When it comes to cooking, sometimes you just don’t have time to make something savory and healthy. Or so you think. Stir-fries are the perfect quick, easy, fridge-cleaning meals, and they can be super healthy, too, so long as you opt for the right ingredients. To keep the calorie count down and your satisfaction up, try out these six delicious stir-fry recipes under 300 calories. You’ll save time, please your palate and stay full for longer all without the guilt of typical oily, saucy, sodium-rich recipes that can cause you to feel some unpleasant repercussions like bloating and heartburn.
- Asian Stir-Fry Quinoa Bowl (283 calories)
Rather than rice, this nutritious stir-fry opts for protein-packed quinoa. And offering a vibrant array of ingredients like shiitake mushrooms caps, green onions, fresh ginger, red bell pepper, cabbage and cilantro, you’ll get a healthy mixture of vitamins and fiber all in one meal
- Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry (216 calories)Cauliflower has quickly become a hot vegetable on food and health enthusiasts’ lists alike, as it’s not only incredibly delicious, but provides a starch-like consistency that makes it perfect for swapping out bready ingredients like rice. This recipe has a simple list of fresh and good-for-you foods that make it easy to make in no time. You simply roast the cauliflower and then quickly stir-fry it with some onions, garlic, chili, ginger and scallions. If you still want rice, it pairs with it perfectly.
- Stir-Fried Ginger Shrimp (192 calories)
Not only is shrimp a great source of protein, but it’s also rich in nutrients like selenium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, too. This stir-fry’s peppery flavor of ginger works well with the spiciness of the chile paste and the sweetness of the rice wine. To make it a complete meal, you can pair with jasmine rice or opt for quinoa to add even more protein to the mix.
- Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers (209 calories)
This quick recipe utilizes frozen produce like a mix of sliced bell peppers and pineapple chunks, but if you have fresh options on hand, by all means, throw them in! The basic seasonings provide a bold taste, while the hot sauce adds a touch of heat and tang to round things out. The chicken breast will give you plenty of protein and fill you up as well.
Miso-Marinated Tofu and Eggplant Over Soba Noodles (202 calories)
Packed with traditional Japanese flavors, this low-calorie stir-fry recipe is loaded with heart-healthy fiber, protein and vitamins. Featuring a variety of delicious ingredients like extra-firm tofu, eggplant, lime juice, cabbage, soba noodles and scallions, both vegetarians and meat-eaters will find this meal pleasing to the palate.
- Garlic Turkey-Broccoli Stir-Fry (262 calories)
Packed with 12 grams of iron to keep your immune system going strong, this savory dish features sesame oil, which adds a rich depth of flavor. Turkey tenderloin, crushed red pepper, red bell pepper, broccoli and water chestnuts make this a well-rounded and filling meal you’ll enjoy time and time again.
These are awesome choices to help minimize your caloric intake.
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