Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sensational Stir-Fry!

Sunday. What a wonderful day Sunday is :) It is the day of the week where I can just be. My routine is quite similar each Sunday; I relax at home, do homework at a leisurely pace, go for a short easy run, and, on an occasion, become one within myself through the ancient teachings of yoga :) It is the day of the week where peace overwhelms the atmosphere. I find it necessary and even enjoyable, to reflect on any accomplishments that were made during the week, even if it was something as minuscule as receiving an A on a quiz. You earned it, so why not celebrate your achievement? Everyone could use a little extra confidence, so take pride in any step you make towards success. And now with my latest addition to my Sunday routine, cooking nutritious Pinterst-inspired meals for my family, I have found my extra source of confidence.

Life is GOOD :)

Anyways, that is a sneak peak of my sporadic Buddha wisdom for all of you fellow readers out there....let us resume to the dish shall we?;)
Two weeks ago, one of my dear friends Anna asked me what I was planning on making for my blog that Sunday, and I had told her about my idea of giving the sweet potato skin recipe a whirl. She kindly responded, "Oh yum!! But you know what would be really good? STIR-FRY." And just like that, inspiration was BORN.


I am quite the fan of Chinese food, but I always feel gross after I consume a plate of sesame or orange chicken with a side of lo mein noodles- it is one of those dishes where it feels good while eating it, but causes severe stomach cramps afterwards. Yeah, we have all been there. Soooo, I was eager to come upon this light and zesty Stiry-Fry dish on Pinterest!:)

Say, "Bye-Bye" to heavily doused oily veggies, and say hello to a light sensational flavor!

The inspiration for this heavenly dish came from!

This recipe is killer on its own, but in order to claim it as one of my own creations I had to add a bit of a twist to this already fabulous recipe!

Here is what the recipe calls for:

    Sauce:                                                                      Stir-Fry
    -1/2 cup of orange juice                                -1 lb. chicken (cubed)
    - 2 tablespoons soy sauce                            -salt/pepper
    - 2 tablespoons rice vinegar                       -3 tablespoons corn starch
    -1 tablespoon oyster sauce                          -4 cups chopped veggies
    -1 tablespoon orange zest                            -olive oil
    -2 large garlic cloves                                     -1/2 cup yellow onion (chopped)
    -1 teaspoon minced ginger
    -optional sweetener: sugar, honey etc.

I made just a few tweaks to the recipe to better its nutritional value and to save a couple bucks along the way too- woohoo!
Instead of using both oyster and soy sauce, I raided my pantry and found teriyaki sauce which contains a significant source of soy sauce in it already! Conveniently, this bottle of teriyaki had 40% less sodium than its normal sauce- my heart will thank me for that one!:D I substituted the oyster and soy sauces for 3 tablespoons of teriyaki and it turned out great!

In addition, I substituted whole wheat flour for corn starch to eliminate those harmful GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) found in corn products! Also, a little extra fiber never hurt anyone either ;)

Finally, for my choice of veggies I threw in yellow squash, broccoli, mushroom, carrots (shaved 1 whole carrot), and bean sprouts.

The result: DELICIOSO! 

The directions are SO easy to follow. For the sauce, all you need to do is throw all of its ingredients into a blender and let them mix together for 10-15 seconds on a high speed.

Once it has the consistency of a puree, pour into a large skillet over medium heat and let it begin to bubble. Next throw in seasoned chicken (which should be already massaged with a coat of that whole wheat flour) and all of your veggies/olive oil! Keep on skillet till your veggies have a nice crunch :)

Once your Stir-Fry has reached perfection, pour it upon a bed of wild grain or brown rice. Your Chinese fix is complete :) Without all of that extra peanut oil and fried breading that makes your stomach feel grody!!!

There you have it folks, a Sensational Stir-Fry dish can be made in no time in the comfort of your own home! 



1 comment:

  1. Nice recipe. I will try it because I want to taste it. If this is the best, then I will cook this recipe once or twice a week. Thanks for sharing this here.

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