Healthy Middle Eastern Pork with Apple and Mint Quinoa

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OMG how can something so healthy be this yummy? I can honestly say when I made this dish last night I completely over ate – it was sooooooo damn delicious!

 

Ingredients ( serves 4)

1lb thinly cut organic pork steaks

2 cups organic quinoa

4 cups water

Small cinnamon stick

2 apples

Large bunch of fresh mint

2 tsp ras al hanout*

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cups chicken stock

Lge floret of broccoli

Sm organic onion chopped small

Oil, salt and pepper

Method
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1. Prepare the sauce. Heat some olive oil up in a fry pan and saute the onions for about 1 minute. Add the  ras el hanout, cinnamon and cayenne. Stir into a paste and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the chicken stock. Set to one side .

2. Prepare quinoa. Rinse the quinoa and add it to a pan with the water, a pinch of salt and the cinnamon stick. Cover and bring to boil. Once boiling set the lid to one side and simmer until the quinoa has soaked up the water and is soft. ( just like rice) . Peel and core the apples and chop into small pieces. Chop the mint into small pieces.

3. Prepare broccoli. Wash and chop into small mouth size pieces. Bring sauce up to simmer and add broccoli. Cook for 2-3 minutes until broccoli is cooked to your liking.

4. Prepare pork. Season with salt and pepper and fry in a non stick pan with a tbsp of oil for about 2 minutes each side until cooked.( the timing does depend on the thinness of your pork – cut into a piece and check it isn’t pink)

5. Stir apple and mint into your quinoa. Remove cinnamon stick

6. Slice pork into slices.

7. Assemble, devour and enjoy!! Place quinoa on a plate ( you can use a food circle like I did for the picture if you like).add the broccoli and some sauce and top off with some pieces of pork.


SO WHATS GOOD ABOUT IT?

Pork: pork is a lean source of protein and is also an excellent source of B12, B6, thiamin, niacin, selenium, zinc and phosphorous. It also has iron, magnesium and panothenate.

Quinoa: known as the world’s healthiest food quinoa is best known for being a complete protein.It is a good source of fibre and rich in minerals such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.

Broccoli: possibly one of the healthiest vegetables you can choose. It is high in fibre, high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B6 and potassium. It also is packed with photochemical and antioxidants


AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU?

Pork: exceptionally good for rebuilding muscles and tissues. It also provides the key nutrient for releasing energy into your body. It will help with normal brain development and function and can also have a positive affect on mood

Quinoa. Not only a power house in its muscle and tissue rebuilding abilities but also a great anti-inflammatory. It is believed to help reduce the risk of diabetes type 2 and also cardiovascular disease. It also can reduce the risk of cancer especially colon cancer, and also reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Broccoli: best known for its ability to help prevent cancer it is also known to aid in detoxification, can help in heart health and is also an anti inflammatory.
* ras al hanout is a middle eastern mix of spices, a bit like garam masala is in Indian cuisine. It is made of , cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, paprika, mace, nutmeg, peppercorn and turmeric.

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