This is a simple recipe with a lot of flavors that pair well in surprising ways to create a delicious and easy dish! Use your choice of pork or chicken (we used pork) and add on anything you like, such as steamed vegetables and sweet pineapple chunks. After finding this recipe, we made it at our house three times in quick succession because it combined so many foods and flavors we like. Double it for a larger party or leftovers – there are a lot of halves, like onions, peppers, and the can of pineapple of chunks, so it’s easy to double!
Sweet Tomato & Sesame Pork with Rice
- Total Time: 25-30 minutes
- Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
- Serves: 4
- Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 1 ½ pounds boneless pork chops, chicken thighs, or chicken breasts
- ½ cup yellow onion, diced
- ½ bell pepper (I used red, but orange and yellow are great too)
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- ½ cup coconut aminos (similar to soy sauce but has a milder and less salty flavor)
- 6 oz tomato paste (one small can)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼-½ cup water, depending on desired consistency
- ¼ tsp salt (or salt to taste)
- ½ tsp pepper
- (optional) 2 tsp sesame seeds
- (optional) 8 oz (1/2 can) pineapple chunks or 1 cup cut fresh pineapple
- Your choice of long-grain rice, cauliflower rice, or stir-fried vegetables over which to serve the meat and sauce
Start rice cooking by combining with 1 part rice, 2 parts water on stovetop or in rice cooker. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until all water has been absorbed. If using cauliflower rice, follow cooking instructions for frozen varieties or steam freshly riced cauliflower for 5-10 minutes.
Cut pork or chicken into ½ inch cubes.
In a frying pan, melt 1 Tbsp butter or use 1 Tbsp olive oil or other cooking oil, add meat and cook over medium heat until browned on all sides and cooked through.
While meat is cooking, mince garlic, dice onion, and slice bell pepper into thin strips and sauté in coconut aminos in a separate frying pan for 5 minutes.
Add tomato paste, honey, water, salt, and pepper, and allow to simmer. Add ¼ cup water at first, and then add more while simmering if a thinner sauce is preferred.
Simmer sauce until rice and meat are done. Add optional pineapple 5 minutes before finished simmering and add sesame seeds if desired.
Serve meat and sauce hot over rice, cauliflower rice, or stir-fried vegetables.
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