Stir Fry The Warm Winter Salad

Stir Fry The Warm Winter Salad

 Here are a few of my favorite Stir Fry dishes, we have been making instead of salads this winter. 

You guys may have seen where I mention that my husband and I had lost a tremendous amount of weight over the past year. I lost over 50 pounds and my husband around 30 pounds. It was mainly due to cleaning up our eating habits, portion control and just taking better care of ourselves, I guess you can say a little self love. I joking told him I was going to start a new blog about diet and call it the “The Half Gainer”. I have long since used this term to describe myself since I am only a Gainer by marriage making me a half, and I thought the pun is pretty funny for diet blog, but it is not really my passion so the idea like many of my ideas was fleeting, but now I have put it in writing so I retain the copy-write on it now, LOL.  

I find that the winter months make it hard to stay on track with eating health. However we have been eating a lot of homemade stir fry dishes at home, which got me thinking, they are kind of like a warm version of salad. You get all the good veggie with an added protein.  You dress them up with a nut and sauce which is just like a salad only you have lightly sautéed everything to make it warm during these colder months. 

So for us instead of eating those stick to your ribs, heavy calorie laden casseroles, which we absolutely love. We have been trying to do light stir fry dishes, sans the rice and starchy noodles, which just adds in additional carbs as well. It really just comes down to having great seasonings and fresh ingredients. 

These are a few of my go to seasoning and oils that I use to stir fry on a regular basis, I find that by using my mixes it can cut down on the the extra hidden sugars and carbs found in some of the bottled sauces. 

FOUR FANTASTIC STIR FRY’S

Here are a few of my favorite easy to make recipes that I wanted to share.

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Mandarin Orange Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Stir Fry
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breast cubed
  • 2 Mandarin Oranges (seedless) segmented
  • 2 Tbls Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbls Citrus Ginger Blend Seasoning
  • 1 Bag Bokchoy & Snap Pea Mix
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers optional

Instructions

  1. Heat Blood Orange Oil in Wok Pan, Add cubed chicken pre coated Citrus Ginger Blend Seasoning saute' until brown

  2. Next toss in Bok Choy Mix and Mushrooms saute' for 3-5 minutes 

  3. Finally add the segmented oranges toss and almond slivers if desired, and serve

 

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Schezwan Shrimp

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Stir Fry
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 can baby corn chopped
  • 1 head bok choy chopped
  • 1 red pepper stripped
  • 1 broccoli crown chopped
  • 12-16 Shrimp Peeled, devined
  • 3 Tbls Sesame Seeds
  • 1 bottle Schezwan Sauce
  • 2 Tbls Garlic Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Heat Wok with Garlic Olive Oil light sauté all vegetables 3-5 minutes 

  2. Add in shrimp at the very end of the cooking time for 1 -2 minutes 

  3. Drizzle the pan with a half bottle of Schezwan Sauce 

  4. Top with Sesame Seeds and serve

 

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Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Stir Fry
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts cubed
  • 3 cups Broccoli chopped
  • 1 can Baby Corn chopped
  • 1 can Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 4 Tbls Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbls Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning
  • 2 Tbls Baklouti Green Chili Oil

Instructions

  1. Pre heat Wok Pan with Baklouti Oil, add cubed chicken pre coated with Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning sauté until golden brown  

  2. Add in Mushrooms, Baby Corn and Broccoli 

  3. Drizzle with Honey 

  4. Top with Sesame Seeds and serve. 

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Butternut Noodle Toss

Course Main Course
Keyword Stir Fry
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 package Butternut Squash Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Edamame dried or fresh
  • 1/2 cup cran-cherries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or peanuts
  • 1 bag Cauliflower pearls
  • 2 Tbls Lime Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Honey
  • 3 Tbls Sriracha
  • 1/2 Lime Fresh (juice)
  • 2 Tbls Garlic
  • 2 Chicken or Turkey Breast Cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat Lime Olive Oil in Wok with Garlic and Chicken

  2.  Add Butternut Noodles, and Cauliflower Pearls saute' for 3-5 minutes

  3. Top with all remaining dry ingredients 

  4. Pour honey, sriracha and peanut butter mixture over vegetables allow to melt and toss

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Easy Week Night Dinner’s with 4 Fantastic Stir Fry Recipes

27 Comments

  1. All of these look awesome! I’d most likely go with the sesame chicken and broccoli personally lol. Skipping the rice and noodles would be difficult, but the ingredients look filling enough that i shouldn’t be missed too much!


  2. These stir fry recipes sound so yummy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Mmm these look so good! I love a good stir fry, especially with broccoli! I was actually thinking about making one tomorrow night for dinner, I have a bunch of veggies that need to be put to use!
    -Madi xo |

  4. All these recipes look so yummy!! Schezwan shrimp sounds little bit easy for me, I’m definitely going to try this out!

  5. Chloe

    Yum! I never thought of a stir fry as a warm salad. I love it! I’ll have to use this recipe before the warm weather comes.

  6. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    These all sounds so good and the perfect way to get your veggies too.

  7. Southern Sassyfrass

    What a great list of Stir Fry recipes I am pinning this one for sure, so I can revisit during dinner time and meal planning.

  8. That Schezwan Shrimp looks really really good. These are my kinda food.

  9. Sounds like a tasty recipe. I agree that during winter it’s better to eat warming foods and cooked vegetables instead of raw salads.

  10. Amy @ Her Faith

    I agree we all need to eat more vegetables and healthier on a regular basis. Creating your own cuts a lot of the hidden sugars and salt content.

  11. The mandarin chicken looks absolutely delicious. I’d like to try the Szechuan, but we don’t’ do shrimp, so I’d have to try with chicken.

  12. Stir fry is the perfect way to eat more vegetables in the winter. These all look wonderful–I’m pinning the recipes to make over the next few weeks.

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  14. Ara Patria

    What a great resource for recipes you are, I love a good stir fry so healthy and loads of veggies.

  15. Our LIttle Fox Hole

    We love to eat stir fry it is the perfect way to get the kids to eat their vegetables with out even knowing, lol.

  16. gigi58

    Hello dear I have to say I love this idea if it being a warm version of salad I guess I never thought of it that way.

  17. Truly lots of amazing knowledge and such a fun way to describe stirfry.

  18. Vonetta

    Tips well considered I really do need to start eating a little bit better.

  19. Thank you for all excellent recipes and information!

  20. Mack

    You have made a great point! I will eat more stir fry.

  21. Abby Darlington

    Amazing information perfect way to eat lighter and control all those sauces that have the hidden salt and sugar.

  22. Michelle James

    Thanks for all the great dinner ideas, Lots of data here and simple weeknight recipes.

  23. Kim

    I eat stir fry all the time it is my go to dish of choice, I will try a few of your recipes, Thanks.

  24. Blair Villanueva

    Incredible many of beneficial advice! Many great recipes to add the advice to your life.

  25. Tara

    Yum I love stir fry and they are so easy to make like a one pan wonder.

  26. Marcelo

    Very good knowledge. Thanks so much for the great recipes I can not wait to try them.

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