Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
Quinoa & Salad
1¼ cups water
¾ cup quinoa
½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
1 pound lean ground pork
1 small eggplant (10-12 ounces), cut into ½-inch cubes
1 medium zucchini, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons white miso (see Tips)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1½ tablespoons tahini (see Tips)
1 tablespoon toasted (dark) sesame oil
1 medium garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
To prepare quinoa: Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
To prepare sauce: Whisk water, miso, vinegar, tahini, sesame oil, garlic and ginger together in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
To prepare salad: Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a 14-inch flat-bottom wok over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and salt to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Return the pork to the wok and stir to combine.
Divide the quinoa among 4 bowls and top with the pork mixture. Drizzle each serving with a generous 2 tablespoons of the miso sauce.
Miso is fermented bean paste made from barley, rice or soybeans. It is available in different colors; in general, the lighter the color, the milder the flavor. Look for miso alongside the refrigerated tofu in the market. It will keep, in the refrigerator,
Serving size: 1½ cups pork & vegetables, ½ cup quinoa & 2 Tbsp. sauce
452 calories;23 g fat(5 g sat); 6 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 104 mcg folate; 66 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 878 IU vitamin A; 22 mg vitamin C; 64 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 673 mg sodium; 912 mg potassium
Vitamin C (37% daily value), Folate (26% dv)