The Evidence Based Diet: Swine Fried RiceRobert Latkany, MD, CEO Medpie.com
April 30, 2009
What should I find on sale in the supermarket today, but pork?Must've been shipped in from Egypt, where the government has orderedslaughter of all pigs, I thought. I hesitated, but only for a moment, because I know, I really do, that Swine Flu cannot be caught by eating pork. Not only has this year'sSwine Flu, or rather 2009H1N1 flu, never been isolated from an actual pig, the Center for Disease Control claims that any flu viruswould bekilled after cooking pork to the standard internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
I proceeded to take advantage of everyone's ignorance and boughtthree packs of boneless pork loin; one to cook and two to freeze.Then, I had a flash of brilliance: what if I cooked the pork with star anise, the chinese spice that is used to manufacture the antiflu medication Tamiflu? I wasn'tsure that it would do any good for either me or the pork, butthe decisionhad a nice symmetry to it. Easy on the wallet and happy with my selection, I was off to make Swine Fried Rice.
Swine Fried Rice (serves 4)
4cups of cooked brown rice
1 1/2pounds of boneless sliced organic pork loin,
4 baby portabella mushrooms (diced)
1 small onion (diced)
1/3 ounce of organic chives (diced)
3star anise (from china not japan)
3tablespoons of grapeseed oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1.Heat grapeseed oil wok style pan on medium high heat for 20 seconds.
2.Add thethree wholestar anise to oil, and cook one side of pork loin slicesfor 8-10 minutes add pinch of salt and pepper.
3.Flip the pork loin, add diced mushrooms and onion on top and cook for additional 8 minutes until pork loin is lightly browned. Remove from heat, dice, and put back in to pan.
4.Add both cups of brown rice and diced chives and mix everything in pan for 1 minute.
5.Remove from heat and remove both star anise before serving.
The neighbor kid ate it up!
Pork, while no calorie lightweight, is high in selenium, an antioxidant mineral important in fighting flu, and is an excellent source of protein.
Swine Fried Rice is soy-free.
By Robert Latkany, MD MD, CEO Medpie.com
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