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Pork sandwich the center piece of simple supper for 2

Barbecue pork sandwich with three-bean salad.
Barbecue pork sandwich with three-bean salad. Linda Gassenheimer/TNS

A thick and juicy pork sandwich served with three-bean salad makes an easy, nutritious dinner. In this quick version, the pork is sauteed, not grilled, and then served with a barbecue sauce. The secret is to cut the meat in very thin slices so it absorbs the sauce.

Any type of roll can be used for the sandwich. I prefer Kaiser rolls that have a hard crust or a crisp sourdough roll.

For a nice crunchiness, fresh green beans are used in the three-bean salad. They are microwaved for 2 minutes and then mixed with canned chick peas and kidney beans.

Barbecued Pork Roll

3/4 pound pork tenderloin

Vegetable oil spray

1/2 cup low-sodium barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons diced red onion

2 kaiser or sourdough rolls

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees to toast roll. Remove visible fat from pork and cut nearly in half lengthwise. Open the pork and lay flat like a book. Pound it flat with the palm or your hand or with the bottom of a skillet. Spray a medium-sized nonstick skillet with vegetable oil spray and place over high heat. Add pork and sear 1 minute on each side. Lower heat to medium and cook 2 more minutes. A meat thermometer should read 154 degrees. Remove meat to cutting board and let rest while toasting the rolls.

Mix barbecue sauce and onions together.

Slice rolls in half and toast in toaster or regular oven for 2 minutes. Cut pork into thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Spoon a little sauce over open rolls. Place meat on rolls. Spoon half the sauce over the top and serve the rest of the sauce on the side for dipping.

Per serving: 426 calories (16 percent from fat), 7.5 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 3 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 39.2 g protein, 48.2 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fiber, 440 mg sodium.

Yield: 2 servings.

Three-Bean Salad

1/4 pound green beans (1 cup, sliced)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons diced red onion

1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned chickpeas

1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned red kidney beans

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Trim beans and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes. Mix balsamic vinegar, oil, mustard and water together in a bowl large enough to serve bean salad. Add cumin, chili powder and onion and mix well. Add green beans, chick peas and kidney beans. Toss well. Taste for seasoning, adding more cumin, chili powder or salt and pepper if needed.

Per serving: 115 calories (24 percent from fat), 3.1 g fat (0.4 g saturated, 2 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 6.1 g protein, 17.4 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 245 mg sodium.

Yield: 2 servings.

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