Monday, July 25, 2011

Dinner in 30 minutes: Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork

It tastes soooo much better than it looks! My cute neighbor was asking me about this recipe and instead of making her a copy, I told her I'd post it on my blog. I'm always shamelessly trying to get people to read it :)

Ingredients: 2T cornstarch, divided (if you run out like I did, just use flour - it worked fine)
                    1 lb. pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops
                    1/3c water
                    1/4c sugar
                    1/4c cider vinegar (I just used white and it tasted great)
                    3T soy sauce
                    3T ketchup
                    1T oil
                    1/2c chopped cashews (or more or less, depending on your taste)
                    1/4c green onions
                    2T finely chopped ginger root (if you don't want to cut it up, just sub 2t ginger spice)
                    2t minced garlic
                    6-8 oz snow peas, trimmed
                    8-12 oz pineapple chunks, drained

1. Slice pork into super thin strips.

2. Coat pork with 1T cornstarch (just stick in a baggy together, and shake) :)
3. Combine 1T cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup. Stir with whisk until there are no clumps.
4. Collect everything you'll need next to the stove.

Don't you wich you could smell this right now? Trust me, you do!

5. Heat 1-2T oil in large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add pork and stir-fry 3 minutes.
6. Add onions, ginger, and garlice. Stir-fry 1 minute.
7. Add snow peas and pineapple. Stir-fry 3 minutes.
8. Whisk sauce ingredients again and pour into pan. Bring to a boil, then cook 1 minute while stirring frequently.
9. Stir in cashew and serve over hot rice.

*The pork should be slightly frozen so you can get it into super thin strips.
*Trimming the snow peas just means to snap off the ends and the stringy parts.
*Do yourself a favor and get unsalted cashews, there's already enough salt from the soy sauce and ketchup!
*Start the rice cooking BEFORE you start cutting up stuff, that way they'll get done around the same time.


p.s. The good news is this makes 4-6 servings and (not including rice) is only 184-275 calories per serving and 5-7 grams of fat per serving! Healthy and scrumptous?! How can you beat that?


Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That sweet and sour pork sounds tasty. I just love cashews :) I host a recipe swap every week and I'd love for you to come by and show off a recipe or two. Have a blessed day :)

sheryl said...

This recipe looks really good! It would be great if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes.
I hope to see you there!