Pork fried rice is the ultimate takeout classic. It's the comfort food of choice for many, and it can be made at home with just a few easy steps. This healthy version cuts out the excess fat and sugar while adding in a rainbow of vegetables, lean pork tenderloin, and whole grains. Plus, it's a great way to use up those past-peak veggies that are lingering in your crisper drawer.
To reduce the calories in this dish, try using a lower-calorie oil such as olive or avocado oil. You can also add in a mixture of protein sources, such as chicken, beef or tofu. Choosing brown rice can further lower the carb count and increase fiber. If you want to keep the calorie count down even more, try substituting the rice for cauliflower rice. This is a common swap in low-carb, Paleo, Whole30 and ketogenic recipes and has an impressive list of health benefits all on its own!
When it comes to meat, be sure to choose lean cuts such as sliced sirloin or loin chops. Also, be sure to thoroughly cook the pork before consuming it to avoid any food-borne illnesses. This recipe is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for the development and maintenance of collagen in skin, bones and teeth. A 1-cup serving provides about 19 to 25 percent of the Institute of Medicine's recommended daily intake. This recipe also provides a good amount of iron, with about 14 to 17 percent of the recommended daily intake in each cup.