The Best Sesame-Almond Stir Fry Ever

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Oh Stir Fry. What a wonderful staple weeknight meal that comes together so quickly – but dear lord, can you please give me some new ideas?

I got you.

After many years of making stir fries, I have realized a few rules 

  • Vary your vegetables. If you ALWAYS go to broccoli, cauliflower and peppers, how about a trip to the Asian market for some baby bok choi?¬†
  • Think about your veggies in terms of the mineral and nutrients you need for the day. We should be eating a minimum of 5-7 open palm sized servings of veggies each day. Cruciferous veggies are high in antioxidants.¬†
  • Don’t be afraid to use frozen veggies
  • Vary your protein – I love chicken, turkey breast, and shrimp with this sauce. Tofu is great, as is tempeh.
  • Your sauce is EVERYTHING. This one will BLOW YOU AWAY
  • Serve over brown rice, cauliflower rice or shredded Napa cabbage (my fave)¬†

Ingredients 

  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1¬†medium red onion
  • 1 large knob ginger, finely chopped¬†
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger, garlic and Chinese five spice¬†
  • 2 organic boneless chicken breasts, diced OR 1 large organic turkey breast or 12-15 large shrimp or 1-2 cups chopped tofu/tempeh (see cooking directions)
  • Splash of tamari or soya sauce while cooking¬†
  • 3-4 cups cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, shredded brussel sprouts,¬†
  • 1-2 cups fresh green veggies: green beans, snow peas, snap peas
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame, green peas or frozen asparagus
  • 1/2 head of napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger powder, garlic powder, Chinese Five Spice¬†

SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup runny almond butter
  • 2 tbsp tamari or gluten-free soya sauce¬†
  • 1 knob fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Water to thin

 

Instruction.

Sauté the onion, ginger and spices until fragrant. Add your protein and stir fry over medium heat with your splash of tamari and a little water for 3-4 minutes until browned. Add the cruciferous veggies and stir fry quickly, turning up the heat. Next, add your fresh green beans, snap peas, and mushrooms.

TIP: IF you are using frozen veggies, remember these are flash-frozen and will need much less cooking time. 

While the veggies and protein do their thing, mix together sauce ingredients in a small metal bowl. You can whip them up in your blender, which will create a nice, smooth sauce (hint: Double the recipe and it becomes a nice salad dressing!.

Toss the stir fry with the sauce, add the sesame seeds at the end and serve over Napa Cabbage. Delicious!!!

 

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