Low Carb Pork Fried Rice Meal Prep
Who loves a good Chinese buffet? We sure do! But sadly, the food at a traditional westernized Chinese buffet can wreak havoc on almost any diet plan. One heavy meal can yield 1200 calories, 70g of unhealthy fats, 2,300mg of hypertension-inducing sodium, and to put the last nail in the coffin, 300mg of cholesterol. But what if you could skip out on all the unhealthy parts, but still get all the flavor of a meal straight from an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet? Well, we’re excited to tell you that now you can, with today’s meal prep recipe--A low-carb pork fried rice!
But of course, now you may be wondering how it would be possible to to have a low-carb pork fried rice! Well, that’s actually quite simple—Cauliflower rice! Like many low-carb, paleo, Whole30 and keto-compliant recipes with a rice base, this pork fried rice meal prep recipe makes use of the flavor and texture similarities rice has to cauliflower. It may not look like much, but this vegetable actually boasts a truly impressive list of health benefits, all on its own! For example, a single cup contains almost 80% of recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20% of your RDA for vitamin K, 14% of your RDA of folate, and 3g (about 10% of your RDA) of fiber to keep you fuller for longer!
We really love this low-carb pork fried rice meal prep recipe because it gives you options if you follow the keto diet. While pork is a great high-fat meat, chicken or beef can also be used for even higher fat content! The inclusion of toasted sesame oil also adds fat, while giving this Oriental-influenced dish a nutty, rich flavor profile.We highly recommend using coconut aminos for flavor as well, for a healthier soy sauce alternative. In fact, beyond having far less sodium than regular soy sauce, coconut aminos actually have a number of impressive health benefits! Not unlike eating other coconut-based products, coconut aminos are fantastic for increasing your HDL (or, “good” cholesterol) levels!
Low Carb Pork Fried Rice Meal Prep Ingredients:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 lb pork, sliced thinly
2 cups snap peas, ends snapped
1 cup carrots, diced
1 medium head cauliflower, riced
⅓ cup coconut aminos (or more, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
Sriracha chili sauce, to taste
¼ cup cashews, toasted, optional
¼ cup green onions, sliced, optional
One of the healthiest ingredients in this pork fried rice meal prep recipe is the snap peas! Snap peas have half the carbs of regular peas, and are totally rich in dietary fiber, weighing in at 3g per 1 cup serving. That’s quite a lot, considering your RDA for fiber is 9-15g (depending on age and body mass)! Snap peas are also high in vitamin C, folate, iron, and potassium—All of which nutrients are vital to your body function!
This low-carb pork fried rice meal prep recipe makes 4 servings and serves up very well in a standard 1 compartment meal prep container! If you’re new to meal prep and need info about your container options, check out our Ultimate Guide to Meal Prep Containers! Not only will you find information about which types of containers will best suit your needs, but we have included real Amazon customer reviews to help you narrow down your choices. For more pork-based recipes, check out our delicious Pork Burger Meal Prep (with fried egg!) or this Thai Sweet Chili Pork Tenderloin!
- 2 tbs sesame oil
- 1 pound pork tenderloin or pork cut of choice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups snap peas
- 1 cup Carrots diced
- 1 medium head cauliflower riced
- ⅓ cup Coconut Aminos
- salt & pepper to taste
- sriracha chili sauce to taste
- ¼ cup cashews
- ¼ cup green onion sliced
- Rice cauliflower by chopping the cauliflower into small chunks, and adding to a food processor bowl. Be sure not to overfill the food processor bowl. Only fill about ½ way full in order to get evenly chopped cauliflower. Set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat. Scramble eggs, and remove from pan when still slightly undercooked.
- Add the other tablespoon of sesame oil to the pan, and add pork, snap peas, and carrots. Stir fry until pork is fully cooked, and season with sea salt and coconut aminos. Remove pork and vegetables from pan and set aside.
- Add riced cauliflower, and stir fry on high heat for 3-5 minutes, until cauliflower is heated through. Be careful not to overcook, or the rice can become watery.
- Once the cauliflower is cooked, add back in the eggs, pork, and vegetables. Stir together, and season with more sea salt, coconut aminos, and chili sauce, if desired.
- Garnish with green onions and cashews.