Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice is a family dinner favorite at our house. It’s really tasty, but also pretty quick to put together on a busy night. It’s one of my favorite semi-homemade meals – the wild rice mix makes it quick and easy, but you’d never know it started with a mix when you take a bite. You can use any pork, but I prefer boneless pork chops, just because they’re fast and easy to cut up and cook.
4-6 boneless pork chops, cut into strips
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. oil
1 can mandarin oranges
1 1/2 cups water
1 package fast cooking long grain and wild rice mix
Here’s what you do:
1. Start by heating the oil in a skillet or wok. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper, then fry the pieces in the oil until they are a little browned.
2. Meanwhile, drain oranges, reserving juice, and set the oranges aside.
3. Add the water, rice mix (including the seasoning packet), and reserved juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink and the liquid is absorbed.
4. Remove from heat and gently stir the oranges in and allow them to heat through for a few minutes.
The pork, with the tang from the mandarin oranges, mmm, it’s the best. Coupled with the hearty wild rice, it’s the perfect dinner combo. Even my picky eaters dig right in and beg for more. It’s healthy, but it also has a sweet flavor, so it’s really kid-friendly! Here’s a printable version of the recipe so you can try it.
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