Photo: Oxmoor House
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Serve the pork and squash with rice.

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Ratings & Reviews

jpaigev's Review

October 10, 2011
Very good! May want to make a little extra sauce. Also topped with cilantro in addition to the green onion. My 2 and 4 yr log girls ate the squash and pork without the sauce.

SuzanneM's Review

April 13, 2011
This was delicious! I was worried about so much vinegar, but everything worked together really well. I made several changes, mostly to the procedure. I used pre-cut butternut squash which I stir-fried in only 1 T. of oil, seasoning it with the ground cinnamon, ginger (from a jar) and orange zest. I added sliced cremini mushrooms and snow peas along the way. When the vegetables were crisp-tender, I added only 7 oz. of cooked pork tenderloin (left from another meal) and the sauce. Everything was cooked perfectly-tender and still with good color (better than the picture!). The orange zest flavor nicely permeated everything, highlighting all the ingredients. Simply wonderful!