While chicken, fish and beef might be more popular dinner table meat options for some of us, here are a few important reasons why we should mix up more pork dishes in our menus
Text: The Australian Women’s Weekly / Additional Reporting: Sean Tan
Pork is an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals needed for our bodies to function happily and healthily.
Iron, phosphorous, thiamin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and zinc are just some of the amazing nutrients you can expect to absorb when eating pork, responsible from brain, gut and heart health.
Hot And Salty Eggplant Pork (pictured)
Honey Mustard Pork With Apples (pictured on previous page)
Well, depending on the cut. If you’re familiar with tucking into a deliciously juicy piece of pork belly, you might not associate pork with a low-fat option.
However, if you’re going for specific cuts, it can be very lean indeed. We recommend asking your butcher for tenderloin, sirloin chops, or rib roasts.
Five Spice Sticky Ribs (pictured)
Chilli Plum Pork Ribs (pictured on previous page)
Whether you’re treating your family to a Sunday roast complete with crunchy crackling, or just tossing together a quick Asian stir-fry using pork mince, there’s not many savoury dishes this beautiful meat doesn’t compliment.
There’s a growing trend for slow-cooked, shredded meat, often served between two sweet buns on American-style pork burgers. We also love pork in curries, sausage rolls or in lean salads.
Pork Burger with Apple Slaw (pictured)
Pork Stir-fry With Water Chestnuts & Chinese Greens (pictured on previous page)
Protein is a really essential nutrient in our diet, responsible for generating new cells and repairing your muscles from over-use. But most people’s mind’s just to chicken, eggs and fish when they think about amping up their protein.
However, many of us don’t realise that lean pork meat is also a great source. In fact, 100 grams of pork loin provides a whopping 27 grams of protein, which is on par with (the much more widely acknowledged) chicken meat.
Curried Pork & Bean Burger (pictured)
Caramel Pork With Asian Greens (pictured on previous page)
Whether you’re just starting out in the kitchen or you’re just pressed for time, pork doesn’t require much preparation – a little sprinkle of seasoning should do the job.
The fattier cuts of meat are pretty hard to mess up, and even if you slightly over-do it, it should still come out lovely and juicy.