Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups

So technically this isn’t a one pan meal because you brown the meat and cook the veggies in two different pans, BUT it all ends up in one pan at the end and couldn’t be easier to throw together. In about 30 minutes these Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups come together for a satisfying whole30 or paleo one pan meal that is perfect for meal a meal prep session or a quick weeknight dinner.

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In about 30 minutes these Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups come together for a satisfying whole30 or paleo one pan meal that is perfect for meal a meal prep session or a quick weeknight dinner.

Chinese 5 spice is the addition to my kitchen spice cabinet that I never knew I needed. I purchased it on a whim and then worked backwards to find a recipe that I could use to highlight this incredible spice. I had some ground pork in my fridge (that I have been buying in bulk during Whole30!) and figured I could easily whip up a little lettuce wrap and use the spice for seasoning. It is potent so a little goes a long way. This dish is also season with coconut aminos which I have been using to flavor so many things while I am avoiding soy on whole30 and honestly, I don’t know that I will even need to go back to using soy again. This dish is lightly sweetened with pineapple juice. When purchasing pineapple juice during whole30 be sure to check that it is 100% juice and there aren’t any weird sugars or fillers added.

In about 30 minutes these Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups come together for a satisfying whole30 or paleo one pan meal that is perfect for meal a meal prep session or a quick weeknight dinner.

A few weeks before Christmas 2018 I mentioned to my girlfriend that a wok would be a great addition to our collection of kitchen tools (we do most the cooking at her place since I live in a small studio apartment) and somehow after Christmas we wound up with 2 woks! I am putting at least one of them to good use with this recipe for Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups. I am a MESSY and fairly clumsy person sooooo the wok is very forgiving when you are tossing and combining ingredients. The simple Whole30 recipe is listed below. As always, if you make this please tag me in your post on Instagram so I can see and re-share it!

In about 30 minutes these Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups come together for a satisfying whole30 or paleo one pan meal that is perfect for meal a meal prep session or a quick weeknight dinner.
Yield: 4 servings

Chinese Pork Lettuce Cups

prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp crushed chile pepper
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 8oz can water chestnuts
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper

instructions:

  1. Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil to a large frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add pork to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5-7 minutes until browned.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil to a large wok and saute chopped bell peppers, sliced mushrooms and drained water chestnuts over medium heat for 7 minutes, tossing frequently.
  3. Add browned pork to the wok. 
  4. Combine pineapple juice, coconut aminos, sesame oil, and minced garlic to make a sauce.
  5. Add sauce to the wok, mix and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and serve over butter lettuce or cauliflower rice
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