Monday, July 11, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Chili-Garlic Stir Fry!

So the best thing about stir fry? You can use, literally, anything in your vegetable bin or pantry! The secret is all in the sauce, so you can use up all of those left-over veggies, toss it on a bed of rice, quinoa, or whatever you feel like, and it's awesome! At the end of the week,  I had some broccoli, asparagus, and bell pepper that were probably going to cross the line into "unusable" in the next couple of days, so they all went in and it was delicious! I added some Tempeh and brown rice Ramen Noodles, since I don't eat meat very often, and the result was super flavorful, with lots of protein and whole grains, along with the fresh veggies. The best part of this recipe is that almost EVERYTHING can be subbed out with something else, and it's still awesome with the sauce! For the recipe, I'll include what I used, but feel free to sub your own ingredients, and tell me how it turns out!


For the Stir Fry Sauce (Make ahead):
1/4 C Tamari or Regular Soy Sauce (I use Gluten Free)
1/4 C Seasoned Rice Vinegar
2 to 3 Tbsp Honey
1 or 2 Tbsp Chili-Garlic Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Cornstarch

For the Stir Fry:
2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
1 Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 to 1/2 Red Onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 head Broccoli flowerettes, cut into large bite size pieces (about 2 cups)
1 Cup Asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
Tempeh, cut into 1 inch cubes (or add 1 cup cooked cubed chicken or other meat)
Cooked Brown Rice Ramen Noodles (1 packet, about 1 cup cooked)

Make the stir fry sauce ahead, combine all ingredients and whisk together, then set aside.

Heat a wok, or heavy skillet over high heat, until very hot. Add the Grapeseed Oil and heat for about 30 seconds, then add the bell pepper and onion. Toss for a couple of minutes, then add the Broccoli, Asparagus, and Tempeh.

After 3 to 4 minutes of tossing, check the Broccoli with a fork, and when almost tender, add the cooked ramen noodles and add the stir fry sauce. Toss together until the broccoli is done, and the sauce is thickened, should take about 2 minutes, tops. 

Ready to serve! 

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