Hoisin pork & eggplant stir-fry

This was an exercise in pantry diving more than anything, but it turned out quite tasty.

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin
1 eggplant, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup snow peas
1 table spoon soy sauce
1 table spoon sugar
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
3 table sauce rice vinegar
2 table spoon Sambal oelek
3 tea spoon cornstarch
peanut oil
ingredients

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1. In a bowl, combine the hoisin, rice vinegar, sambal oelek and 1 tea spoon of the cornstarch. Stor together and set aside.
sauce

2. Thinly slice the pork. Combine the remaining cornstarch, the soy sauce and the sugar. Marinade the pork in this mixture for 30 minutes (See here).

Sear the pork until colored, set aside.
pork

3. Throw the onions in the pan and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.
onions

4. Add the eggplants and cook until they start to soften.
eggplant

5. Add the snow peas.
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6. Add the hoisin sauce mix.
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7. Return the pork to the pan. Stir to combine.
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8. Simmer until the eggplants are done.
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9. Serve over rice.
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Mini pitas with “asian spiced” turkey stuffing

These are deceptively filling… about 3 mini pitas makes a very satisfying meal.

Ingredients
mini pitas
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
6 table spoon tamari sauce
1 1/2 tea spoon sriracha
2 tea spoon brown sugar
1 table spoon peanut oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup cashews
1 small yellow onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, pressed
1-2 inch of fresh ginger, grated
3 green onions, sliced
salt and pepper.
ingredients

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1. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Pour in the cashews and toast for a few minutes.
toastcashews

2. Set aside to cool.
coolingcashews

3. In a large skillet, warm the peanut oil. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook until the onion is translucent.
aromatics

4. Add the ground turkey. As you cook the turkey break any clumps apart with a wooden spoon.
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5. Meanwhile, combine the hoisin, sriracha, tamari and brown sugar in a bowl.
sauce

6. Once there is no more pink in the turkey pour in the sauce,
addsauce

7. Mix well into the meat and allow to reduce for a few minutes. Chop the cashews and add to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes more. The cashews will drink up the sauce.
addcashews

8. Add the green onions, stir in and remove from heat.
add greenonions

9. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then  carefully stuff into the mini pitas.
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