When you want something really comforting, a dish you can use all your favorite veggies in, and that really satisfy your cravings – stir-fries are what you need! We want to show you all the ways the Asian dish, either you want it totally oil-free, with sauteed mushrooms, or maybe some deep fried tofu for extra protein. Here’s the ultimate guide to Asian stir-fry with recipes from our Food Monster App!

1. How to Make Stir-Fry – No Oil Necessary!

Adding oil to stir-fry does not have to be obligatory; it is possible not to use oil in food preparation. In fact, oil (which is not a health food or whole food) usually just adds fat and calories to the final dish. Registered Dietician Julieanna Hever states, “Contrary to popular thought, oil is not a health food. Oil is 100 percent fat, contains 120 calories per tablespoon, and is nutrient-poor and calorie-rich. Although there are small amounts of a few nutrients present in some oils, there is no health benefit from consuming them. Minimizing or eliminating oils is an easy way to cut calories and excess fat from the diet.” Therefore, making stir-fry without oil when possible is the way to go. Here’s How to Make Stir-Fry – No Oil Necessary!


2. Shiitake Mushrooms, an Earthy Mushroom Perfect For Soups, Stir-Frys, and as a Healthier Alternative to Bacon!

Did you know that there are over 10,000 types of mushrooms? While most mushrooms are inedible, meaning they are too tough or poisonous to eat, there is still a large variety of edible mushrooms for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, in most grocery stores, there are only a few that we are familiar with: White Button, Portobello, and Baby Bella or Cremini, which are actually just young Portobellos. Recently, however, you may have noticed a wider variety of mushrooms in your grocery store, like Maitake, EnokiPorciniOysterChicken of the Woods, and Shiitake — the mushroom we want to talk about today. Here’s the guide to Shiitake Mushrooms, an Earthy Mushroom Perfect For Soups, Stir-Frys, and as a Healthier Alternative to Bacon!

3. 7 Ways to Avoid Oil and Cook Delicious Tofu and Stir-Fry7 Ways to Cook Delicious Tofu and Stir-fry Oil-Free

Whether or not oil is healthy at all has been up for debate. Oils aren’t whole foods, and they come heavily processed, so even avocado, coconut and flax oil may not be doing much good in our bodies. Cutting down or eliminating oil can be necessary for health concerns, or a dietary choice for health or weight loss. The good news is it’s not that difficult to keep tofu and stir-fry tasting great (and not burnt!) while opting to leave out the oil. I used to use too much oil in everything, and while I’m not one hundred percent oil-free now, the days and weeks without it feel better, and they have gotten much easier over time. Even finding a way to make a little oil go further will work wonders. Veggies, tofu, and tempeh have so much water of their own that one tablespoon of oil and some salt to help release the water can suffice for a whole pot. Here are 7 Ways to Avoid Oil and Cook Delicious Tofu and Stir-Fry.

4. Secrets to Sautéing and Stir-Frying Veggies Chinese StyleBroccoli Manchurian

Confession: I crave Chinese food constantly. That’s probably because there is nowhere to get it near me. Back in the city, Chinese food was everywhere and it was what I ate when I didn’t know what else to eat. It was my faithful stand-by, always open, always there for me. Now, it pains me to watch TV and see characters getting big bags of Chinese delivery at the door or sitting around a feast of cartons with chopsticks sticking out of them. Ok, now I’m hungry for Chinese again. Here are the Secrets to Sautéing and Stir-Frying Veggies Chinese Style.

5. How to Stir-fry Veggies Chinese-StyleSpike Up Your Meals With These Chinese Spices

Do you need a fast meal that’s full of flavor? Stir-frying is your answer, and here’s How to Stir-fry Veggies Chinese-Style. The beauty of cooking your veggies Chinese-style is all in the stirring, the high heat, and the distinct Chinese flavors. The heat locks in the flavor and the stirring ensures that your vegetables stay tasty, crisp and colorful. One mistake people make when cooking Chinese food is the amount of oil they use. It seems that the high heat encourages us to pour in more oil. Instead of being put to use, the excess oil leaves our veggies drenched and overpowered by greasiness.


6. How to Make Delicious Stir-Fry Vegetables in 7 Easy Steps5 Ways to Make Awesome Meatless Stir-Fries

Stir-frying is a quick and easy way to cook vegetables and play around with spices and flavor. This cooking technique allows you to create many variations of healthy, plant-based meals. You can choose recipes such as Indian Chinese Broccoli Manchurian Stir FryBitter Melon, Potato and Eggplant Indian-Style Stir Fry, or Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry with Garlic, Black Pepper and Chives. Check out How to Make Delicious Stir-Fry Vegetables in 7 Easy Steps!

7. 10 Creative Ideas to Stir-Fry and Sauté Spinach10 Flavorful Ways to Saute Spinach

Let us set the scene: you are standing in your kitchen trying to decide what to make for dinner. You’re tired and hungry. You want something fast and easy, and you have a big pile of fresh spinach courtesy of your CSA or local farmers’ market. The quickest thing to do, short of eating it raw, is to sauté the greens but you’ve already done that this week … twice. Here are 10 Creative Ideas to Stir-Fry and Sauté Spinach.

8. 6 Ways to Make Awesome Meatless Stir-Fries5 Ways to Make Awesome Meatless Stir-Fries

When it comes to whipping up some tasty plant-based food, the method of stir-frying comes in handy. Whether you choose rice or quinoa, frozen veggies or fresh, tofu or tempeh, oil or no oil, making a meatless stir-fry is easy and also fun. If you’re looking for a filling lunch that is easy to cook and doesn’t require several pots and pans, then stir-frying is your go-to method. For some ideas, here are some ways to make awesome meatless stir-fries. Check out these 6 Ways to Make Awesome Meatless Stir-Fries!

9. 15 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Stir-Friday

Have you ever celebrated Stir-Friday? If you haven’t, it’s a tradition worth getting into! For many of us, Friday symbolizes the end of the week and the beginning of our weekend, a time when we like to kick back, relax, and enjoy our leisure time. It’s also the time when many of us take it easy on the home cooking side of things and order takeout instead of spending a lot of time on prep work — after all, we deserve a little bit of a break from being (self-proclaimed) master chefs every now and then. Enjoy these 15 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Stir-Friday!


10. How to Master the Art of Making Amazing Stir-FriesHow to Master the Art of Making Amazing Stir-Fries

Stir-fries just may be the perfect dish — they’re fast, they’re easy, they’re totally forgiving, and you can use pretty much any ingredient you have to make them. All you need is a pan, tongs or a spatula, and vegetables; in no time at all, you have a meal that’s exotic, delicious, and satisfying. If you think you can’t make a stir-fry that’s as good as the ones in restaurants, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. Here are my tips on how to make amazing stir-fries at home. Check out How to Master the Art of Making Amazing Stir-Fries.

Really into Asian dishes? Here are 15 Vegan Versions of Your Favorite Saucy Asian Takeout Dishes from our Food Monster App!

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