Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ c chopped onion
  • 2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ c soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • 1 ½ TBSP honey
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 small can chopped water chestnuts
  • ½ c chopped green onions
  • Lettuce (1 head iceberg lettuce OR 2 heads bibb lettuce pieces washed & dried)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Crunchy rice noodles
  • Additional chopped green onions
  • Additional soy sauce

Instructions:

  • To a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and ground pork. Cook pork until browned, stirring frequently, drain and return to skillet.
  • Add onions to skillet, stir around for 2 minutes. Add rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey and garlic to skillet. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes, to cook onions throughout.
  • Add water chestnuts and green onions, stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from heat. (If mixture appears a bit dry, simply add 1 TBSP water and simmer for a few seconds to loosen sauce.)
  • Serve 1/4-1/3 cup of mixture in a lettuce leaf cup, sprinkle on sesame seeds, rice noodles and additional soy sauce if desired.

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ c cottage cheese
  • 2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 c grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 8 lasagna noodles, boiled to al dente, drained
  • 1 ½ c marinara sauce
  • 2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped

Instructions:

  • To a skillet over medium high heat, add vegetable oil and ground pork. Cook pork until browned, stirring frequently; drain.
  • In a medium bowl, add ground pork, cottage cheese, 1 c mozzarella, ¾ c grated parmesan, egg, chopped parsley, garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Stir until combined.
  • Divide the filling evenly between the 8 lasagna noodles and roll them up.
  • Place the roll-ups end-side down in a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  • Spoon the marinara sauce over the roll-ups and sprinkle remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheeses on top.
  • Bake at 375 for 25 minutes until cheese is golden brown.
  • Garnish with fresh basil.

Ground Pork Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 – 16 oz can chili beans
  • 1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 c chunky salsa
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • Optional toppings: Sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon pieces, crackers, etc.

Instructions:

  • To a skillet over medium high heat, add ground pork and vegetable oil. Cook pork until browned, stirring frequently; drain.
  • Add chili beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chunky salsa, and chili seasoning into a crockpot. Mix and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Scoop into a bowl; top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon, and crackers.