celery Salad  38 calories

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It is okay to stuff yourself for a special occasion. The important thing is to go back to healthy diet. Leftover turkey can be used for sandwich. How about unused celery stalks purchased for making stuffing? Tired of celery sticks? Here is what you can do. Just slice them and mix with mayonnaise and soy sauce.  If you don’t care for celery, use the one inside (not the outer hard ones). They are light green and normally have leaves.  Those new growth stalks are tender and mildly sweet.  Chop the leaves and add to the dish.  This is my no wasting policy!

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Celery Salad
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38 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
celery salad image
Celery Salad
Print Recipe
38 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice celery diagonally.
    celery salad step 1
  2. Combine soy sauce and mayo in bowl.
    celery salad step 2
  3. Add celery into the bowl and mix well. It will taste better if let it sit for 30 minutes.
    celery salad step 3
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asparagus with miso dressing
Side2: Asparagus with Miso Dressing  34 calories

Other Thanksgiving leftovers can be greens such as asparagus, green beans and broccoli. I simply boil them and place over lettuce bed. Does that sound easy? But I make my own dressing in order to keep it low calories. For this recipe, I use miso. Miso is not just  for making miso soup. Miso can be used to marinate meats and vegetables. Miso is fermented soybean paste and more effective when you eat with vegetables to promote heathy digestion and clean intestine. In other words, you can expect detox power. Let’s have miso every day!

asparagus with miso dressing
Asparagus with Miso Dressing
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34 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
asparagus with miso dressing
Asparagus with Miso Dressing
Print Recipe
34 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut asparagus into 2 inch length. Hand cut lettuce.
    asparagus with miso dressing step1
  2. Mix miso, sugar and vinegar in bowl.
    asparagus with miso dressing step2
  3. Lightly boil asparagus and drain.
    asparagus with miso dressing step3
  4. Add asparagus into bowl and mix well.
    asparagus with miso dressing step4
  5. Place asparagus on lettuce bed. Sprinkle ground sesame.
    asparagus with miso dressing step5
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clear broth soup
Soup: Clear Broth Soup  13 calories

I showed you how to make miso soup on my last post. Clear broth soup is also Japanese traditional food. It has refreshing flavor and goes with rich flavored main dish. Make sure you mastered how to make Dashi before cooking. For this kind of soup, we add soy sauce and salt to Dashi instead of miso.  The calorie is very low.  It is under 15 calories, half of miso soup!

clear broth soup
Clear Broth Soup
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13 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
clear broth soup
Clear Broth Soup
Print Recipe
13 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Chop green onion. Cut spinach (or use baby spinach).
    clear broth soup step1
  2. Boil Dashi in pan.
    clear broth soup step2
  3. Add green onions and spinach.
    clear broth soup step3
  4. Add soy sauce and salt to taste. Bring to boil and turn off heat.
    clear broth soup step4
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100 g Steamed White Rice  160 calories

Each 500 calories set meal comes with 100g of steamed rice. You will need to cook rice in a rice cooker or in a heavy gage pot. And measure cooked rice for 100 grams. I will show you how to make your cooking life easier. Read more  How To Cook And Store Japanese Rice.

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