Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry

I love broccoli. It’s one of my favorite things to eat. Aside from cookies, of course.

Even if you’re not a big broccoli or vegetable lover, or if you have veggie-resistant family members, the stir fry is packed with so much flavor that everyone will forget how healthy it is and how many veggies they’re eating.

Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry - Skip takeout and make your own fast, easy, and healthy stir fry! Think of all the money and calories you'll save!!

The stir-fry reminds me of a dish I recently ate at out, except with way less salt, fat, grease, and it’s much more budget-friendly.

It’s vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with so many wonderful textures and amazing depth of flavor.

Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry - Skip takeout and make your own fast, easy, and healthy stir fry! Think of all the money and calories you'll save!!

There’s soft, tender, caramelized sweet Vidalia onions with a bit of garlic, steamed crisp-tender broccoli, chewy baby portobello mushrooms, and crispy red bell peppers. You can use the recipe as an excuse to clean out your produce drawer or pantry. There are so many vegetables that would well including sugar snap peas, snow peas, carrots, baby corn, bamboo shoots, or water chestnuts.

The vegetables are coated with a simple stir-together sauce made with apple cider vinegar, honey (use agave to keep vegan), ample fresh ginger, and white miso, also known as sweet or mellow miso.

Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry - Skip takeout and make your own fast, easy, and healthy stir fry! Think of all the money and calories you'll save!!

Miso is widely available in the refrigerated case of natural foods grocery stores, at my Trader Joe’s near the tofu and tempeh, and many mainstream stores. There are no substitutions for the unami flavor it creates. If you want to feel like this DIY stir fry is coming straight out of the kitchen of your favorite Asian restaurant, you need miso. Soy sauce or tamari may be substituted, but the final flavor of the dish isn’t the same.

If you want to add a protein like tofu, tempeh, edamame, chicken, or beef, feel free. I was so satisfied from all the vegetables and the salty-sweet, gingery sauce that everything is coated in, that I wouldn’t change a thing.

Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry - Skip takeout and make your own fast, easy, and healthy stir fry! Think of all the money and calories you'll save!!

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Skinny Broccoli and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry

Even if you’re not a big broccoli or vegetable lover, or if you have veggie-resistant family members, the stir fry is packed with so much flavor that everyone will forget how healthy it is and how many veggies they’re eating. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with so many wonderful textures and amazing depth of flavor. Use the recipe as an excuse to clean out your produce drawer or pantry and make vegetable substitutions or protein additions based on what you have and enjoy.

Yield: serves 2 generously, 4 modestly

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Stir Fry
  • 2 large/extra-large sweet Vidalia onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups lightly steamed broccoli (from about 1 small/medium stalk of broccoli; I use florets and stalk)
  • 1 cup sliced baby portobello or white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced small (from about 1/2 large red pepper)
  • up to 1 cup additional vegetables, optional (such as sugar snap peas, snow peas, carrots, baby corn, bamboo shoots, or water chestnuts)
  • up to 1 cup cooked protein, optional (such as seared tofu or tempeh chunks, steamed edamame, chicken, etc.)
  • bed of fresh kale or cooked rice for serving, optional
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave to keep vegan
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger (reduce if you're very sensitive to ginger)
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste (also know as sweet or mellow miso; I use reduced sodium. No substitutions for the flavor created and highly recommended, however reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari may be substituted)
  • generous pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste (add more if you prefer a spicier stir fry)
  • salt, to taste (will depend on preference and type of miso or soy sauce used)

Directions:

  1. Please note the recipe requires you to have moderately fast knife and chopping skills because you'll be chopping and slicing most of the ingredients while the onions caramelize, including stirring together the sauce. If you're newer or slower in the kitchen, I recommend chopping everything and making the sauce before beginning to caramelize the onions so you're not scrambling or stressed.
  2. Stir Fry - To a large non-stick skillet, well-seasoned cast iron skillet, or wok, add the onions, garlic, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil, and cook covered over high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until onions are caramelized and as browned, soft, and tender as desired. Stir mixture intermittently, especially towards the end of cooking, to ensure nothing burns.
  3. While onions are cooking, chop and steam the broccoli. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the broccoli, cover with water, cover bowl with plasticwrap, and cook on high power for 3 to 4 minutes, or until broccoli is crisp-tender; don't overcook. Drain and set aside.
  4. While broccoli steams and onions continue to caramelize, slice the mushrooms, peppers, prep any optional vegetables or protein you're using; set aside.
  5. Sauce - To a small bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine; set aside.
  6. After onions are caramelized, remove them from the skillet and place in a medium bowl; set aside.
  7. To the skillet (no need to wash it), add the mushrooms, peppers, optional additional vegetables, optional protein, the sauce, and allow mixture to simmer uncovered over high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly reduced.
  8. Add the onions, broccoli, stir to combine, and cook for about 1 minute, just enough to rewarm the onions and broccoli and coat with sauce.
  9. Taste and if you think it needs a splash of apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, etc., add to taste.
  10. Serve over a large handful of fresh kale (placing the hot stir fry on the kale allows it to wilt perfectly) or over a bed of rice. Stir fry is best warm and fresh, but leftovers will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days and I enjoy leftovers chilled.

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30 comments

  1. Very delicious I must remember to make this.

  2. I love dishes like this that allow you to use up all the veggies you have left, without having to make a pick pot of soup to use them up…I think my husband may even eat this if I add a chicken breast to his..thanks for a great recipe.

    • use up all the veggies you have left, without having to make a pick pot of soup to use them up <---- amen to that! It's been in the low 70s to high 80s the past month in San Diego and while I know most of the country is still freezing, it's so not soup weather here anymore! It's definitely spring and soups are off my radar for awhile!

  3. Wow. This is awesome. I really want to try the sauce! Now I have an excuse to go to Trader Joe’s after work today! As if I needed one. ;)
    By the way, made your yellow cake from last week over the weekend for my son’s birthday, and he loved it!

    • Thanks for making the yellow cake and glad he loved it!! Happy Bday to your son! We had a very, very belated small get together for my daughter’s bday this weekend. Sounds like we were both doing the bday thing :)

      Enjoy your TJs run!

  4. Averie – I usually make story fry a couple of times a month. It’s so filling and flavorful. In addition to the tastiness, it makes wonderful left-overs. I love that you make your own sauce. Awesome dish! I’m going to have to try it soon. :)

  5. I love anything with caramelized onions and I just have to try this sauce! I have a big  container of  barley miso (dark and bold) in the freezer. I don’t use it every week but you’re right–there really isn’t a substitute! This is on my radar for later in the week.

  6. I LOVE that you used Miso in here! It has such a unique flavor, and is so good in anything Asian! This stir fry has my Meatless Monday dinner ALL over it! Pinned!

  7. And again: I’m hungry. That would be exactly the right thing for me now. :) I guess I’m saving this for later. ♥ http://www.color-castles.com

  8. I love broccoli too! It’s the one vegetable I could eat every day. My family…not so much. This would be a great way to make them love it again, and I love that you used the vidalia onions!!

  9. Your photos have my stomach growling. I love how vibrant and colorful this stir fry looks. Huge vegetable fan right here! Love this!

  10. I love broccoli too! And it is my daughters favorite vegetable so we always look for more broccoli recipes! This looks like it would be good as a side too. I like that the sauce is so easy too! Sometimes stir fry sauces have so many ingredients it takes longer to make the sauce than the stir fry. Yummy!

  11. This looks too good for just veggies! So much color, and many textures, love it!

  12. I am lucky that we are all broccoli fans over her. This stir fry is so colorful! I could eat it every day!

  13. Oh, Averie! This is SO beautiful! I’m always all “GIVE ME ALL THE VEGGIES!” this time of year – I’ll definitely have to put this dish on my weekly lineup! Pinned!

  14. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! lately i’ve been on a health kick, a must do for this week!

  15. I would DEVOUR this!  Everything in there, is exactly everything I love!  this is the recipe you told me about, yes?

    I need it now, my stomach is SCREAMING.

  16. You know me…this is totally my kind of recipe!! So healthy & pinned!

  17. I like that it looks like something from an asian restaurnaunt but like you said, without all the grease and such…and without the guilt either. Very simple but very good. Well made.

  18. This looks delish. And stop being so shocked–I like veggies AND cookies, so there! But my son hates broccoli, darn him ….

  19. now that is what I call a stir-fry! WOW! It looks rich and yet light. I love it

  20. The sauce for this is so good–I love every element in it (I always like your dressings and sauces)! We had it for dinner last night and the leftovers are going on some kale for lunch today. I’m probably lucky Jon will eat any vegetable I put on his plate!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad you loved all the elements! I had a feeling you would :) And glad that you had enough for leftovers – love it when that happens!

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