Romance Cooks

Healthy Korean-Style Firecracker Stir-Fry – Leigh Ellwood

Want something that tastes like a real restaurant stir-fry, without the extra fat/calories?  Use Korean pepper paste, for a spicy kick and it makes a great sauce base for about 40 calories/TSP.

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Healthy Korean-Style Firecracker Stir-Fry

1 Chicken Breast  (you can substitute Tofu or go half Tofu/Chicken combo)
1c Broccoli Florets
1c French Green Beans halved
1c Roasted Brussels Sprouts halved
1/2c Baby Carrots
1 heaping TBL  Korean Pepper Paste (You can find this in an Asian Market)
2 TBL Lo Sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sugar (white or brown, doesn’t matter)
1 cup of cooked brown rice (cold works best)
Cooking Spray (like Pam or other brands)
Sriracha Sauce to taste (also found in Asian Markets)

Cut the chicken breast into small cubes about 1" square.  Heat pan or wok, with about 2 seconds spray of cooking spray oil.  Put in chicken, and baby carrots, turn occasionally.  When chicken looks near cooked add the remaining vegetables, toss.  Mix the pepper paste with about 3/4 cup of water until it’s dissolved.  Add soy sauce to the water/pepper paste mix. Pour into pan, make sure heat is high.  Continue to toss as vegetables become slightly tender.  Add the rice to the mix, toss.  Add water if it dries, 1/4 cup at a time.  When sauce is mostly evaporated and resembles a stir-fry consistency, sprinkle the sugar and black pepper, and toss lightly.  Serve.  Note that you can freely substitute other vegetables or meats in this dish.



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