Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

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Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

Today, Luca is 5 months old! Every month that goes by, I say the same thing: “I can’t believe he’s already ___ months old!”

Time is truly flying by, and I’m especially savoring our moments together, because once I’m back home in NJ (I’m in Florida right now with my parents and the baby), the nanny starts and I won’t get him all day long to myself.

If you’re interested in more of my journey with the baby (and motherhood in general), you can follow along on my lifestyle page, inspiralizedali.

I’m already starting to get anxious about the nanny starting and have been texting all of my friends who have nannies asking them for their advice on a successful start. Everyone keeps saying that the nanny becomes a part of your family, so I’m looking forward to this next chapter.

Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

It’s going to let me make more recipes and content for YOU, which I’m especially excited about. I’m working already on a new series of meal plans (you guys loved them!), more recipes, more videos, and of course, some extra special content surrounding my next cookbook, Inspiralized & Beyond!!

Anyway, on to the recipe – it’s a great weeknight meal that’s super flavorful and feels like something you’d order at a restaurant. The Chinese pork sauce is addictive and well balanced, and pairs well with zucchini noodles and bok choy to give those otherwise mild veggies a delicious taste!

If you’re not sure about pork, you could substitute in tofu, salmon, or even chicken!

Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Chinese Pork and Zucchini Noodles with Bok Choy

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1-1.25 pound pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 heads baby bok choy leaves separated
  • 4 medium zucchini Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • sliced scallions for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Set a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the honey, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, and Chinese five spice powder. Cut the pork in half crosswise and and pierce all over with a fork. Rub the pork with 2 tablespoons of the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Place the pork on the wire rack and roast for 10 minutes or until the surface looks dry.
  • Brush the pork with another 3 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve the rest. Return the pork to the oven and cook for 16-18 minutes (or if using a thermometer, center registers at 145 degrees.)
  • Halfway through cooking the pork, heat half of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the bok choy and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Set the bok choy aside using tongs and immediately add the remaining oil and then the zucchini noodles into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until al dente.
  • Once pork is done cooking, slice the pork into medallions (rounds). Divide the noodles into shallow bowls and top with bok choy. Drizzle the reserved marinade on top and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

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13 comments

Carol says:
This looks really perfect, but there won't be any baby bok choy (or even any grown-up bok choy) in my store. Do you think broccoli would be as good?
Anonymous says:
Yes!
Kendall Hoxsey- Onysko says:
I made this last night with salmon and my husband loved it so much he went back for seconds. Great recipe!!
Meaghan says:
That's always a win! Thanks!
Anna says:
Made this tonight and it was really lovely! I didn't want to have to go out and buy hoisin sauce/ oyster sauce individually so I went with some organic teriyaki sauce instead. (Maybe more sugar etc. but it tasted really great.) This recipe was about 4 servings so we have enough for leftovers, and I'm very happy about that!
Meaghan says:
Excellent!! Leftovers are the best!
Michele says:
Thank you for a recipe featuring pork! We have a local source for pastured pork and I don't have a lot of experience cooking with it. Will definitely give this a try. The salmon variation sounds great, too.
Meaghan says:
Yes! That's so great! Use that pork. It'll be delicious!
Pat says:
Enough of the nanny talk, most of us are not that fortunate!
Sara says:
This is the best recipe! Will definitely be adding to our dinner rotation. It was pretty quick and easy to make too. Just delicious!
susan says:
This was fantastic. Great taste, big flavor. I increased the five spice powder to 3/4 tsp, but otherwise followed the recipe. (Did not cut the tenderloin before roasting it.)
Meaghan says:
We love to hear this! Thank you for sharing!

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