If you’re planning to remake your eating habits in 2013, you’re probably looking for new recipes. And it’s pretty likely that you’ll want those new recipes to not only be healthy, but simple and quick to prepare as well. Most of us hear the words “stir-fry” and translate that to “endless prep.” But this pork and vegetable dish won’t take you more than 30 minutes from first chop to first bite. It makes a tasty meal by itself, or when paired with noodles or rice on the side.
This recipe also uses several good for you foods, including broccoli, carrots, ginger, and garlic. The brightness of orange juice and the tang of hoisin sauce give this meal a flavorful punch. Rather than getting expensive takeout loaded with sodium, you can enjoy this healthy dish at home for a taste of the exotic any night of the week.
1 pound pork tenderloin
2 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP dry sherry
1 TBSP cornstarch
1 TBSP sesame oil
3 C broccoli
1 C carrots, sliced
1 TBSP grated fresh ginger, or 1 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 C orange juice
3 TBSP hoisin sauce
Trim pork loin of visible fat, then slice into strips, about 1 1/2” long by 1/4” thick. It’s important to keep the slices uniform so they’ll cook evenly.
Mix soy sauce, sherry, and cornstarch in a medium sized bowl, then add pork and toss to combine. Set aside.
Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. You want the vegetables to be bright and crisp, not too soft. Remove the vegetables and set aside. Add the garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook for 1 minute.
Then add the pork and let it cook through, at least 4 minutes. When the pork is no longer pink, return the vegetables to the pan and toss for 1 minute.
Finally, add the orange juice and hoisin sauce and bring it all to a boil. Stir the mixture, so it’s evenly coated, and let it cook for 1 more minute, or until slightly thickened.
This makes 4 generous servings, each with 246 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of sugar, 27 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 543 milligrams of sodium.
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