We're so busy at this time of year, between work and parties and shopping, that it's awfully tempting to pick up takeout on the way home and call dinner done. But for me, that just adds to the feeling that I'm not doing all I could to eat healthfully and joyfully, reducing stress and overprocessed food. Trying to keep the household budget under control is important right now too. (Can you tell I'm working up to renewing my New Year's resolutions?)

Once I've made myself pass up takeout from the local Chinese restaurant, though, I'm still in the mood for Chinese takeout. So I'll make a speedy stop at the store for pork tenderloin and bean sprouts to make this easy, fast and satisfying Pork Chop Suey (pictured above). It'll be ready in 30 minutes-it couldn't have been delivered any faster or much cheaper, and certainly wouldn't taste as fresh or be as healthful. And I can make it for less than $2.50 a serving!

Pork Chop Suey
Chop suey is often made with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts-add them to this recipe if you wish. Serve with: Udon noodles.