Pork & Asparagus Stir Fry

May in Michigan means one thing: asparagus season!! Tender, delicious and loaded in health benefits – it is hard to resist this Spring delight. If you aren’t serving asparagus this season, here are a few reasons why you should start:

1) Antioxidants:  Asparagus is loaded in antioxidants which help neutralize the effects of damaging free-radicals. In other words: it fights off cancer!

2) Amino Acids act as a natural diuretic which helps the body release fluids and rid the body of excess salt.

3) Anti-Aging: This tasty veggie may help fight cognitive decline.

4) Vitamins: From fiber to folate to Vitamin K – this veggie is jam packed with powerful nutrients.

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Pork & Asparagus Stir Fry
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 178
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.1g
  • Sodium: 168mg
  • Fiber: .9g
  • Protein: 25.7g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
Recipe type: Entree
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin - cut in cubes
  • 1 tbs corn starch
  • 1 clove garlic - grated
  • 1 tbs Shaohsing (Chinese rice cooking wine) or sherry
  • ¼ c soy sauce - low sodium
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger - grated
  • ½ tbs chili garlic sauce
  • 1 bunch asparagus - sliced 1 in. thick
  • 2 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • ¼ c scallions - diced
  • Toasted sesame seeds - optional garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, wisk together corn starch, garlic, Shaoshing wine and 2 tbs soy sauce.
  2. Add pork cubes and set aside to marinade for at least 15 minutes or longer (in the fridge.)
  3. Once pork has marinated, heat a wok or a large saute pan over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Add ginger and chili paste and heat for 30 seconds to release flavors.
  5. Toss in asparagus and saute for 2-3 minutes; remove from pan.
  6. Add pork and all of the soy marinade into the pan and stir fry for 5-6 minutes or until browned.
  7. Add remaining 2 tbs soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and scrape up brown bits from bottom of pan.
  8. Toss in the reserved asparagus and sesame oil and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  9. Serve with scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
Notes
Good source of iron.

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