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Recipe: Spicy Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

I don’t discriminate against any type of fast food – I think there’s a time and place for everything.  However, in my opinion, most Chinese Takeout is oily and bland.  It’s not even that comforting – and when you can’t tell a difference between Cashew Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken, it’s a bad sign.

The thing is though; I really enjoy the flavors of good Chinese food.  This is an easy recipe for a versatile stir fry.  It’s surprisingly healthy as compared to most Chinese food because there is significantly less oil than traditional wok stir-fries. 

So, this week, in celebration of the 2012 Chinese New Year, here’s a spicy homage to the year of the dragon.

Spicy Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Sirracha (or crushed red pepper) – or to taste!
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ head Napa Cabbage or bok choy, shredded or roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, shitake or maitake, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine, champagne, or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

In a wok or large frying pan over low-medium heat, gently sauté the oil, garlic, and Sirracha for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.  Increase the heat to medium and add the ginger, cabbage, bell pepper and mushrooms. 

While the vegetables cook (about 3 minutes, total), splash vinegar into the pan and stir.  Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage softens.  Remove the cover, turn heat up to medium-high and add the sugar and scallions. Stirring constantly, add the soy sauce and sauté until the liquid has evaporated, about 3-5 minutes.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top before serving.

93 calories ∣ 32 calories from fat ∣ 4 g fat ∣ 1 g saturated fat ∣ 14 g carbs ∣ 5 g fiber ∣ 3 g protein ∣ Good source of vitamins A, C, K ∣ Folate

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