Friday, January 28, 2011

Pork “No Pain” Lo Mein

We all love Chinese food, Right?   When you go out for Chinese you are going to be eating food that tastes great, but probably contains additives of which you may not be aware. MSG and other types of flavor enhancers can cause headaches or even water retention.  Not a good thing when trying to lose a few pounds. On the other hand, when you prepare your meals at home you know exactly what you’re eating.   

I’m not advocating against restaurants.  Judy and I love to go out to eat.  But, having complete control of what goes in your body is certainly going to be beneficial in the long run.

Here’s a recipe for a Chinese restaurant favorite, with a twist.  It’s loaded with flavor and the ingredients are fresh. But you won’t find the calories or fat content found in most restaurant recipes.

From our kitchen to yours.  Enjoy the adventure.


Pork "No Pain" Lo Mein
8 oz lean Pork tenderloin, cut into ¼ inch wide strips

3 Tbsp low sodium Soy Sauce, divided into 2 Tbsp and 1 Tbsp

1 Tbsp Garlic, fresh, minced

2 Tbsp Ginger root, fresh, minced

8 oz Whole Wheat Fettuccini

1/8 tsp Salt

½ cup Carrots, thinly sliced

1 tsp Canola Oil

4 oz Button Mushrooms, or Shitake, sliced

½ cup Chicken broth, fat free, low sodium

1 tsp toasted Sesame Oil

1/3 cup Scallions, sliced

½ tsp Red Pepper flakes


In a medium bowl, toss pork with 2 Tablespoon of Soy sauce, Garlic and ginger; let it stand 20 minutes

Meanwhile, cook Fettuccini in a large pot of lightly salted water according to package directions, about 7 – 9 minutes; add Carrots to the pot 5 minutes before the Fettuccine will be done. Drain and set aside.

Heat Canola oil in a large non-stick skillet or Stir Fry pan over medium-high heat; add Mushrooms, Red Pepper flakes and pork. Increase heat to high; Stir fry until Mushrooms release their liquid and become lightly browned, and the Pork is cooked through, about 6 minutes.

Add the drained Fettuccini and Carrots, Broth, and the remaining Tablespoon of Soy sauce and Sesame Oil to the skillet; toss over low heat until combined.  Remove from heat and stir in Scallions.

Serve immediately.

Yields about 1 ¼ cups per serving.  Makes 4 servings.  PointsPlus value per serving is 8. Prep time is 20 minutes. Cooking time is 20 minutes. Level of difficulty is Easy.

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Recipes shown may not be exactly the same as those found on any website. Judy and I "tweak" each recipe we feature, to some degree, incorporating our own unique tastes. PointsPlus values, however, are accurate. 

Photo by Barry Baruh

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