Who is Harumi Kurihara? A celebrity homemaker and television personality in Japan for more than 20 years. Think “Japan’s Martha Stewart” and you get the idea. She is a successful cookbook author with over 20 bestselling books and magazines, and a television host with a line of cookware and her own chain of stores.
Having never had any professional culinary training, Kurihara specializes in realistic home cooking that combines the traditional and modern.
Truth be known, I had never heard of Harumi Kurihara before this assignment, so the first chance I got, I spent some time checking out her books. Looking through Everyday Harumi , the first recipe to catch my eye was this green beans with ground pork. It looked simple, without any unusual ingredients, Weight Watchers friendly, and something the family would enjoy.
I jotted down the recipe in my terrible chicken scratch, gathered what I thought were all the necessary ingredients and set out to make it for dinner last night with Rod and Mac’s help. It was quick, easy and tasty. Perfect for a weeknight supper.
I learned after dinner as I was doing some research on line, that we didn’t have the recipe quite right, thanks mostly to my terrible handwriting. We missed the leek and failed to lightly boil the green beans before stir-frying them. Even with these oversights, this green beans and ground pork dish was still good. Next time we make it, we’ll follow the directions more precisely and I think it will be even better.
That’s one of the amazing things about cooking. It doesn’t have to be right or perfect to be good.
Green Beans with Ground Pork Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Simple stir-fry of green beans and ground pork with garlic, ginger, chili and soy
First, prepare the green beans by lightly cooking them in boiling water. Drain and rinse them under cold water and pat them dry.
Cut the green beans into bite-sized pieces.
In a large skillet heat the oil over high heat. Add the chopped leek, ginger and garlic, and cooking stirring often, for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add the ground pork and stir-fry, breaking it into small chunks, until cooked through.
Add the green beans, then add the soy sauce and red chiles to taste.
Continue to cook, stirring often, until the beans have been heated through.
Add a little sesame oil to taste.
Serve with hot white rice.
Nutrition & Cooking Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving without rice (1/4th): 157 calories, 5.5 g fat, 12.1 g carbs, 3.7 g fiber, 15.6 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value.
I love fresh ginger and like to keep a little jar of peeled pieces immersed in vodka or sake in the refrigerator so it’s ready and waiting when I want it.