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.
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
- 1/2 -1 lb pork, cut into 1 inch cubes (use whatever is cheap at the market that day)
- 1/2 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
- 1/3 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
- 1/4 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.