Healthy Pork Green Chile (or Chili?)
Despite my earlier posts I am eating healthier that I have ever eaten in my life. I had written all of those posts prior to changing my lifestyle and I believe everything in moderation is the key. Recently I stumbled on BEST PORK GREEN CHILE recipe posted at SparkPeople.com I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so planned it for dinner the next night. We had a snow day (where in Virginia snow is optional to cancel school) and I was a friend’s house all day. I got home and made this recipe along with my frantic searching for a new thickener in 45 minutes.
Adapted from Spark People submitted by OIL_FIELD_WIFE
- 2.5 lb pork tenderloin, cubed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1 can whole tomatoes (with juices) (I quickly cut them in the can, nothing too pretty, but who cares)
- 12 oz of mild green chili
- 4 cups water
- 1 egg yolk
Turn soup pan on and allow it to heat up. Add onions, and cubed pork. Cook till pork is browned on all edges. I did not add any oil to my pan.
Add tomatoes, and chilies. Meanwhile boil 4-6 cups of water or in microwave on another burner. Once water is boiling add 4-6 c of water soup pan. Less water, thicker chili. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer.
Take one egg yolk and beat in a bowl, remove some of the chile stock and let cool slightly, and add to egg yolk. Then add entire yolk-stew mixture to chile. This will help thicken the chile. Add tomatoes, and chilies. Meanwhile boil 4-6 cups of water on another burner. Once water is boiling add 4-6 c of water soup pan. Less water, thicker chile.
To thicken the chile, the original recipe had me brown flour in a skillet and add it. I did that, but I got lumps of flour floating in the stew! IT WAS GROSS. I know this was a user error. Thankfully, I only put in a little to see if it would clump. I spooned out the sticky lumps and quickly looked up how to thicken it with flour. I was pretty sure I need to dissolve the flour before adding it, but I found a site that listed an egg yolk as a thickener. An egg has about 70 calories. The one cup of flour has about at about 400 calories. I think this was a great trade and it worked so much better, which was really my goal! Spark People has the nutritional data listed, but I am not sure what the calorie count would be when omitting the flour. I am assuming that using an egg yolk instead of flour would also help people avoid gluten. I say I am assuming because I do not want to make any scientific claims. I also realize that there is more fat in the egg yolk, but this made several servings. Can one egg yolk be a bad trade-off? Let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you.
Also, I am really confsued to what the correct spelling of chili or chile or chiles….OY!!! I looked all over the web and found it spelled many ways. I think I might have spelled it both ways throughout this post.