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Kra Prao (Stir-Fried Pork and Basil)

(Family Features) It's 4 p.m. Do you know what's for dinner? 

If you've ever wandered around the grocery store, desperate for a dinner idea, or stood puzzled at your pantry waiting for inspiration to strike, relax. These tips and a super-fast recipe from the mother and son team of Sandy and David Hu, creators of the Special Fork mobile recipe website, can help you solve the dinnertime dilemma any night of the week. Their focus is on everyday answers: all their recipes take no more than 30 minutes of prep time.

Double Duty Ingredients - Pick up an extra rotisserie chicken so you can eat one tonight and use the other one to make a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup tomorrow. Turn flatbreads into pizza crusts and use leftover grilled steak in a savory salad.

Rice is Nice - Keep this budget-friendly staple on hand to create a satisfying meal in no time. Sandy says you can use it to make a Mock Rice Pilaf, a Summer Rice Salad with fresh farmers' market finds, or tasty fried rice with bacon and veggies. 

Sandwich for Dinner - Whether it's the French Croque Monsieur, Vietnamese Banh Mi, or good old Sloppy Joes, in a pinch, serve sandwiches.

Speedy Solutions -
Build your repertoire of quick-fix meals, like Thai Stir-Fried Pork and Basil (Kra Prao). This tantalizing, authentic dish, takes just 20 minutes from start to finish and your kitchen will smell as heavenly as a Thai restaurant in no time. See how to make it with this how-to video. You can find more recipes like this at www.SpecialFork.com

Answers on the Go - If you need a quick dinner idea away from your computer, just whip out your iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone and search www.SpecialFork.com for a speedy answer. Special Fork will generate a shopping list from your recipes so you can organize your shopping on your phone. And, the shopping list links to selection information about produce and meats to help you buy wisely.

For more ways to solve the dinnertime dilemma, follow Special Fork on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SpecialFork) or follow Sandy on Twitter (http://twitter.com/specialforksndy). Special Fork posts a new blog every weekday for cooking inspiration: Monday features musings from Special Fork, Tuesday is for Cooking Newbies, Wednesday is about Cooking for One or Two, Thursday is for the Busy Mommy/Daddy, and Friday is Video Friday, dedicated to video demos.

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Kra Prao (Stir-Fried Pork and Basil)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai bird's eye chiles or other small hot chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 cups Thai basil leaves or regular basil, lightly packed
  • Hot rice
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    1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chiles; stir just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pork, stir and cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Add sugar, fish sauce and basil and cook, stirring, just until basil wilts, about 2 minutes. Serve on hot rice.

Makes 2 generous servings
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SOURCE: Special Fork

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