Love your kitchen during lockdown

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Homemade meals are now not only a possibility but in fact welcomed. So, let’s cook with joy and gratitude. Cooking for the people in your home shows love and care. When you do have to go and buy food remember that nutritious, balanced meals keep us healthy and full, preventing unnecessary or unhealthy snacking.

Protein power

Pork is safe, delicious and one of the best sources of complete protein available to mankind. Good-quality animal protein helps keep our immune systems strong. Protein repairs and replaces damaged or weak cells so we have good resistance to diseases and viruses. Nutritional experts across the world agree that 4-5 moderate portions of cooked pork a week is 100% within the worldwide “good principle” eating guidelines for healthy people. 

What’s a moderate portion?

For adult males: 180-200g of cooked pork is considered a portion. For adult females: 160-200g is considered a portion. For young children: Trim the portions down according to their age. The younger, the smaller the portion.

Don’t have a food scale?

No problem. Use the stretched-out palm of your hand as a guideline. The thickness of the meat should be the same as a box of matches. For adult males: 2 palm-sized portions. For adult females: 1 palm-sized portion.

Here’s the good news

SA Pork is so easy to cook and versatile. It’s also available in many different cuts. Stock up whenever you do have to shop for food and freeze some pork for the days and weeks to come. It combines well with most herbs, spices, seasonings and sauces. You need little to put a delicious meaty dish on the table. Use what you have and experiment a little. Our easy recipes will give you plenty of ideas and inspiration.

Texan steaks with chilli salsa

Texan steak is a large steak cut from a leg of pork, normally about 3cm thick and will easily serve several people. It’s affordable, versatile and can be braaied over the coals or roasted in the oven, making it suitable for a midweek meal or even for a weekend braai to spoil and inspire our loved ones – especially when it’s getting hard to be housebound. 

Preparation: 10 min | Cooking: 20-25 min | Serves about 4

Ingredients

1 large Texan pork steak (see tip 1)

15ml (1T) olive oil

Chilli salsa

2 large tomatoes

60ml (¼c) chopped fresh coriander

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 red chillies, finely chopped

juice of 1 lime, or 30ml (2T) lemon juice salt

 

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C. Put a wire rack on a baking sheet and grease with nonstick spray.
  • Brush the steak with the oil and put on the wire rack.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes or until done. Leave to rest for at least 5 minutes then cut into strips.

Chilli salsa

  • Dice the tomatoes and mix with the coriander.
  • Add the garlic, chillies and lime or lemon juice to the salsa and mix.
  • Season with salt and spoon over the steak.
  • Serve with a salad or sticky rice (see tip 2).

TIPS

  • How much serves as a portion? 160-200g raw Texan steak is enough per person.
  • To make sticky rice cook 375ml (1½c) jasmine rice according to the packet instructions.
  • Drain and stir in 60ml (¼c) chopped fresh coriander and 15ml (1T) rice vinegar. Alternatively, stir the chilli salsa into cooked jasmine rice.