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Simple Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowl
Chefs continue to be inspired by global ingredients in 2013, and home cooks can take a cue by spicing up their own menus, too. Asian-inspired comfort foods with Thai, Vietnamese and Korean seasonings are at the forefront of flavor, and it’s never been easier to dial-up your dinners.
Fresh herbs and vegetables are key ingredients when it comes to Asian cooking and, paired with pork, you are sure to deliver a dish that packs delicious flavor. Whether it’s a quick weeknight meal during the cooler months, or a themed-dinner party, try prepping the Simple Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowl as an ultimate crowd-pleaser. Savory pork tenderloin and fresh lime contrast the spicy and sweet essence of vibrant basil.
Additionally, pork tenderloin is one of the leanest proteins available, containing only 3 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving, so fans can dig in with a happy heart. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) has recently certified pork tenderloin as a heart-healthy food with its iconic Heart-Check mark. Now there’s no better way to say “made with love” than by plating pork for any mealtime occasion.
You can vary this pho-inspired noodle bowl by mixing up the vegetables and garnishes. Try thinly sliced chiles, crushed red pepper flakes or chili sauce to bring on the heat. For a clean punch of flavor, cilantro, mint leaves or scallions will refresh your palate.
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Pork Noodle Bowl
1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
12 ounces rice noodles
4 cups prepared slaw mix
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral-flavored oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 lime, cut into 6 wedges
Prepare noodles according to package directions. Arrange the noodles in 6 serving bowls. Top with slaw mix and onion, and set aside.
While noodles are cooking, in medium saucepan, combine chicken broth, fish sauce, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low, to keep the broth just below a simmer.
In very large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and cook until browned and cooked to 145°F, 1 to 2 minutes per side (you may have to do this in batches). Let stand at room temperature for three minutes. Arrange the pork on top of the noodle bowls.
Ladle in piping-hot broth, garnish with basil and lime wedges, and serve.
Share sweets from the heart this Valentine’s Day
What better way to show love and affection on Valentine’s Day than by sharing a delicious gift made from the heart? A sweet treat is the perfect way to say “I love you” to the important people in your life.
A national survey by Wilton found that a quarter of women under age 55 bake as part of their Valentine’s Day celebration. And although women typically spend less than men on Valentine’s Day gifts, they give to more people in their lives — including a spouse or boyfriend, children, extended family, friends and co-workers. Among the most popular treats to prepare and share are cookies, cakes and cupcakes.
Try these tips from Wilton and get ready to bake to your heart’s content.
Let your love take shape with the Valentine Cookie Pan; heart shapes and thoughtful sayings like “Be Mine” will surely make that special someone know how much you care.
Go for a dip and jazz up: everyday cookies by giving them a chocolate dunk and sprinkle toppings.
Show your true colors: and surprise your sweetie by filling the center of a yellow cupcake with pink or red batter. It’s easy to do with the new Two Tone Cupcake Pan.
Dress up with baking cups and picks: which are the ideal accessories for your cupcakes; red gingham or pink polka dot baking cups adds festive flair.
Sweep ‘em off their feet: with a stylish presentation — pretty patterned window boxes and heart shaped bags are the perfect way to present your Valentine treats.
For more Valentine’s Day recipes, baking tips and gift inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.
Sweetheart Surprise Cupcakes
2 packages (16.5-18.25 oz. ea.) white cake mix
Eggs, oil and water to prepare mixes
Red-Red and Rose Icing Colors
1 can (16 oz.) White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing
Micro Hearts, Fill Your Heart Mix, Chocolate Hearts Mix or Valentine Nonpareils Sprinkles or Red or Pink Sugars
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place baking cups into standard muffin pan from the Two-Tone Cupcake Pan kit. Prepare white cake mix following package instructions. Remove about 1-1/2 cups batter from bowl; divide into 2 smaller bowls. Tint one smaller bowl of batter red, the other rose. Place cupcake insert into first row of baking cups; fill center 2/3 full with red or rose batter. Fill remaining cup 2/3 full with white batter. Remove insert; wash and dry. Repeat with remaining baking cups.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
Tint portions of icing red and rose; reserve some white. Pipe tip 1M or tip 12 icing swirl onto cooled cupcakes. Add sprinkles or sugars.