This whole week is about bringing the family around the dinner table with fast delicious meals packed with flavors kids will want to try. The hook? They are all paired up with a little of that Disney magic.
One of the biggest struggles for a lot of parents is getting kids to try new foods. Putting new ingredients on the table without an eye roll or verbal protest is something I see a lot of my friends struggling with. As I went through the recipes I wanted to make or post, I couldn't help but pair a few here and there with some Disney classics and I couldn't help but think it would be a cool way to get kids to try some 'exotic' new flavors. I have been thinking about this idea for a while. The idea of pairing classic Disney movies with foods just seemed exciting to me. Maybe I'm a total fool, but this big kid would be sold on all of the meals I have planned this week with a little inspiration from their movie pairing.
I hope this week is as fun for you, and gets some new quick dinner ideas in the rotation for you!
We kick off Disney Week on Pass the Sushi with some flavors from the East. Stir fries are my go to meal when I feel we need an extra boost of veggies packed with flavor. Oh, and I promised quick didn't I? With a great pre-heated wok, and a bit of 'plan ahead' time of slicing and dicing, a great stir fry will come together in under 20 minutes.
Gather the family around the TV with big bowls of this stir fry served over rice for the heroic tale of the young girl Mulan.
Honey Pork Stir Fry
Adapted from Fake Ginger
- ½ -1 lb pork, cut into 1 inch cubes (use whatever is cheap at the market that day)
- ½ cup less sodium soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs fresh ginger, minced or grated
- 2 teas sesame oil
- 2 tbs rice wine vinegar
- 1 teas red pepper flakes, optional
- ⅓ cup honey
- 4 tbs hoisin sauce
- 2 tbs dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 head broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- Mushrooms, snap peas, cabbage, or whatever other vegetables look fresh that day
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
Combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Pour half over cubed pork in a resealable plastic bag and marinate for at least one hour and up to 24. Save remaining marinade and add honey, hoisin, dark brown sugar.
When ready to prepare, heat vegetable a large wok or skillet over medium heat until shiny. Toss in pork cook, 3 minutes per side. Using caution, place pork in a bowl, cover and let rest while preparing the vegetables.
Toss in the remaining honey mixture, garlic, broccoli, peppers, and other desired vegetables and cook to desired doneness (I only cook mine about 3 minutes because we like our vegetables crunchy). Mix in pork and any accumulated juices. Mix together and serve over rice, top with sesame seeds.
Belinda @zomppa says
How fun! I have watched pretty much all the Disney films and forced to memorize them by my little sister who would make us watch at least one a week...I STILL remember far more than I want to. Would be more than happy to watch Mulan again if I had this in front of me....
Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box says
Sounds heavenly - just the kind of meal I love. Pinned and will be serving this up this week!
Love that you are pairing dinners with Disney movies! Mulan has always been one of our family favourites. Love your stir fry too. 🙂
Taylor Thomson says
This is genius, and so adorable.
Pre-blogging, I made stir frys all the time because they were so quick and easy! And I could throw in whatever vegetables I had haha.
I read from one post in Facebook : You are a mom if you know almost everybody in all Disney's animation...Indeed!
I always refer to every character from Disney's cartoons when I want my little girl to eat her veggies. This is Mulan's favorite or this was what Belle cooked for Maurice. It works everytime. But it also helps if the dish is creatively presented and looks really delicious. This is one terrific dish. Can't wait to try.
Purabi Naha says
Kita how are you? I just saw this picture on Foodgawker and couldn’t stop appreciating the clicks!! The recipe sounds delish!!!
Heidi-Young Grasshopper says
I'm cooking this.... well a loose version of this.... RIGHT. NOW. the sauce is awesome 😉
Totally hope you enjoy it 😀
Jennie @themessybakerblog says
Kita, this pork stir fry looks amazing. I'm def. putting this on my menu soon. I love that it's a quick meal. I need that in my life right now. Happy Friday!
The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says
Funny....you said something about gathering around the tv with this amazing looking dish and it took me to my childhood immediately. We always ate around the dinner table, except on Sunday nights. Those nights we'd get to sit in the family room and have soup and sandwiches on tv trays so we could watch Wild Kingdom and the Wide World of Disney. You totally brought me back to that. And I smiled.
I might just need to do the same with my family. I like the idea of making dinner along the theme of the movie. You rock.
MUULLLAAAANNNNNNNNN!!! I love that you are doing this because I am going to Disney in like a week! SOOO excited!
This stir fry looks like a great dish to have while watching Mulan...super delicious!
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Kim Bee says
Gorgeous meal Kita. I love stir fries more than life itself. And Mulan is a personal fave. Could not have encouraged mini-me to watch it more when she was little. Girl power!