Mushrooms, Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas Stir Fry

I love to use mushrooms as a meat substitute and this stir-fry certainly doesn’t lack for flavor. The asparagus and sugar snap peas give it a delightful crunch and the onions , mushrooms and summer squash add a nice texture.This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and a snap (pun intended) to prepare.
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Mushrooms, Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas-Stir Fry

Yield: 4-6 servings

½ lb. Crimini mushrooms ¼ inch slices
1 medium yellow squash cut lengthwise and sliced
1 bunch asparagus cut into 2 inch lengths
2 cups sugar snap peas
1/2 medium yellow onion julienne
6-7 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons gluten-free tamari
1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon corn starch

In a wok or heavy bottom saucepan, stir fry all vegetables, garlic and onions in coconut oil for about 4 minutes. Add coconut sugar and dust with cornstarch and stir fry for another minute. Serve.
Serving suggestion: Serve over cooked brown rice.

©2015 Aron Bradley

Thai Veggie Stir Fry

Our garden produced the eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, basil and cayenne peppers. The beautiful dragon beans were a gift from my good friend Mary Sue. I just love Summer veggies and this is a simple, easy stir fry recipe to honor those garden gifts. Gluten-free, low-fat and diabetic friendly.

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Thai Veggie Stir Fry

Yield: 4-6 servings

5 baby eggplant or 1 medium diced
1 medium zucchini cut lengthwise and sliced
4-5 red or cayenne chilies
2 medium carrots sliced
2 cups dragon or regular green beans sliced bite-sized
1 medium yellow onion julienne
1 crown of broccoli sliced bite-sized
1 – 2×2 inch chunk of fresh ginger minced
6-7 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoon organic coconut sugar
7 basil leaves chopped
1 tablespoon lemon grass paste
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon corn starch

In a wok or heavy bottom saucepan, stir fry all vegetables, basil, garlic, onions, ginger in coconut oil for about 4 minutes. Add fish sauce, coconut sugar and lemon grass paste. Dust with cornstarch and stir fry for another minute. Serve.

©2015 Aron Bradley

Thai Style Yellow Curry Vegetables

Our garden’s first harvest contained the green beans, jalapenos, zucchini and eggplant and was the inspiration for this recipe. I have posted a green and red Thai curry but not a yellow one. This is a very flavorful curry and totally vegan and gluten-free. If you have access to lemon grass, or lemon grass paste, 2 teaspoons of that would also be a nice addition.

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Thai Style Yellow Curry Vegetables

Yield: 4-6 servings

5 baby eggplant or 1 large diced
2 medium zucchini diced
1 red bell pepper diced
3 medium carrots sliced
1 shallot minced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 Yukon gold potatoes diced
2 cans coconut milk
2 jalapenos
2 cups green beans sliced
2 teaspoons ginger paste or one toe sized piece of fresh ginger minced
1 tablespoon salt or to taste
5 basil leaves chopped
2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon turmeric
2 teaspoons kaffir lime leaves powder

In a heavy bottom saucepan, sauté vegetables, garlic and shallots with coconut oil. Stir in coconut milk and all seasonings and reduce to a simmer. Simmer 20 minutes or until potato pieces are soft. Serving Suggestion: Serve over cooked jasmine rice and garnish with basil leaves.

©2015 Aron Bradley

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp

This is one of my favorite Thai dishes and is really easy to prepare. To keep the rice from being too moist, use a one to one ratio of water in your rice steamer. Assemble all ingredients before stir frying. This is great casual main dish entree or it also works well as a side. Gluten-free, low fat and delicious.

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp

Yield: 5 servings

12-13 oz., 16-20 shrimp P&D tail on
2 cups cooked, cold jasmine rice
½ large fresh pineapple cut into small wedges
1 red bell pepper small diced
½ red onion small diced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup whole roasted cashews
2 eggs
Optional: 1-2 teaspoons chili flakes depending on heat preference
Carve pineapple bowls for service.

Cook and cool jasmine rice, Chop shrimp saving some whole with tails on for garnish. Mix soy sauce, fish sauce and other seasonings and set aside. In a wok or sauté pan, stir fry shrimp, red peppers and onions till shrimp is cooked. Set aside. Crack 2 eggs into the wok and break the yolks. When almost cooked add the rice, stir fry then add sauce combination. Add pineapple and stir fry till heated. Add shrimp minus the whole garnish shrimp and cook for 30 seconds. Portion fried rice onto plates and garnish with interlocked shrimp and cashews as pictured.

2014 Aron David Bradley

Cashew Chicken Supreme

Most of us have had cashew chicken in Chinese restaurants and it was probably lots of chopped celery and onions, some carrots or peppers for color, and precious few chunks of chicken and cashews. Nothing to write home about. This recipe is supreme because it has tasty premium ingredients like white meat chicken, snow peas, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms and a generous portion of cashews. This recipe is gluten-free, low in fat, diabetic friendly and very nutritious.

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Cashew Chicken Supreme

Yield: 4 Generous Servings

2 cups marinated chicken*
1 ½ cups shiitake mushrooms
1 ½ cups asparagus cut on a bias
1 cup snow peas
1 cup julienne onions
1 cup carrots cut on a bias
1 cup roasted, salted cashews
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
2 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce
1 tablespoon agave syrup
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
*Marinated chicken recipe:
2 cups thinly sliced chicken breast, 1 whole egg, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt. Marinate in fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Prepare all your veggies and place in a bowl. Add tamari, agave and salt.
In a wok or sauté pan heat oil and add onions, garlic and marinated chicken stir fry for 2 minutes then add remaining ingredients adding cashews last. Portion and serve.

© 2014 Aron David Bradley

Asparagus Chicken w/ Oyster Mushrooms

This is a quick and easy stir fry. I used Philippine lemon infused fish sauce but any good quality fish sauce with a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice will do.

Be sure to use the most natural chicken breasts you can obtain and fresh oyster mushrooms. I added a Fresno chile for a mild kick. Use  more than one if you like it hotter. This recipe  is gluten free, diabetic friendly and low-fat .

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Asparagus Chicken w/ Oyster Mushrooms

Yield: 2 generous servings

2 chicken breast tenders sliced thin
1 bunch fresh asparagus spears cut into 2 inch lengths
¼ lb of fresh oyster mushrooms
1-2 fresh Fresno chilies 4 oz. julienne
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 tablespoon Philippine lemon infused fish sauce
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon stevia

NOTE: If you can’t find the lemon infused fish sauce just juice 1 Meyer or regular lemon and add it to 2 teaspoons of any fish sauce. Heat oil in a wok or sauté pan. Add garlic and chicken. Stir fry till chicken is nearly cooked then add the remaining ingredients and stir fry for another minute. If you want a sauce that clings you can add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Portion and serve

© 2013 Aron David Bradley

Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken

This dish with its fruity tang, savory notes and bright colors is especially appealing to kids (of all ages). If you are blessed in Summer with local apricots, by all means use them in this dish but my recipe takes advantage of something that is accessible year ’round, dried apricots. They also have a tang that adds to the overall flavor of the dish. If you use gluten-free ketchup this recipe is gluten-free and lower in fat than most sweet and sour Asian dishes. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken

Yield: 5 servings

1-1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 red, green and yellow bell pepper
6 oz. dried apricots
1 small yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons corn starch (1 for dusting the chicken)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Soak dried apricots in hot water for 1 hour. Cut chicken into 1-1/4 inch chunks. Dust chicken with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut peppers and onion into 1-1/4 inch chunks and set aside. Mix vinegar, honey, ketchup, tamari and cornstarch till cornstarch is dissolved. Heat oil in a wok at high heat till hot but not smoking and add the dusted chicken and garlic. Stir fry till chicken is cooked (160°) and beginning to brown and add drained apricots, peppers and onions. Stir fry adding the sauce mixture. Cook till sauce has thickened and cornstarch is incorporated (about 1-2 minutes) and serve.

© 2013 Aron David Bradley