Eat– for Good Health

As they say in Texas, we’ve got weather.  Here in Southern California, we’ve had a deluge of cold rain.  Spirit Lake, Iowa’s snow drifts are over six feet, and Des Moines is still having a blizzard.  If you’re on the Northeastern Seaboard freezing rain is changing over to snow.   Hoisin Pork Stir-fry with Red Peppers and Snow Peas is a flavorful low calorie meal of 270 calories that includes 1/2 cup of rice noodles.  Tofu can be substituted for pork.

Ingredients for four servings

  • 4  ounces  uncooked rice noodles or rice
  • 2  T.  low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1  (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 3/4  cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4  cup  hoisin sauce
  • 1 T.  cornstarch
  • 1  T. honey
  • 4  tsp.  dark sesame oil, divided
  • 3  cups  snow peas, trimmed (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2  cup  sliced red bell pepper
  • 1  T.  bottled ground fresh ginger
  • 1  tsp.  bottled minced garlic (or less, depending on your taste)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped green onions

Prepare rice noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.  Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and pork, tossing to coat. Set aside.Combine remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, broth, hoisin, cornstarch, and honey in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until browned. Remove pork from pan. Add remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil to pan. Stir in peas, bell pepper, ginger, and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Return pork mixture to pan; stir in broth mixture. Simmer 2 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in green onions. Serve pork mixture over the noodles.


14 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Predictions are interesting. What I’m wondering about is what will happen when we run out of oil. I wonder when that will be.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    According to geologist Dr. Hank Stevens of UCI, Earth will run out of petroleum in forty years. Stevens is not counting petroleum under the (deep water) sea floor in his calculation because it is a tremendously expensive operation

  3. Janessa Breckinridge

    My husband (a geologist/miner) tells me unconventional sources for oil exist– oil shale and tar sandstone. These are rocks that burn. Technology is being developed to use it, but at the moment it’s useless. Canada has tar sandstone, and Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado have oil in shale.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I’ve got to wonder what future generations of cars will be like. Today’s cars have lighter engines, fewer metal parts, and more efficient transmissions. Rob has ordered a hybrid for us.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    I know, Rob was talking to dear heart about your evolved Prius. I feel guilty that I haven’t shifted (ha, ha) into the green car movement. I the future, we will have to go electric because there won’t be any petrol!

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    My second cousin, Janice Kathleen, just phoned Dr. Hank and emailed me. The Hankster says Earth has 400 years worth of coal, and it will be used to power electric vehicles. He also explained that coal can be mixed with water and sent through pipes as slurry.

  7. A problem with coal use is air pollution, and the Clean Air Act requires use of low sulfur coal or “clean” coal. Otherwise, acid deposition from sulphur and nitrogen settle in the atmosphere. There are also land and water impacts. Surface mining strips soil and vegetation. Underground is bad, too, with acidic groundwater. China is having a problem with atmospheric problems that are coal related.

  8. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, it’s good to know truth behind the buzz. Scientists are finding potential in new materials, and I’m always happy to hear practical solutions to new problems.

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