Serves - 2
Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 12-15 minutes
2 tsp sesame oil, divided
3/4 cup matchstick-size carrot strips
8 oz pork tenderloin, thinly sliced, slived halved
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced bottled or fresh ginger
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flatkes
1 Tblspn reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 Tblspn mirin* or dry sherry
2 tsp cornstarch
8 oz baby spinach
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
*Mirin, a sweet wine made from rice, is an essential flavoring in Japanese cuisine. It is available in Asian markets and the Asian or gourmet section of some supermarkets.
1. Heat 1 tsp oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrot strips. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pork, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes to taste. Stir-fry 3 minutes or until pork is no longer pink. Combine soy sauce, mirin and cornstarch in small bowl. Add to pork mixture. Stir-fry 1 minute or until sauce thickens.
2. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add spinach. Cover and cook 1 minute. Uncover and turn spinach with tongs. Cover and cook until spinach is barely wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer spinach to 2 serving plates. Spoon pork mixture over spinach. Top with sesame seeds.
Exchanges: 2 vegetables / 3-1/2 lean meat
Calories - 256 Sodium - 466mg
Calories from Fat - 35% Total Carb - 11g w/net carb - 8g
Total Fat - 10g Dietary Fiber - 3g
Saturated Fat - 2g Sugar - [not listed - but negligible from carrots & either wine ]
Cholesterol - 73mg Protein - 29g
Source: Diabetic Cooking, 3 Books in 1 - Snacks, Main Dishes, Desserts, Publications International, Ltd.
- Don't attempt using a wok. It cooks too hot and the sauce will immediately go past thick into a nice tasty clump.
- I just recently bought sesame oil - but the other times I just used regular cooking oil.
- To make this even easier, you can go with minced garlic from a jar. It works when you don't have any fresh garlic.
- Baby carrots also make it quick and easy to cut into matchstick size.
- And if the other person opts out for spinach, there's always sticky rice (but only if you don't have to watch the carbs).