Spring sesame ginger asparagus stir-fry
Sesame stir-fry sauce:
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 bundles medium-thick asparagus, stem ends trimmed, spears cut into 2-inch-lengths on the diagonal
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
8 scallions, sliced into 2-inch lengths
Makes 4 servings.
To make sauce: Dissolve the cornstarch in the water or broth. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
To make vegetables: Heat oil over high heat in a large saute pan or wok. Add the asparagus, red peppers and scallions. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauce and continue to stir-fry 4 minutes until asparagus is crisp-tender and a sauce forms and thickens in pan.
Steve's tip: If you add 1 pound cubed firm tofu as you stir-fry the asparagus, this becomes a protein-filled main dish. The Asian condiments can be found in supermarkets or Asian grocery stores. Serve with brown or basmati rice.
Per serving (without tofu): 133 calories, 49 percent calories from fat, 7 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, .24 milligram cholesterol, 14 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams total fiber, 7 grams total sugars, 11 grams net carbs, 4 grams protein, 291 milligrams sodium.
Per serving (with tofu): 228 calories, 49 percent calories from fat, 12 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, .24 milligram cholesterol, 17 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams total fiber, 7 grams total sugars, 12 grams net carbs, 14 grams protein, 295 milligrams sodium.
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