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Oct 10, 2012 04:53 PM

Help! Ingredients: 1 # Pork loin, Butternut sqash, kale. What's for dinner?


I was so distracted while shopping, that this is what I ended up with, and I'm stumped on what to do. Assume that I have all reasonable other pantry items, spices, onion, garlic, lemons, etc.

My thoughts have run to the basic: Roasted squash, sauteed kale, pan seared pork.

To the more interesting: Szechuan influenced stir fry (I have Szechuan peppercorn oil, powder, etc.).

I want to keep the processed carbs out of it, so no risottos, or pastas, please.

So, what do you come up with?

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  1. Go DOTM with it. I could totally make an enchilada out of that.

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    1. re: Quintious

      oooh- I like the mexi idea a lot. I have everything I need for the fillings- even some nice melty cheese.

      Good thinking, Quintious!

    2. I was going to suggest a pan seared pork loin with a kale/apple/rice stuffed butternut squash but Iit looks like I'm too late.

      1. I would go for a Thai stew with butternut subbing for kabocha. Add the kale toward the end of cooking

        1. You know what drives me crazy- when people ask for help and advice, and then do what they were going to do in the first place.

          Well, today, I'm that person, but please know that I do appreciate the ideas- all things I would (and still might) do.

          Behold the Szechuan stir fry, that, if I do say so myself, was fantastic. I roasted the whole squash for 30 minutes, so it was still firm. Sliced the pork, and marinated in soy, sesame oil, shaoshing- cooked on high heat for about 2 minutes, and removed back to the marinade bowl. (don't fret, I'll cook it more in a bit).

          Peeled and cubed the squash, cooked until the pieces browned a bit, and were more tender. Added baby bok choy (it needed to be used more than the kale), when the bok choy wilted down a bit, added the pork, and a sauce made from Szechuan peppercorn oil, powder, soy, shaoshing, and chin kiang vinegar.

          It was pretty frickin' good, if I do say so myself. Pic attached.