Friday, January 22, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Pork - in under 30 minutes

I am a little obsessed with food again. I think we got off track with making decent food because we were overwhelmed (shocking, I know) and we started to resort to pretty bland and boring food. Like I said in an earlier post, we are looking for things that are easy - but better than "cooking" a frozen pizza. So for tonight we tried this...

Sweet and Spicy Pork
adapted from Cooking Light, June 2005

This comes together VERY fast.

  • 1# boneless pork tenderloin, sliced into thin chops (we made 6 slices)
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp EACH minced garlic and ginger
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2/3 cup of salsa
  • 2-3 Tbs of chutney or preserves (we used a combo of hot mango chutney and strawberry preserves)
  • cilantro to garnish
  1. Heat the oil in the pan on med/med-high and mix the soy, ginger, and garlic together in a small bowl.
  2. Put the pork in the pan and immediately spoon they garlic mixture evenly over the chops.
  3. Turn pork over when it starts to get a little golden brown.
  4. When cooked to your preference (don't over cook, there is always carryover) remove from pan and cover with foil while you make the sauce.
  5. For the sauce - put the salsa and chutney in the same pan you cooked the pork - stir until well blended and heated through.
  6. Serve pork slices with sauce on top.
The Stats: If serving 4 (again, we made it serve 2 with a lunch leftover) - the entree is 169 calories, 5.1 g fat, 24.4 g protein.

VERDICT: OMG - this was so easy it was crazy. It took my 25 minutes from start to finish, INCLUDING the time it took me to wash three potatoes, wrap them and toss them in the microwave, find the pole beans in the freezer and get a pot of them going, find all the ingredients and chop everything and slice the pork. You can't even preheat the oven and cook a frozen pizza in that time. Oh, and before you gasp at the massive pile of white stuff on my potato - it's yogurt :)

1 comment:

Cyberman said...

Have you ever seen somebody lick the chutney spoon in an Indian Restaurant and put it back? This would never have happened under the Tories.