Pork on “Lotus Petal”

Pork on Lotus Petal

This dish came to mine when I saw the small head of cabbage sitting right by the pork in my fridge today.  I haven’t made this in over a year and it just sounds good for dinner tonight.  We both loved this dish that I have only made two times, I believe.  My husband made sure I uploaded this one to my blog, but I had decided to do that after one bite!  This dish may sound spicy upon first reading, but I assure you, it is not, as I don’t care for overly spice food.  You will never find overly spicy food on my site.  Many of you will want to increase the Sambal Oelek, or even double the jalapeno!  There was just a tingle on my tongue and that’s all I like.

Here I use mashed cauliflower in lieu of rice and season it with a little Sambal Oelek chile paste and voila!  A miracle flavor that disguised it was cauliflower and it so complemented the stir-fry!  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond as well as other ketogenic diets.  Omit the sherry and those on Atkins Induction can also enjoy this delightful concoction.


3 T. coconut oil (or your preferred oil)

9 oz. pork loin, trimmed of all fat, cut into julienned strips

3 T. total dry sherry

3 T. total low-sodium soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

2½ finely shredded green cabbage

½ c. green onions, chopped (I used the white ends only)

1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. sea salt

2¼-2½ c. leftover, butter-seasoned cauliflower mash

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chile paste (any brand is fine)

½ small carrot, peeled and shaved into long thin strips with carrot peeler

VARIATION:  Use beef instead of pork.

DIRECTIONS:  Place julienne pork strips in a bowl with 2 T. of the sherry and 1½ T. of the soy sauce.  Mix with your hands and let marinate about 10 minutes while you cut up the other ingredients.

Peel off 3 outer leaves of cabbage and dunk in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to slightly soften.  If you want to actually eat the serving leaf, cook them a bit longer.  Remove from water and set on serving platter (mine, as you can see, is shaped like a giant lotus petal, hence the recipe name).  Discard water.

In a small non-stick skillet, mix the leftover cauliflower mash with the tsp. of Sambal Oelek.  It will turn the cauli pink when uniformly stirred.  Turn heat on low and warm while you do the stir-fry.

In a heated wok, melt the coconut oil over high heat.  Add the julienned pork and stir-fry until it begins to brown.  Add cabbage, green onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic to the wok and continue to stir-fry.  Sprinkle the mixture with the sea salt, add the strips of carrot you have made with the carrot peeler and stir a couple times to let the carrot slightly cook. Add the remaining tablespoon sherry and the remaining 1½ tablespoons soy sauce.

To serve, spoon 1/3 of the cauliflower mixture onto each leaf of cabbage and spread out a bit, leaving the dark edge of the leaf exposed.  Then spoon on 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the cauliflower mixture and serve your family and guests at once.  I found one of these filled me up like a tick, as we say in the South.  My husband did eat two of them, glutton that he is.  ENJOY!  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

439 cals., 26.7g fat, 13.93g carbs, 6.0g fiber, 7.93g NET CARBS, 23.3g protein, 1178 mg sodium


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