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One thing that is exceedingly difficult for me on Keto, is Chinese food. Obviously the takeaways are off limits. However creating homemade Chinese food is a bit of a challenge too. Indian and Thai are much easier to fathom. The fresh ginger and garlic sauce below is an easy alternative. It goes with pretty much any meat, and you can do whatever veg you like on the side. The photo uses Pork, courgettes and cabbage. Obviously if you a bit more fastidious than me, you should use Bok Choi etc, for a little more of a rounded Chinese dish.

Ingredients – Serves 2

Cubed Pork – £2.39, 300g

1 Courgette  – 49p

6 Savoy Cabbage leaves – 20p

For the Sauce:

Fresh Ginger – 2cm cubed, 5p

3 Cloves of Garlic – 20p

Olive Oil – tablespoon, 25p

Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 tablespoons, 50p

Cherry Tomatoes – 6, 30p

Onion – 10p

Chilli Pepper – 20p

Any fresh parsley, coriander or mint you have to hand – 30p.

Butter for veg & frying meat – 50g, 30p

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Instructions – Prep Time: 5 minutes. Cooking Time: 15 minutes

There are 2 ways of cooking this. The lazy way, is where you cook the sauce ingredients in with the meat. However for the 1st time you should just stir fry the meat separately. As you need two reduce down the sauce, so you need to get an idea of the timing. So it’s best to do it in a different pan.

Cook the pork for 15 minutes on a medium heat, stirring occasionally. The sauce and veg can be prepped and cooked within this time. Put the oil and vinegar into the pan, medium heat. Dice then add to the pan in this order, onion, ginger, chilli, garlic, tomatoes, herbs. Let the sauce cook and reduce. Stir occasionally. Once ready mix in with the cooked meat and serve.

You can do any side veg you want. In the picture I chopped up a courgette into discs and cooked in butter, 5 minutes each side on a medium heat in a separate pan. They look burnt in the picture, but they just take on a caramelised looking glaze. I threw some torn cabbage into the same pan for a couple of minutes at the end.

Per serving you are looking at around 530 Calories, Carbs 10g (9%), Protein 34g (29%) and Fat 33g (62%). These figures are taken from MyFitnessPal, so you could argue the figures up and down a bit but you get my point. The meal per person is around £2.60, not bad.

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