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Sweet and Sour Beef with Cashews
Courtesy of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking
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Have all ingredients ready before starting to stir fry.
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
What you need:
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Sauce mixture:
+ 1 Tbsp. soy flour, or cornstarch
+ 1/3 c. water
+ sugar substitute equal to 1 Tbsp sugar
+ 1/8 c. cider vinegar
+ 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
+ 3 Tbsp. tomato sauce

Meat mixture:
+ 1 Tbsp. soy flour, or cornstarch
+ 1 Tbsp. sherry or red wine
+ 1 (12-oz.) lean beef tenderloin, trimmed and cut into small, thin pieces

Frying ingredients:
+ 1 Tbsp. peanut oil
+ 1 med. onion, peeled and sliced
+ 1/4 c. scallions, chopped
+ 1 lg. clove garlic, peeled and minced
+ 2 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
+ 1/2 lb. snow peas, ends trimmed
+ 1/3 c. unsalted, dry-roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
What to do:
For sauce mixture:
1. Combine 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch (or soy flour) with water, sugar substitute, vinegar, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Stir with a whisk and set aside.
For meat mixture:
2. Combine 1 Tbsp. cornstarch (or soy flour with sherry or wine and beef, mixing well. Set it aside.
3. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown onions and scallions.
4. Add garlic and ginger. Stir until this mixture starts to turn golden.
4. Add beef mixture and continue stir-frying for 3 min.
5. Add sauce mixture and stir-fry for an additional minute.
6. Add snow peas and *pineapple and continue stir-frying for 3 min. or until snow peas are tender-crisp.
7. Top with cashews, stir and serve.

Serving size: 5 1/3 oz.
Exchanges: Med.-fat protein: 2
Fruit: 1/2
Fat: 1/2

* Variation: Those who are not concerned with the carb count of this recipe can add to the wok a 4-oz. can of pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained, together with the snow peas.

Note: In Chinese cooking, It is best to have all your ingredients prepared and ready before starting to stir-fry.

Excerpt from EnLITEned Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen with permission from Feldheim Publishers. For more info contact For more info on diabetes contact
Nutritional information:
Calories: 186;   Total Fat: 8g;   Saturated Fat: 4g;   Cholesterol: 31mg;   Total Carbs: 11g;   Fiber: 2g;   Protein: 15g;   Sodium: 293mg;  
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