Not just healthy, but very quick to make once the preparation work is done, stir-fries are a great switch from the typical “quick” dinners. The key to a great stir-fry is to prepare everything you need before you begin the fast-frying method.
Begin this dish by slicing a medium pork tenderloin roughly 1/4″ thick across the grain. Use a very sharp knife, and remove any silver skin that may remain on the tenderloin before you begin slicing. If you use a slightly diagonal motion when slicing the tenderloin, it’ll be easier to slice thinly.
In a resealable bag, put two tbsp of corn starch, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp of grated or minced ginger, and 1 tbsp of minced garlic. Add the sliced pork, and mix well to coat. Set aside while you prepare the vegetables.
For this dinner, I sliced carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms. Green or red peppers, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts etc would also be great add-ins if you wish. Make sure your vegetables are very similar in size so they’ll cook evenly. Once the vegetables are prepared, you’re ready to start cooking your dinner.
Preheat a wok or heavy frying pan to medium-high, and add 1 tbsp of sesame oil, and two tbsp of olive oil. When the pan is hot enough, the oil will appear to have swirls in it. Add the pork, and fry quickly making sure to stir as the meat cooks so it doesn’t rest at the bottom of the pan. When the meat is lightly browned, and no longer pink, transfer to a dish and repeat the process with the vegetables.
If using peppers and/or mushrooms, add them near the end of the frying time for the firmer vegetables. Vegetables that have a high water content will create a steaming process and not the unique flavour stir-frying gives to your meal. They also take a lot less time to cook, so add them only about 1 minute before your other vegetables are cooked to your desired tenderness.
To make the sauce for the stir-fry, combine 1/4 cup of Hoisin sauce, 1/8 cup of sodium-reduced soy sauce, 1 tbsp of minced or grated ginger, 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and 1 cup of water. Mix well. Add the delicate vegetables, and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Stir the mixture well and cook until the pork is heated through. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
Serve over hot rice or your favourite noodles for stir-fries. A quick and easy dinner bursting with flavour, and your family won’t even notice how good it is for them!