Stir frying, which is a Chinese cooking technique that involves cooking food in hot oil—traditionally in a wok—has become very popular in American culture. After all, it’s an easy way to prepare home-made meals that the whole family will enjoy. Of course, as with any dish or cooking style, the ingredients that you choose make all the difference in the health factor of your meal. While you may think that healthy stir-fry recipes might be lacking in flavor and creativity, we have created some that are anything but boring!
Here are seven stir-fry recipes that you have to try:
1. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry >
One of our favorite stir-fry recipes, Chicken and Broccoli is always going to be a classic. And our version is simple to make and will easily become a go-to recipe in your family. With a simple Asian-style sauce, juicy, bite-sized pieces of chicken and a nutritious blend of broccoli, bell peppers and onions, this is a complete meal that everyone will gobble up. Served with fiber-rich brown rice, it’ll also keep you feeling full and satisfied.
2. Steak Stir-Fry with Grilled Peppers and Onions >
Trimmed flank steak marinated in a delicious sauce combined with crisp peppers and onions makes this a yummy stir-fry that will be sure to please. Plus, it has a lot of great nutrition. Bell peppers are loaded with vitamins, including vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and folic acid. Meanwhile, onions are a good source of vitamins C and B6 as well as iron and folate. Together, these veggies help make this meal a nutritional powerhouse—all served atop fiber-filled brown rice!
3. Tofu Stir-Fry with Savory Tahini Soy Sauce >
Your meatless stir-fry will be anything but boring when you use a flavor-filled sauce like our savory tahini soy sauce to spice it up. Tofu is the perfect lean protein for this delicious dish as it soaks up all the yummy flavors of our tasty sauce which is made from a blend of soy sauce, corn starch, garlic, ginger and—of course—tahini. In addition to being flavorful, tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds, has many health benefits, including the fact that it is high in healthy fats and amino acids, and that it packs in magnesium, copper, iron and zinc, among other essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Pasta >
Often a restaurant favorite, Shrimp Scampi sounds like a lot of work to make at home. Well, that’s not the case at all with this simple one-pan meal we’ve put together. And since our version uses zucchini noodles instead of traditional pasta, it’s a lot healthier for you, too. After all, zucchini is incredibly low in calories, while also being rich in filling fiber. And, you may be surprised to learn that zucchini actually has more potassium than a banana. This is a recipe that you can only whip up in a pinch and can feel good about eating.
5. Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp >
If you love fried rice but don’t want to load up on calories, then we’ve got the perfect substitution for you—Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp. You may be skeptical, but trust us, it has all the flavor of delicious fried rice but is a whole lot better for you. Combined with mixed veggies, egg and shrimp, there is so much flavor in this meal that you’ll hardly realize you swapped out the rice for vitamin-rich cauliflower.
6. Asian Salmon Bowl with Cauliflower Rice >
This Asian-style dish combines heart-healthy salmon with delicious veggies like cucumber, green onion and carrots. Plus, it’s all served over a bed of healthy cauliflower rice as opposed to the starchy white rice traditionally used in Asian meals. It’s a great choice if you’re craving take-out but don’t want to get bogged down by all the fat and calories that come with it. Plus, you’ll feel good about whipping up this home-made dish on your own.
7. Sesame Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry >
If you like shrimp, this might be your favorite of our stir-fry recipes, as it combines the succulent seafood with the rich flavors of garlic, sesame seeds, soy sauce and ginger. It’s easy to make and sure to become a family favorite in your household. And, when prepared in a healthy way, as this recipe is, shrimp can actually be quite good for you. This lean protein contains a variety of nutrients that people tend to lack including selenium, copper and niacin. It’s low in calories and tasty, too