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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cruciferous Crunch Stir Fry

We had a guest the other day with some special dietary requirements. Not having expected to serve lunch, I had no plans in place. She told me that she eats a lot of stir fry meals, so I knew just the thing to try. Now that I know we like it, I will do it again---and again.

I love the old crack slaw recipes that have been low carb staples as long as I have had a low carb
kitchen. I usually use a pre-packaged cole slaw mix to save time. But when we got our new Trader Joe's store, I knew some fun was in the future. I bought this bag of pre-shredded Kale, Brussels, Cabbage and Broccoli. They call it the Cruciferous Crunch mix. I was planning a salad, but this happened instead. So glad it did. It can't get much healthier or easier! I already had a cooked chicken breast, so this literally was on the table in under 10 minutes.

Cruciferous Crunch Stir Fry

6 oz cooked chicken breast, cubed
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
10 oz bag Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch mix
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp dried ginger
6 drops liquid stevia (optional)

Heat oil in a skillet. Add minced garlic and chicken, until chicken is lightly browned. Add the bagged vegetables and toss to coat. Stirfry for about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine tamari. sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger and sweetener if using. Pour the sauce over the veggies and chicken. Stir well, plate and serve.

Serves 2:   223 calories   6 net g carb

If you don't have a pre-cooked breast of chicken, just cut one up and increase the amount of skillet time before you add the veggies. You should delay the garlic too so that it doesn't burn.

I like a little sweetener in my stir fry sauce. It reminds me of a teriyaki flavor. But you can certainly do without. This is a template recipe, so add more of what you like. I added some pepper flakes to my portion. 5 Spice powder would be excellent too. A peanut based sauce would be amazing.

The kale and brussels were such a nice touch that don't usually go in a stir fry. I will grab a couple bags of this mix every time I head to Trader Joe's from now on. The price is right, and the convenience of not having to wash and chop is perfect for me. Now I need to go get another bag so I can actually do the salad I was anticipating.

Happy Spring!  Today is the first official day. It is cold here, and I am just getting a little better from a bout with the flu. What a way to spend spring break. I worked the first two days, then got sick for the days I actually had scheduled off. Boo! I am caught up on all my television shows, though. Always look on the bright side.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks! I was wondering what to do with 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken. This was perfect!!

The M'Academia Nut said...

Yessss I am so into brussels sprouts all of a sudden, so this is perfect!! Any fish sauce recommendations?

Cecelia Greenberg-English said...

I made this for lunch today and loved it! I had to modify a bit based upon what was in the fridge and pantry. I added a bit of chili paste while cooking. When finished, I added some coconut aminos and sprinkled some dried ginger and powdered Stevia. Awesome!

Alexa said...

This was so great! I never would have thought to use my favorite salad mix in a stir fry. Genius! I added some TJs red bell and snap peas.

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