Cooking your own meals has various perks. When you cook meals for your family on your own, you have the choice to choose recipes and ingredients that are healthier.
If you are looking for dishes that you can learn how to cook yourself, you should consider the Asian stir fry. If you are capable of making a basic stir fry, you will be primed to make many other Asian vegetarian recipes to make for some exciting evenings.
A stir fry is a fast and easy way to fry small pieces of food items in a wok or a frying pan. As the name suggests, the food is stirred constantly when it is being cooked. You can prepare different veggies, chicken, meat, and seafood with a stir fry. Not only are stir fries quick and easy to make, but they are healthy, too. Frying vegetables results in a crisper taste that retains more nutrients compared to being boiled. Also, since stir fries do not require much oil, the amount of fat is fairly low.
To make a stir fry of your own, get your frying pan or wok. A wok is a bowl-shaped pan that is more authentic for this meal. You will also need either a large spoon or spatula to help stir the ingredients.
Second, you will need an oil. Because a stir fry is to be cooked at a high temperature, you will need an oil with a high point of smoking. This means that the oil will not create smoke or give off a smoky flavor. Examples of oils with a high point of smoking include soybean, sunflower, corn, canola, peanut, and safflower oil.
If you opt to choose olive oil, go with a refined or pure oil. Do not fry in a hemp or flax oil, since they can smoke at as low temperatures as 100 degrees Celsius.
Once the oil gets hot enough, you can throw in your favorite meat to the pan or wok; either chicken, pork, or beef. Asian vegetarian recipes can call for tofu, salmon, or shrimp in place of one of these meats. The meat should be chopped into strips so that it is evenly and promptly cooked. Once it gets cooked, remove it from the heat to prevent charring. To make sure that your meat is cooked to the right internal temperature, use a thermometer.
Next, add in your vegetables. Vegetables that you can add include broccoli, corn, carrots, mushrooms, celery, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers, and bok choy. If you are cooking with a wok, you will also need to include garlic. Cook all vegetables until crispy.
For extra flavor, there are one of many sauces that you can include, and they are high in sodium, as well. For instance, soy sauce has over a thousand milligrams of sodium per tablespoon. Healthier substitutes for soy sauce can include oregano, citrus zest, cumin, cardamom, basil, lemongrass, and cilantro.
Be careful of sauces that include “25 percent less salt”. They can still be fairly-high in sodium. A soy sauce, for instance that has 25 percent less sodium can still have 750 milligrams of sodium a tablespoon. In recipes that call for soy sauce, replace half of the sodium you need with either wine vinegar, rice vinegar, or balsamic.
To complete the stir fry, serve it on top of either brown rice, quinoa, or noodles that are made out of whole grain.
Stir fries are fast and healthy dishes that come in many different variations. With all the right ingredients, you can enjoy a healthy, hearty, and custom dish in no time.