Since Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972, the once-exotic stir-fry has trickled down to food courts in nearly every shopping mall in America.
Sadly, assimilation has its price.
Although stir-frying has long been revered as a technique that cooks food crisp-tender in a minimal amount of fat, fast-food versions of this dish typically arrive at the table soggy and swimming in a pool of oil. Reasonable portions and a traditionally low meat-to-vegetable ratio are quickly thrown out of balance. And sauces that were once simply sumptuous are transformed into something either cloyingly sweet or loaded with sodium.
What is the best way to control all these factors and still enjoy a healthy stir-fry dish? Make your own, of course. Walk right past the prepackaged stir-fry meal kits in the freezer aisle and go for fresh ingredients instead.
The Star’s Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry offers plenty of nutrition with a modest amount of lean meat and loads of fresh vegetables high in vitamins and antioxidants.
Worried about the prep work? The key to stir-fry success is to prep all the ingredients ahead of time so the actual cooking takes mere minutes. Bonus: Meditative-minded cooks can use the calming, repetitive motion of chopping to relax and unwind in the comfort of their kitchens — no squirrelly teens with boom boxes, unless you invite them.