Since I’m doing Weight Watchers (and so is my husband finally!), having vegetables and fruits is a must. They’re zero points, which means I can load up lunches and dinners with them without overdoing it on points.
The easiest meal to make that includes lots of veggies is a stir fry. In a previous post, I talked about 3 ways to add more vegetables to meals and even showed how I added them to stir fry. It’s always a delicious meal, so I thought I’d share my secret. My recipe is inspired by an infographic I found on Pinterest. Yes, it’s true. Of course, I added my own twist to it.
My favorite part is the list of stir-fry sauces:
To make the sauce pretty much zero points, I use Stevia (3 packets) instead of brown sugar. I’ve tried the basic sauce and the black pepper sauce (super spicy!), and I always add red pepper flakes. I’ve done chicken, pork, and steak. All good. And when I do steak, I grate some fresh (well, actually frozen) ginger.
I don’t own a wok, so I don’t follow the exact cooking instructions on the infographic either. I usually mix up the sauce while I’m defrosting the meat. Then, I slice up the meat and add it to the sauce to marinate while I get some rice cooking. I add a little oil to the pan (and more red pepper flakes :)), and heat it up a little before adding the bowl of meat and sauce. Once it starts bubbling, I stir it, lower the heat a little, and cover it to let it simmer. That’s when I prep the veggies I’m going to add. Last time, I put some carrots and romaine into my Ninja and chopped them up. I also threw in a couple frozen shredded zucchini cubes and, of course, my go-to stir-fry veggie: broccoli slaw. I generally wait to throw in the vegetables until the meat is pretty well done. Then I mix everything up, make sure everything is covered with the sauce, and I cover the pan again. I check on it every few minutes, stirring it around a bit, and then covering it back up. I keep it on low heat until the other parts of the meal (like the rice) are done. Simple and delicious!
So give the infographic a try, and make some stir fry. You can go directly to Cook Smarts and get a nice printable version for free. In fact, I downloaded it, printed it, and keep it in a binder for easy reference! Let me know how your stir fry adventures go!