About this recipe: Try this easy dish with Oriental flavourings as an alternative to traditional roast pork with sweetened apple sauce. The carbohydrate-rich rice includes mildly sweet Asian pears. You will find Asian pears in many supermarkets as well as in Chinese food shops. They look like large apples and have a crisp texture.
Replace the pork chops with 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, weighing about 140 g (5 oz) each. Marinate the chicken breasts as in the recipe, then grill for 6 minutes on each side or until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with the tip of a knife. Replace the spiced water for the rice with chicken stock. * For a Mediterranean flavour, make the marinade with 120 ml (4 fl oz) dry red wine, 1 large garlic clove, crushed, 4 fresh sage leaves, torn into pieces, and 2 finely pared strips of lemon zest. For the rice, omit the spices and replace the Asian pears with 2 peeled and finely chopped peaches. Stir in chopped fresh parsley rather than coriander just before serving.
Pork is a good source of protein, as well as iron and B vitamins. * Despite its rather ‘fatty’ image, these days the fat content of lean pork is around 4%, which is lower than that of beef or lamb.
B1, B6, B12, niacin * B2, E, copper, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc
It's not a good practice to use the raw meat marinade while basting! I would double the marinade recipe, use half for the marinade as is called for in the recipe, and save the other half for basting. - 21 Sep 2009