Wednesday, January 12, 2011

400 Calorie Sweet and Sour Pork

Considering I usually consume more than 400 calories during cocktail hour, I could not believe that I made a meal that was only 400 calories. This recipe came out of the 400 Calorie Fix cookbook and makes a great weeknight dinner. Loads of flavor for such a low cal dish and you can easily throw this together after work. You could also substitute the pork with boneless, skinless chicken. The recipe below is double the original recipe because I like leftovers and my husband eats like he is eating for two....

400 Calorie Sweet and Sour Pork
Recipe courtesy of 400 Calorie Fix by Liz Vaccariello and Mindy Hermann

2 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1-2 inch cube pieces
4 T corn starch
4 T soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
6 T apple cider vinegar
6 T sugar
16 - 20 oz can diced pineapple, juice reserved
10 T canola oil (any kind of oil is fine)
8 teaspoons fresh, grated ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 - 3 bell peppers, cut into strips
1 large onion, diced

Combine pork, 2 T corn starch, 2 T soy sauce in a bowl and toss.

Combine ketchup, apple cider vinegar, sugar, reserved pineapple juice, 2 T soy sauce, 2 T corn starch in a bowl. (Dissolve the corn starch in the pineapple juice before mixing in with rest of the sauce.)

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add pork and cook until no longer pink about 4-5 minutes.

Add ginger and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

Stir in peppers, onion, and pineapple and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Stir in sauce and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened and serve over brown rice.

We had a Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic. During my time in San Diego I have learned that I love a red ale and this one from Bear Republic was awesome.