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Smithfield Garlic & Herb Loin Filet is the star in this Pork Piccata Stir-Fry. It’s packed with flavor and on the table in under 30 minutes!
School starts any day now. Sorry to break the news to you, but it does. In fact, some might have already gone back to school. Crazy right? Where did the summer go? It melted like my ice cream the other day.
Next thing you know, it’s going to be all Mom taxis to and from school, practice, rehearsals; you name it. Busy busy busy. Which makes meal time not your favorite time of day. But it should be and it CAN be. You know why?
Smithfield Garlic & Herb Loin Filet is why!
I’ve sang the praises of Smithfield® in the past. I have some delicious Applewood bacon al pastor tacos and then there’s the garlic & herb rotisserie pork dinner. Both of which are quick, easy, and oh so delicious meals for your family. I will continue to sing the praises of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork because it’s a staple in my meat drawer.
Have you tried the Walmart Online Grocery?
We finally got this in my Walmart recently. Of course, I have an insider who’s giving me tips and tricks. Yes. The hubs works there. He told me I had to try it out. So, I had to listen to him. He knows best where Walmart is concerned.
It is such a time saver! There’s an app for your phone. This is how they know where you are and when you’re arriving. However, I did the shopping part for my Smithfield Garlic & Herb Loin Filet at home, in my comfies, on the couch. You can place your order on the computer.
Once you get your email that your order is ready you head to the store. Their GPS locater tells them an approximate time you will arrive. Once you pull up and park you tell them what parking space you’re in. They bring out your groceries, put them in the car, and you are on your way!
We used to something similar with another grocery store, but nothing like this. I had pull up to a call box. Someone may or may not answer. Their handheld device to take my payment usually didn’t work. It was convenient, but a nightmare sometimes. Once, they took my card inside the store and I didn’t see them for over 10 minutes!!
Anyway, the Walmart Online Grocery service is NOTHING like that. Not only can you purchase plenty of Smithfield® marinated pork, but you can get all your groceries and more from their app. You can search for more than just grocery items, but I haven’t tried ordering like a shirt or something through the app. I might check with the hubs to see if that’s feasible
What is a stir-fry?
A stir-fry is more of a technique than a dish. The ingredients are fried in a hot wok coated with a small amount of oil. The oil is added just before the cooking so it doesn’t smoke. First the aromatics go into the wok. Then you add the ingredients in order of cooking starting with the longest first. Then you add some sauces, broth, and other flavors at the end to heat through before serving over rice or sometimes with noodles.
I have many stir-fry recipes on my blog because they are super quick to make. Once the ingredients are prepped, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 or 15 minutes to cook. And prep work can be super easy if you peruse the salad bar for pre-chopped veggies.
Now, a trick I use to thinly slice the meat is to put it in the freezer for 20 minutes or so. It won’t completely freeze. But it will get hard enough to make it easy to slice the pork. It can make or break prep work for a stir-fry.
The best thing about using Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork, is you don’t have to marinate it. There’s no time spent doing that. And, you don’t have to add any additional seasonings to your stir-fry. I kid you not! I didn’t add one herb, garlic clove, onion; nothing. Outside of the pork, spinach, and rice I simply added some lemon juice, broth, and capers. That’s it!!
And, as you can see, you don’t have to make an Asian flavored stir-fry. I’ve been playing with this idea for a little while now. But you can see I have a range of stir-fry recipes on my blog. They’re so easy and delicious to make for the busiest of weeknight dinners.
Stir-fry really does fit in with the Smithfield® real fresh, real flavor, real fast recipes. Smithfield® is real fresh. They use only natural ingredients in their pork products. This leads me to the real flavor! No artificial colors or flavors go into any of their pork products. And since Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork is, well, already marinated, you can cook their pork up real fast. Just like I did in this pork piccata stir-fry. Even if you roast it whole, it is still on the table quick enough to feed your hungry family after a hard day at work or play.
And, if you need a little extra help, try slicing it thin to make this stir-fry or some pork gyros! Cube it up and make some delicious skillet pork with vegetables. You can easily slice it into chops and make some filet mignon pork with mushrooms. Not only are these idea time savers, but turns one Smithfield Garlic & Herb Loin Filet into multiple quick meal options.
And for some families it could be multiple meals! For us, this stir-fry turned into dinner and a few lunches for me at work. Which I LOVE! People ask why I don’t eat out at work and I tell them, “Because my leftovers are better!” My co-workers have been known to follow their noses to my office. “What’s for lunch today? It smells amazing!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that.
Oh, by the way, all those menu ideas I just mentioned are on their Real Flavor Real Fast website. You should check it out! There are some seriously drool worthy recipes on there. From slow cooked to grilled or sautéed, there’s a recipe to feed all your picky kids. Both big and little!
Speaking of which, if you’re kids are picky about spinach, then by all means try some broccoli in this recipe. If you get some of those frozen steamer bags you heat them per the instructions and just toss it in at the end. I remember sitting all night at the dinner table because of some canned spinach once. So, trust me, I know how picky eaters can be when it comes to spinach.
I can’t wait for lunch! Just look at how delicious that bowl is! And not to worry. There’s not a HUGE lemon flavor in there. It’s very mellow from all the simmering. I remember a saying from Jaques Pepin. “A recipe is just an idea.”
So, take this idea and run with it. After you run to the store and pick up some Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. Or, sit in your comfies and order it from the Walmart Online Grocery app. Either way, just get some Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork!
- 1 1/2 pound Smithfield® Garlic & Herb marinated pork loin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted (or low sodium) chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons capers, drained
- 8 ounces baby spinach
- 4 cups cooked rice (I used brown basmati rice)
- Thinly slice the pork loin into bite-sized strips.
- Heat a large skillet on high heat. As soon as the pan is very hot, swirl the oil into the pan and then add the pork strips. Allow them the brown slightly before you begin to stir. You want the pork strips to get good a brown all over.
- When the pork is good and brown, stir in the chicken stock, lemon juice, and capers. Simmer until the chicken stock is reduced by half.
- Add the spinach to the pan and simmer until wilted.
- Stir in the cooked rice and remove from heat. Stir the rice into the pan and let the pan sit for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the broth to soak into the rice making it rich and delicious.