Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ants Climbing on Branches

Adapted from First Look, Then Cook

After bingeing during Christmas I was feeling very lethargic and unhealthy and I wanted to try a few recipes that tasted good but were still fairly light. This is the carb friendly version to the Chinese food "Ants climbing on Trees" which is ground pork with thin noodles. Here the noodles are replaced with green beans, making it much lower in calories while still being delicious.

1 lb green beans
1/2 lb lean ground pork
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced
1 medium onion
1-2 chilies
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cashews

Heat oil and saute garlic, onion, spices together for a few minutes until fragrant. Then add pork and brown, then add beans and red pepper and cook for a couple of minutes until the beans are beginning to soften. Meanwhile in a small bowl combine broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and whisk together until smooth. Stir broth mix into pork and cook until thickened. Top with cashews and serve with rice.

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