Simple meals like this vegetable stir fry are key for me when life is as hectic as it has been lately. The Hubs has been traveling, and I’ve been working a ton, but I still need to eat! It’s easy to drive-thru for your meals when life is super busy. The problem is, a greasy fast food meal may satisfy your hunger in that moment, but won’t help to fuel your body through the rest of your tasks.
This year my focus has been on consuming the right calories, not a certain number of calories. I’ve noticed that by ensuring that I eat nutritionally, my energy levels stay up throughout the day helping me to be more productive. For this recipe, I used pretty much the same set of vegetables I used in the lentil “meat” balls I posted about yesterday, but I added some asian flavors and pre-cooked noodles. The whole dish took less than 30 minutes to make. Its not only healthy, delicious and fast, but it can easily be made for one person or more, and it won’t make you feel like crap later like a fast food meal will.
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden ginger
- ½ red onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- ½ cup broccoli, chopped
- ½ cup asparagus, chopped
- ½ cup zucchini, chopped
- 1 ear of corn, kernels removed
- 1 package Melissa's Shirataki Fettuccine Noodles
- In a small bowl whisk together rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, onion and carrot to the pan. Cook 4 minutes until fragrant.
- Add in remaining vegetables. Cook stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
- Stir in soy sauce mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer until vegetables are cooked through and the sauce reduces slightly.
- Add noodles and stir until well combined.
I hope I’m starting to convince you that vegetables aren’t just for side dishes. Yes, you could easily add chicken or shrimp to this and it would be delicious, but that will add to your prep time. Every Tuesday I go to my farmer’s market, pick up a ton of veggies, whatever looks good, then come home and mix and match them into endless combinations. I’m always full, my body feels great, and my energy levels stay up throughout the day. I can’t ask for more.