side dishes

Asian-Style Cruciferous Stir-Fry

If you've been following us for a bit, you probably know that we look for 3 main factors when we bring you a recipe: 1) Nutrition. We obviously strive to provide the healthiest recipes we possibly can. 2) Taste. If it doesn't taste good, it's not worth your time. 3) Convenience. We're busy, you're busy... we're not full-time chefs, and you're probably not either (but if you are, send us some inspo!!). The less time you spend in the kitchen, the more free time you have - we know! 

This Asian-Style Stir-Fry hits all 3 of these factors, PLUS, you can get creative on your own and add a few ingredients to spice it up! We bring this to you as a delicious side dish, but feel free to throw a fried egg (or two) on top and have it for brunch. OR mix it up with some grilled chicken and you have a stir-fry salad... sort of. Here's how we do it: 

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage, kale, and Brussels Sprouts (note: you may buy this pre-shredded for convenience) 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds 
  • Sriracha sauce 

Directions:

  • Add olive oil to pan and turn on medium heat. Add minced garlic and allow to saute until it begins to brown. 
  • Add shredded vegetables. Leave alone for about 1 minute, as vegetables will shrink in heat. Use spatula to mix in pan, to prevent veggies from sticking. After about 3 minutes, add sesame oil and soy sauce. Continue to mix together for about another 3 minutes. Allow to cook until vegetables begin to brown. 
  • Add stir-fry to serving plate and top with Sesame seeds. May add optional dash of sriracha for extra spicy flavor! 

The Only Summer Salad You Need

This is the ultimate bright, colorful, delicious summer salad that you have been looking for! It is so simple yet offers the perfect mix of sweet and savory. If you need a pop of color with your summer BBQ spread, this is the way to do it. With all hues of red, this salad delivers a ton of lycopene - the antioxidant carotenoid that gives tomatoes and strawberries their bright red color. Studies suggest that lycopene may help prevent against prostate, lung, and stomach cancers. So all the more reason to feel great while enjoying this dish!

summer strawberry salad

Red Hot Summer Salad:

Ingredients (serves 4 as a side):

  • 1 container strawberries
  • 1 container cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction

Directions:

  1.  Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise
  2. Trim the stems off of the strawberries and cut into quarters
  3. Add tomatoes and strawberries into the serving bowl and mix with the balsamic reduction and balsamic vinaigrette until evenly spread
  4. Tear the mozzarella and add to the bowl
  5. Tear basil into pieces and add to bowl
  6. Mix and serve

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