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Lemongrass Pork & Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“In this Asian-flavored spaghetti squash recipe, thin slices of lean pork tenderloin are marinated with lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar and soy sauce. The flavorful marinade is then cooked with peanut butter and coconut milk to make a delicious sauce for this low-carb noodle bowl. ”
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh lemongrass (see Tip)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into ½-inch slices
1 2½- to 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1 pound baby spinach
½ cup “lite” coconut milk
¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
¼ cup water
1Combine 1 tablespoon ginger, lemongrass, brown sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce in a shallow dish. Add pork, turn to coat and let stand, turning once or twice, for 20 minutes.
2Meanwhile, place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)
3Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon ginger and add spinach a few handfuls at a time, cooking and stirring until all the spinach has wilted, 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer to a plate; cover to keep warm.
4Wipe out the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium-high. Add the pork (and marinade) and cook, turning once, until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to the plate with the spinach and cover; leave the liquid in the pan.
5Add coconut milk, peanut butter and ¼ cup water to the pan; cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits, for 1 minute.
6To serve, scrape the squash from the shells with a fork and divide among 4 bowls. Drizzle each portion with 2 tablespoons of the peanut sauce, top with pork and spinach, then drizzle with the remaining peanut sauce.
Find lemongrass—a woody, scallion-shaped herb with an aromatic lemon flavor—in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets or Asian food shops. To use, trim off the root end and grassy top. Peel off the outer layer and thinly slice (or mince) the softer inner stalk.
Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.
People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.