Orange Vegetable Stir Fry is a simple and delicious side dish recipe. It has that pop of orange flavor that makes all the vegetables come alive. It can also be a main meal if you add chicken or beef!
Orange Vegetable Stir Fry: because sometimes you need a twist on an old favorite.
Okay, those of you who read Baking With Mom regularly, know I like simple recipes. In fact, a motto around here is Simple Recipes for Busy Families. Recipes do not have to be difficult or lots of ingredients to be good. It just doesn't.
In fact, just the other day, I threw together a hamburger tortellini soup that was delightful and there was about 4 ingredients in it. It was raved about by my family.
This stir fry recipe starts with store bought veggies, put on top of a bed of rice and had a twist of flavor to it. It is a great side dish or meatless main dish. If you want it to be a main dish with meat, add grilled chicken or steak.
See Also: Cheesy Buttered Noodles for another meatless side dish.
Oh, that would be delicious.
If you want a side dish or a meatless Monday dish, this is the one for you. Vegetables are so filling and healthy. I often tell my husband that vegetables and rice fill me up completely and I don't even need bread, sweets, whatever to make me feel full.
It is truly mind over matter. I think I need something else to feel full, but I don't. Then the next morning and I step on the scale and voila. A happy person, right there.
Of course, if you have a sweet attack, try No Bake Candy Bar Cheesecake Squares. You won't be sorry. ;-)
Do you just add orange juice to the vegetables?
As I was frying up the vegetables in my frying pan, I knew I wanted a twist to the regular soy sauce ingredients. I looked around my kitchen and spied some oranges.
I cut an orange in half and I squeezed the sweet orange goodness onto the vegetables. Oh the aroma. Oh the orange color. Delicious.
It paired nicely with the vegetables and I had a twist to the regular soy sauce. If you don't have oranges handy but do have orange juice available, it will work. I would use about 3-4 Tablespoons of orange juice. Fresh oranges are always better, but orange juice will work.
What about orange zest?
If you are a zester, go for it! I would add a tablespoon of orange zest to the recipe. It would add a stronger pop of flavor. If you don't have a zester and would like one, here is a good one for you to try.
Orange Vegetable Stir Fry
- 1 bag stir fry vegetables , broccoli, snap peas, carrots, etc
- 1 cup rice , cooked according to package directions
- 1 orange , cut in half
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- Olive Oil
- Drizzle 2 Tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan
- Heat on medium heat for 1 minute then add vegetables
- Add soy sauce and squeeze juice from orange, right into pan
- Cook and stir until desired doneness (about 5-6 minutes)
- While cooking stir fry, cook rice according to package directions
- Add cooked chicken or beef if desired
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