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Hoisin Pork with Vegetables and Noodles

Yield: 4 servings (Serving Size: 1/2 cup bean threads and 1 1/4 cups stir-fry)

*2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
*2 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon ground ginger
*1 (3.5-ounce) package bean threads (cellophane noodles)
*12 ounces pork tenderloin, halved lengthwise then sliced 1/4" thick
*2 tablespoons cornstarch
*2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
*1 red bell pepper, cut into 2" wide strips
*1 large carrot, cut into 2" wide strips
*4 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 1 cup)
*2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
*cilantro leaves, for garnish

1) Combine hoisin, vinegar, ginger and 3 tablespoons water in a bowl; set aside. Place bean threads in a separate bowl; cover with boiling water and let stand 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
2) Dredge the pork in cornstarch. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Saute pork 2 minutes per side or until golden brown and just cooked through. Remove with slotted spoon. Add remaining oil, then add bell pepper, carrot, peas and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are al dente. Add hoisin mixture to the pan; bring to a boil. Add pork and cook one minute or just until pork is heated through.
3) Place the bean threads on a platter and top with stir-fry. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 324
Carbohydrate: 35 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

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