Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Veggie stir fry with brown rice

Who doesn't love stir fry? My family all agrees that it is delicious. I love that carnivores and herbivores alike can eat the same meal at my house with no complaints! It takes a bit of preparation with all of the fresh veggies but it is so worth it when it is ready to eat. I serve it over brown rice and add some fresh cut fruit as a side. Tonight I made spring rolls to go with it but alas, I am the only one who will eat them in my house. Oh well, more for me right?? Today I had a little bit of a pity party. I am working so hard at getting healthy. I do at least 45 minutes of cardio 6 days a week and a couple times a week I add weights. My husband informed me that he has lost several pounds. He does half the cardio I do and eats twice as much. WTH?? I just hope that even though all my hard work is not reflected on the scale that it is doing my body a LOT of good! I have set a new goal. When I get 12 more lbs. off I am cutting my hair. It is super long right now and takes forever to fix. I want it off for the summer. I better hurry. Summer in Utah is approaching and it gets HOT, HOT, HOT!!
Veggie Stir Fry
2 Tbsp. Arrowroot
1 C. vegetable broth or coconut water
2 tsp. grated or finely chopped ginger root
1 Tbsp. raw honey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tsp. minced garlic
1 ½ C. fresh broccoli florets
2 carrots, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 C. snow peas
4 green onions sliced thin
1 1/2 C. shredded cabbage
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

In a bowl , whisk together the arrowroot, broth, ginger root, honey & soy sauce. Set aside. In a wok heat the sesame oil and the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the garlic. Stir fry 30 seconds. Add the broccoli, carrots, and snow peas. Stir fry 3-4 minutes. Add onion and stir fry about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the soy sauce mixture. Stir well. Add the cabbage and stir to incorporate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve over brown rice.
Note: Brown rice is delicious and healthy. One cup has 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. It also has vitamins such as vitamin K, B6, thiamine, and niacin. It contains essential minerals too! Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, maganese and selenium. I'd say that's a super food! It takes longer to cook than white rice so I soak mine for about 20 minutes before cooking it.

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