WW Recipe of the Day: Low Carb Pork Sarciado for Two
(250 calories | *7 WW SmartPoints)
Sarciado? A kitchen classic in the Philippines which means “cooked in a thick sauce.” It’s really easy to recreate and cooked with tomatoes and often eggs.
This pork version omits the eggs, is a little easier than most and still as tasty as the traditional version.
I found that using a leaner cut of meat—a pork loin chop, rather than tougher shoulder meat—cooks quickly, is fork tender and just as tasty though it cooks in half the time.
For this recipe, one large chop was the perfect amount for 2 people. If you buy the chop on the bone, cut larger 3/4-inch pieces from the chop. Include the bone as you cook the stew for additional flavor.
During the summer months when tomatoes are at their peak use the fresh ones of course, however canned tomatoes work just fine here too.
The exotic flavor comes from just a hint of fish sauce, which is very intense on its own yet blends in smoothly when simmered with the tomatoes.
I use the Red Boat brand which is free of additives like MSG.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Sarciado?
According to my calculations, each serving has 250 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
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Pork Sarciado Recipe Notes
This recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of tomato paste. No problem if you have a tube of tomato paste in the fridge. But what do you do with the leftovers once you open an entire can? Have you ever found a tin of tomato paste that eventually turned black lurking in the fridge? You used 1 tablespoon in a sauce and then forgot about it?
Here’s an easy way to ensure you’ll have fresh tomato paste whenever you need it:
The Best Way to Store Leftover Tomato Paste
Remove the contents to a piece of plastic wrap, spread it out to an even thickness and then using the ends of the plastic wrap, roll the plastic into a cylinder that looks like a thin sausage.
Put this in a bag or container and store in the freezer. Then just off chunks of the frozen tomato paste as you need them!
What Can I Use as a Substitute for Fish Sauce
A teaspoon of fish sauce is also called for. If you don’t have it, either soy sauce or Worcestershire are good substitutes.
How to Serve Pork Sarciado
Rice is the natural accompaniment, however potatoes are also good alongside the dish. If you are trying to stay low carb, cauliflower rice is a nice alternative.
Choose a rich white wine from California or sturdy winter red to drink with the stew.
If you’ve made this Pork Sarciado with Tomatoes, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
Low Carb Pork Sarciado
- 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 pork loin chop with bone (10 - 12 ounces)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- Heat the oil in a large skillet.
- Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly colored.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, fish sauce along with 1/2 cup water. Add the meat and mix together until thoroughly combined.
- Simmer for 20 minutes. At this point, the meat will be almost tender. It can be held at room temperature for a few hours or covered, and refrigerated for several hours before finishing.
- When almost ready to serve, reheat the meat, simmer for another 15 minutes, adding the peas after 5 minutes. Serve hot.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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