It’s a Good Thing Opposites Attract

Apr 05, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

My husband and I are polar opposites. Mike takes life a step at a time, and I forge full steam ahead. I pick up after myself, and he leaves trails of his stuff all over the house. Mike saves every penny, and I spend them as quickly as he saves them.

It’s a good thing opposites attract, isn’t it? We compensate for each others failings, and life is much better because of it.

The foods we prefer to eat are entirely different too. Meal times are often a compromise between his favorite dishes and mine.

Mike is happiest when breakfast is a huge plate of bacon, eggs and pancakes eaten at our local diner, or when I serve him a juicy steak smothered in mushrooms, with a big baked potato on the side for dinner.

Of course, I’m just the opposite. I’m satisfied with a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and I love a plate filled with crispy vegetables and grilled chicken breast any time of the day.

Tonight it was my turn to choose our evening meal. I chose to stir-fry tender pork, mushrooms, and zucchini with a sweet and gingery sauce. Then I served it over a nutty, wild rice.

What’s on the menu tomorrow night? I’m guessing the request will include meat and potatoes. I’ll bet on it if I have any pennies left.

Gingery Stir Fried Pork with Zucchini and Mushrooms

1 pound pork chops, cubed into bite-sized pieces
¼ cup low fat chicken broth
1 large zucchini, halved and then sliced into 1/2" pieces
2 cups mushroom, sliced
1 tablespoon canola oil
1½ cups low fat chicken broth
4 tablespoons Mirin
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 cup scallions, sliced
1 pinch red pepper
½ tsp salt

Servings: Makes 4 main dish servings.


1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat with 1/2 tablespoon oil. Sauté zucchini and mushrooms for 3 minutes. You still want them crisp, as you will cook them further in the sauce. Remove to a bowl.

2. Heat remaining oil in the same pan, and stir fry pork until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth as needed to keep pork from sticking to the pan.

3. In a small bowl combine remaining chicken broth, Mirin, cornstarch, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Add to the pan with the pork and the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.

4. Add red pepper, scallions and salt to your taste.

5. Serve over Nutty Asian Rice Medley.

Nutty Asian Rice Medley

½ cup Trader Joes Brown Rice Medley
¾ cup low fat chicken broth
½ cup water
1 cup carrot, finely shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
¼ cup scallions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
¼ cup almonds, sliced

1. Combine rice, chicken broth, water, carrots, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil in a rice cooker, or a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Pork trimmed of visible fat can be considered lean meat. Specifically boneless pork chops, or tenderloin. Pork is a good source of vitamin C, niacin, phosphorus and zinc. It’s also a very good source of protein, vitamin B12, iron and selenium.

Mushrooms are very high in selenium, vitamin B2, copper, Vitamin B3, tryptophan, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Mushrooms contain powerful phytonutrients that contribute to overall health, as well as protect against certain types of cancers. Selenium contributes to the proper function of our antioxidant system. Zinc promotes immune function.

Gingery Stir Fried Pork with Zucchini and Mushrooms

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256, Total Fat: 8.17g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 765mg,Total, Carbs: 14.17g, Dietary Fiber: 2.17g, Sugars: 3.79g, Protein: 28.36g, Weight Watchers Points 5

Nutty Asian Rice Medley

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142, Total Fat: 5.18g, Cholesterol: –, Sodium: 267mg, Total Carbs: 19.82g, Dietary Fiber: 2.99g, Sugars: 2.07g, Protein: 5.67g Weight Watchers Points 3

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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One Response to “It’s a Good Thing Opposites Attract”

  1. Cooking Rookie says:

    Beautiful rice! Must be delicious


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