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Pork and Squash Stir-Fry

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 6 adult servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Butternut squash is a unique addition to stir-fry that pairs well with Asian seasonings. Serve it over cooked rice or noodles.


  • 5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, broken
  • 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 257
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 3.6 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 21.9 g
  • carbohydrate 25.9 g
  • fiber 6.2 g
  • cholesterol 61 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 423 mg
  • calcium 84 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place squash in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add water to a depth of 1 inch. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add orange rind, ginger, and cinnamon stick pieces; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove and discard cinnamon stick pieces.

  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork to pan, and sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Combine sugar and next 5 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Add sugar mixture to pan; cook 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Add squash; tossing to coat. Stir in green onions.

  4. for your toddler: Reserve 3 or 4 cubes of squash following Step

  5. Sauté 1 strip of pork in a separate pan until done.

  6. Cut the squash into bite-sized pieces, and shred the pork.

  7. Serve the pork and squash with rice.

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