Thursday, April 21, 2011

Super Quick Stir Fry with Homemade Peanut Sauce

I started working on this recipe before leaving for our wedding, when time was rather scarce and the importance of a slim waistline was at an all-time high.  I've been consistently making this dish each week and it has become my favorite, busy-weeknight meal.  I don't even have to get out my favorite global for this meal - this is a no-chop dish people!
1 12-16 oz. bag broccoli
1/2 16 oz. bag snow or snap peas
2 garlic cloves (optional)
1 10 oz. bag shredded cabbage
1/3 cup raw peanut or almond butter*
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
Dash stevia (optional)
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
Toasted sesame oil, for drizzling
*Buy peanut or almond butter that does not have added sugar or other ingredients, like Trader Joe's Raw Almond Butter made solely from raw almonds.
Cover the bottom of a large skillet with extra-virgin olive oil and heat on medium.  Add bag of broccoli, breaking up any extra large florets.  Sprinkle the broccoli with salt and toss to coat with oil.  Cover the skillet and steam until broccoli is just tender, approximately 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.  Combine nut butter, soy sauce and rice vinegar in a bowl.  Thin with water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is pourable.  If desired, add a dash of stevia and/or 1 teaspoon of ginger.

When broccoli is tender, add peas and garlic (if using) and stir fry an additional 2 minutes.
 Add the cabbage and turn to mix.
Pour sauce over vegetables and turn to combine. Cook until desired tenderness, 2 to 5 minutes longer. Season with salt if needed.  Drizzle with toasted sesame oil and serve warm.

In Phase 1 feel free to add some additional protein, such as shredded chicken.  In Phase 3, you can make the dish as is, without the cabbage and serve the stir fry on raw, shredded cabbage.  Max and I are able to finish most of this dish, but you could probably stretch it to 3 servings (or more if you add other protein).


  1. I so appreciate your blog. When I am not sure what to cook for dinner I check out your blog. Last night I made the Super Quick Stir Fry and the girls and I loved it. I felt really good that they ate a ton of veggies. I wonder when I will stop stressing about what they eat. I mean the way I sound you'd think they were toddlers. Anyway, thanks Jen. Love auntie D

  2. Deb - That's so awesome! I'm glad you liked it. Isn't it so easy!?!? I was picky until well into college, so I understand worrying about what your girls will eat :) Enjoy!

  3. Melinda - Welcome!
    Hope you enjoy the stir fry - it's such a good weekly go-to meal!