This easy sweet and sour sauce is paired with grilled pork, pineapple, red pepper and spaghetti squash for a lighter version of the classic. It’s quick, easy and perfect for a weeknight!
Remember that time where you went to an Asian buffet, and your eyeballs decided that you should eat WAY more than your stomach can handle, so you ate ALL the chicken fried rice, sweet and sour pork and sesame chicken….and you felt so full of energy, and your skinny jeans fit PERFECTLY afterwards?
Me neither. Because it didn’t happen.
In fact, the last time that the hubskerdoodle and I went face-first into a Styrofoam box of chicken fried rice, we spent the rest of the evening crying in discomfort and lying on the couch like couched whales.
It was also our anniversary that day. Clearly, it was full of romance.
Sidenote: The hubs told me to tell you that he was not crying. Only I cried. He doesn’t cry because he is a man and stuff.
Now, I am not one to tell you to never go to “Happy China Buffet” down the street. Heck, I LOVE me some sweet and sour pork and any orange beef stir fry. Sometimes I even go walk around the food court, slowing down at Panda Express and hoping that they wave a little toothpick of yumminess in my face.
I have even debated bringing a stick on mustache, so I could walk around TWICE in one day. Fo’ realz.
Do you think they would buy it?
HOW-EV-ER, I’m just telling you that “Happy China Buffet” is a liar. The name should really be “Sad Day for Tummy China Buffet” if it is REALLY being honest.
So, for those days when you get THE craving, but aren’t willing to give the rest of your day over to feeling like you are about to have a take-out baby, I have solved your dilemma.
In the wise words of my momma: Pick your battles.
Yes, this was her advice on marriage BUT it works for this recipe too.
Marriage, sweet and sour pork. Same thing.
Anyway. What I mean is this: To me, it’s all about the sauce, so I made a classic, thick, easy sweet and sour sauce.
BUT, the pork Ain’t no thang!
And by that I mean, it’s not deep fried or breaded; it’s grilled. You knew what I meant though, right?
I also stuck it over some spaghetti squash, just like the paleo spaghetti squash bowls, instead of fried rice, to keep it even lighter. Plus, squash is just tasty. Squash for President I always say.
Except, that’s the first time I’ve said that.
I’m trying to think of something funny and witty to say to end this post so that you will be all “MUST PUT PORK IN MOUF NOW” Buttt, I got nothin’.
So, why don’t you head over the Julies Eats and Treats to grab the Grilled Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork Recipe?
Also: I’m looking for friends to join the “We wear fake mustaches to steal Panda Express Samples” Club.
Want more spaghetti squash?
Squash-y ideas from around the web:
Paleo Spaghetti Squash Hawaiian Pizza Pie – Smile Sandwich
Spaghetti Squash Tostadas – Taste and Tell
Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats – Ifoodreal