Friday, August 21, 2009

Out of the doghouse

Pork Tenderloin with Ginger-Soy Sauce
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2006 Copyright 2005

1 tsp. canola oil
1 1-lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 8 pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs. bottled minced fresh ginger
2 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. water
1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Flatten each piece of pork to 1-inch thickness with fingertips, sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

Add 1/4 cup water to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Add ginger and next 5 ingredients (through sesame oil) to pan; cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes. Stir in onions; serve sauce over pork. I ended up cooking the pork in the sauce for a few minutes.

Nutritional Information (without noodles or rice) : Calories:165 (31% from fat) Fat:5.6g (sat 1.6g,mono 2.2,poly 1.3g) Protein:24.1g Carbohydrate:3.1g Fiber:0.4g Cholesterol:74mg Iron:1.6mg Sodium:338mg Calcium:8mg

My last pork tenderloin experience was a bit disappointing so I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this recipe but it really came through. There wasn't a lot of sauce but it was strong and flavorful. Luckily I made some ramen instead of rice since the ramen, even without the flavor packet, is flavorful enough not to need a lot of sauce. The pork came out nice and tender and flavoful too. I would make this again.

I actually made this entire meal after work with no prep work ahead of time whatsoever. That's a rarity these days. There wasn't any element of this recipe that could or needed to be made ahead of time.

I only needed to pick up the ramen and green onions to make this. My cupboards are getting barer as I use things up. I went grocery shopping last night and I had another good week but my bill was a tad bit higher since we're going away for the weekend and I bought some travel food.

This means I may not have anything to post next week. I won't have time to do any cooking this weekend so I planned the easiest meals for next week based on what I had in the house. I didn't have time to look for new recipes.

Have a nice weekend!


HotHeaded said...

Yummy that looks good! I have been trying not to grocery shop if I don't have to. I have been making more and more meals from whats in the cupboard. It's a fun challenge!
We had chicken fried rice last night. I've never made it before but it went over good. I love how most Asian dishes are full of flavor.

Unknown said...

Hope you have a good trip this weekend! I gave you an award on my blog.

Robbie said...

I made this for my husband and I. I doubled all ingredients for the sauce, it was delicious, and so easy! I had everything in my kitchen except green onions. Thanks!