Tangelo Pork Stir-Fry

January/February 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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This pork and pepper stir-fry uses strips of tangelo zest and bright tangelo juice, which offers a little sunshine on a midwinter night. Tangelos, hybrids of tangerines and pummelos (or grapefruit), are often labeled as Minneolas or Honeybells.

"I am not normally one who sprinkles salt on everything, but this recipe could have used a little bit. I am also looking forward to tasting the leftovers to see if the flavors have melded some more. "
Tangelo Pork Stir-Fry

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each

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  • 2 tangelos, such as Minneolas or Honeybells
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from tangelos in long strips. Cut the strips lengthwise into very thin pieces. Cut the tangelos in half and squeeze enough juice from them to get 1/2 cup.
  2. Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, then add pork and cook, stirring, until just cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan along with shallots, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and the zest. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bell peppers and celery and cook, stirring constantly, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tangelo juice and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl, then pour it into the pan along with the pork and its juices. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbling and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute.


Per serving: 222 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 3 g fiber; 346 mg sodium; 665 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (220% daily value), Selenium (56% dv), Vitamin A (40% dv), Potassium (16% dv), Zinc (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

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