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Vegetable Stir Fry

The other day I ate a big lunch which resulted in me not being hungry around dinner time. Later, around 9 at night, I was really hungry. Since this time was a bit late for me to eat, I needed something quick to put together, but also something that was rather light. I decided on one of my quickest meals, Vegetable Stir Fry. I had just the ingredients that I needed: veggies, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, ginger, and cornstarch. I even decided to use a splash of orange juice for a zesty twist. It was fantastic and just what I needed to feel satisfied. Fortunately, since it was light, I was able to go to sleep just fine.

I usually make a stir fry at least twice a month. It is fun to make because there are a lot of ingredients to choose from and it comes together in practically no time at all.The wonderful thing about making stir fry is that it is a good way to make use of those vegetables at the bottom of your refrigerator. Now, since you have this recipe, you have no excuse to not eat your vegetables! You can use any kind of vegetables you prefer.

Vegetable Stir Fry

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Madison Course: Main, SidesCuisine: Vegetarian, AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Vegetable Stir Fry
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 cup mushrooms

  • 2 cups broccoli

  • 1/2 cup snow peas

  • 8 ounce can baby corn spears

  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

  • For the Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch

  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon orange juice (either straight from the orange or from the container)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Directions

  • First start by making the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together vegetable broth, cornstarch, soy sauce, orange juice, honey, garlic powder and freshly grated ginger. 
  • Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add in all of the vegetables. (I suggest adding in the mushrooms and broccoli first since those take a bit longer to cook up.) Cook for 4-5 minutes. 
  • Bring the heat down to medium-low. Pour the sauce into the skillet and toss to evenly coat the vegetables. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. 
  • Finally, serve over rice or with noodles and Enjoy!

Notes

  • If adding protein, be sure to double the amount of sauce.

In full transparency, I was never a huge fan of Vegetable Stir Fry. It was not until I started making it myself that I really began to embrace the dish. I figured out a way to make it using just the vegetables that I like. In my opinion, for a truly good stir-fry, it is important to keep the vegetables crunchy. I like my vegetables to get only slightly soft. This is also beneficial because I do not have to stand over the stove cooking for very long when I am exceptionally hungry. Depending on which veggies I’m using, I make sure to cook them in a particular order. Whatever takes the longest to cook, I will add that to my skillet first.

One vegetable that I love using for unique flavor and texture is mushrooms. Mushrooms are definitely an acquired taste. They are not necessarily considered crunchy, but they will need to be cooked first. This is because they need some time to release their water content before being able to cook further with the other vegetables. From there, continue to add in the other vegetables and cook on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes before adding the sauce and cooking for another few minutes. I prefer my sauce to act as a glaze over my veggies. I do not like it very thick, but you can make the sauce as thick or thin as you like by altering the amount of cornstarch that you use.

Sounds easy PEAsy, right? When the stir fry is finally ready, you can serve it over some fluffy white rice or noodles. Add some sesame seeds for garnish if you wish. This meal has become one of my regular Meatless Monday options. It even works as a great side dish. If you choose to add protein, such as chicken, beef or fish, you will need to double the amount of sauce that you make. However you choose to serve it, I hope you find it delicious and add it to your household menu. 

Happy Eating!

-Madison

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