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Sweet and Sour Pork

Love Chinese food but not the calories? We show you how to make it healthier!
Sweet and Sour Pork

Your go-to cheat foods don’t have to be fattening. We asked Devin Alexander, author of the new The Biggest Loser: Flavors of the World Cookbook, to help us cut calories and amp up the nutrients in this guy staple: INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • olive oil spray
  • 3 whole scallions, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp slivered red chilies
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup drained, canned bamboo shoots
  • 2 tsp avocado oil

MAKE IT 1.) Place the pork in a single layer between two sheets of waxed paper and pound with the side of a meat mallet until thin (about ⅛-inch thick). Cut each in half lengthwise and put in a bowl with 2 tbsp of rice vinegar. Let marinate, covered, in the fridge for 20 minutes. 2.) Meanwhile, whisk the agave, soy sauce, tomato paste, sherry, and remaining vinegar in a small bowl. 3.) Remove the pork from the vinegar, shake off any excess liquid, and transfer the pieces to a clean medium bowl. Add the cornstarch and toss until coated evenly. 4.) Place a large nonstick wok over high heat. When hot, lightly spray it with olive oil and add the scallions, bell pepper, chilies, garlic, and bamboo shoots. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the veggies just start to become tender. Remove from the pan and cover to keep warm. 5.) Return the wok to the heat, add 1 tsp of the avocado oil and half of the pork in a single layer. Cook briefly, stirring frequently, until the pork is just barely pink inside. Add it to the veggie mixture. Repeat with the remaining oil and pork. 6.) Dump the pork and veggies back into the wok and pour the sauce over the top. Turn off the heat. Stir until the sauce thickens slightly, enough to coat the meat and veggies. SERVES 4 Nutritional Breakdown 269 calories 31g protein 21g carbs 6g fat 1g fiber QUICK TIP: SKIP THE RICE To keep calories low, serve the pork with broccoli or snow peas. For a milder dish, seed the chilies before cooking.

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