Hearty Pick: Asian-Style Stir Fry

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July 02, 2019
Hearty Pick: Asian-Style Stir Fry

With lots of vegetables and nuts, this heart-healthy vegan dish packs quite a nutritional punch. Plus, with so much flavor, you won’t miss the meat!

Yields: 3 or 4 servings


  • 12 oz. rice noodles
  • 4 heads of bok choy, white stems separated from the greens
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ red chile, sliced or chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • Sweet & Salty Cashews, chopped (see recipe below)

Sweet & Salty Cashews

  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1½ cups raw cashews


Cook the noodles in boiling water following the package instructions. When done, drain then rinse with cold water and let sit.

Chop the white stems of the bok choy and cook them in a wok over high heat with a splash of water, stirring constantly. After 3 to 4 minutes, add the garlic, chile and ginger and keep stirring. After a minute, add the noodles, bok choy greens and a splash of water if needed. Mix well until the noodles are warm (about two minutes), then add the soy sauce. Toss well.

Serve scattered with the chopped cashews. You can also drizzle with some toasted sesame oil, if you like.

To Make the Cashews

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup and soy sauce with the garlic powder and smoked paprika, if using. Place the cashews in a large bowl, pour over the sauce and mix well until thoroughly coated.

Transfer the cashews (leave the excess seasoning in the bowl) to the lined baking sheet, spread out evenly and roast in the oven for 3 minutes.

Remove the sheet, stir the nuts then return them to the oven and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them: They should turn light golden, but you don’t want to burn them.

Remove the nuts from the oven and allow to cool so they become crisp, then serve.

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