Vietnamese Pork & Broccoli "Rice" Bowls


Broccoli gets a whirl in your food processor, with rice-like results, in this healthy dinner recipe. Serve with hot sauce and limes for an extra kick.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup warm water

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1-2 tablespoons minced serrano or jalapeño pepper

  • 1 pound broccoli with stems (not crowns)

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 pound lean ground pork

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro and/or mint

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallot

  • 1 cup julienned red bell pepper

  • 1 cup grated carrot

  • 1 cup diced English cucumber

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped roasted unsalted peanuts


  1. Combine water and brown sugar in a bowl; stir until the sugar dissolves. Add lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce and chile pepper to taste. Set aside.

  2. Peel the broccoli stems. Coarsely chop all the broccoli. Pulse in a food processor into rice-size pieces.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli "rice" and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Divide among 4 bowls; cover to keep warm.

  4. Wipe out the pan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and pork and cook over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in herbs, shallot and 1/2 cup of the reserved sauce.

  5. To serve, top each bowl of broccoli rice with equal portions of the pork mixture, bell pepper, carrot, cucumber and peanuts. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

422 Calories
23g Fat
30g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 422
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 6496IU 130%
Vitamin C 145mg 161%
Folate 120mcg 30%
Sodium 700mg 30%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 91mg 22%
Potassium 998mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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