This vibrant sticky stir-fried veggies in orange sauce is a great way to add more veggies to your diet! Easy to make, full of flavors and vegetable goodness. Serve it with steamed brown rice for a great dinner.
If vegetables are your life, try these delectable and vibrant stir-fried veggies in orange sauce. It’s full of healthy ingredients, quick to make, and ideal for weeknights when you’re pressed for time.
Nourishing vegetables are coated in a delightfully thick, sticky, sweet, and spicy orange sauce that’s perfect flavor magic.
Make this week’s awesome recipe by combining your favorite vegetables for a delicious meal that your family will enjoy.
Eat Plenty Of Veggies Every day!
A healthy diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, but variety is just as essential as quantity. The nutrients you require to be healthy are not found in any one fruit or veggie.
The majority of health experts advise eating veggies every day because they are low in calories yet high in nutrients, all of which bring several health benefits to the body.
Dietary fiber, a type of carbohydrate that helps move food through the digestive system, is present in vegetables in reasonable amounts. According to studies, fiber may also increase the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, which may increase your level of energy throughout the day. Fiber is also essential for optimum digestion and for diabetics.
Vegetables are a good source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which benefit your health by combating inflammation and chronic diseases.
Vegetables are also good for your heart health, reduce blood pressure, and improve your skin as well.
So let’s start making a filling but nutritious, gluten-free, low-carb stir fry.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredient amounts and instructions. But I suggest not missing out on reading the important information included in the blurb.
What’s Special In This Recipe?
- It’s vegan.
- It’s a quick and easy dish that can be prepared in under 20 minutes (After the vegetables are prepared, this stir fry takes just ten minutes to cook).
- All the ingredients are readily available. There’ll be no fuss!
- A great way to use all those veggies lying in your fridge for quite a long.
- It is bursting with sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
- This vibrant sticky saucy dish is a staple for winter dinners!
- You may make this stir fry however you like. You can change or add more vegetables, protein, or sauces you like.
- These stir-fried veggies keep well in the refrigerator for a week so this recipe is perfect for meal preparation.
- This delicious dish is perfect for family dinners or parties.
- It is healthy!
I’m sure now you want to try this stir-fried veggies in orange sauce recipe without any hesitation!
You only need the following ingredients:
- Mixed veggies – Chop up any vegetable you like (cabbage, cauliflower, zucchini, radish, carrots, bell peppers, French beans, scallions. A variety of vegetables provide a range of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
- Avocado Oil: A plant-based oil with a high smoke point and rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, which makes it ideal for high-heat cooking and adds a mild, buttery flavor to the dish.
- Garlic – I love the flavor of garlic, you can omit it if you don’t. A pungent bulb that adds a distinct flavor and aroma to the dish, and is known to have several health benefits such as reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and improving heart health.
- Onion – Yellow, red, or white onion whatever you like. A versatile vegetable that adds sweetness and flavor to the dish, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that promote overall health.
- Paprika – A ground spice made from dried sweet peppers, which adds a mild, smoky flavor and a reddish color to the dish.
- Salt –A mineral that enhances the flavor of the dish, and is essential for various bodily functions such as regulating fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle function. I normally use Himalayan pink salt, but you can use any salt you like.
For The Orange Sauce
- Orange juice – A citrus fruit juice that adds a tangy, sweet flavor and is rich in vitamin C, folate, and potassium, which support immune function, cell growth, and blood pressure regulation. I suggest using freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener made from the sap of maple trees, which adds a distinct, rich flavor and is a good source of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
- Soy Sauce: A fermented sauce made from soybeans, wheat, and salt, which adds a savory, umami flavor and is a rich source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Use tamari with a lower sodium content or Bragg’s liquid aminos for a gluten-free version. Use coconut aminos if soy-free.
- Cornstarch: A fine white powder made from corn that acts as a thickener in the sauce, and is gluten-free and low in calories.
- Sesame Oil: An aromatic oil made from toasted sesame seeds, which adds a nutty flavor and aroma to the dish and is rich in healthy fats and antioxidants.
- Ginger: A root spice that adds a pungent, slightly sweet flavor and aroma, and is known to have several health benefits such as reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and improving immunity.
- Sesame Seeds: Tiny, nutty seeds that add a crunchy texture and flavor to the dish, and are rich in healthy fats, protein, and minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Sesame seeds are a fantastic way to give your food a deep, nutty flavor and aroma!
How To Make Stir-Fried Veggies In Orange Sauce?
- In a wok, heat olive oil.
- Fry garlic and onions until fragrant.
- Add in all the chopped vegetables and fry for 3-4 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, mix all the sauces along with orange juice and spices.
Cook the orange sauce over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and starts to bubble, about 2-3 minutes.
Pour the orange sauce over the mixed vegetables and stir well to coat.
Serve the mixed vegetables in orange sauce hot with your favorite side dishes such as rice or noodles. Enjoy!
Serve it with steamed brown rice or fried rice. You can serve it with quinoa or on its own as a healthy feast with vegan yogurt! The earthy aromas of the spices are nicely contrasted and balanced with chilled vegan yogurt.
- Refrigerate: You can store the leftover stir fried veggies in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Freezer: I wouldn’t advise freezing it because I believe the thawed veggies will lose their flavor and texture. As this recipe is quite simple and quick so you don’t need to freeze it; make it fresh every time you want.
- Reheat: Serve after reheating in the microwave for a few minutes.
- Use a non-stick pan or wok for stir-frying to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom.
- Don’t slice the carrots and zucchini too thinly or too thickly.
- Add any veggies you like.
- Don’t overcook the veggies. There should be a crunch in them.
- You can adjust the spice level by adding some red pepper flakes, depending on your taste.
- Add some other dried Italian herbs for more flavor.
- Add a can of rinsed and drained beans or chickpeas for more nutrition.
- You may add tofu.
- You may add roasted nuts like almonds, cashews, or peanuts.
Other Stir-Fried Recipe To Try:
- Stir Fry Celery
- Stir-Fried Cabbage
- Tofu Stir Fry
- Eggplant Stir Fry
- Stir Fry Lotus Root
- Stir-Fried Burdock Root
- Vegan Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Best Vegetables For Stir-Frying?
- Quick-cooking vegetables like snow peas, green beans, asparagus, bok choy, yellow squash, zucchini, and bell peppers.
- Vegetables that take longer to cook: carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms
- Aromatics include yellow and red onions, garlic, shallots, and ginger root.
What To Add To Stir-Fry To Make It Taste Better?
To make your stir fry more tasty add:
- Spices: cumin, coriander, cardamom.
- Herbs: oregano, basil, cilantro.
- Lower-sodium soy sauces
- Reduced sodium or no sodium-added broth.
- 100% fresh orange juice
- Add fresh lemongrass, ginger, or garlic.
- Citrus zest.
Are Stir Fried Vegetables Healthy?
Stir-frying is not only quick and easy, but it is also good for you. It makes the veggies tender-crisp and keeps more of the nutrients than boiling. Since stir-frying only needs a little oil, the fat level is also low.
How Do You Stir Fry Vegetables Without Getting Soggy?
Here are five ways to make your stir-fries better and say goodbye to soggy vegetables:
- Follow the recipe as instructed.
- Cut vegetables into the right size.
- Before cooking, make sure your vegetables have been thoroughly washed and dried.
- Use the appropriate-sized pan or wok for the job.
- Before oiling your pan, make sure it is hot.
What Does Orange Sauce Taste Like?
Orange Sauce gives Chinese food that famous sweet-and-sour taste. It is similar to the sweet-and-sour sauce, but in place of pineapple juice, it contains just orange juice.
Which Oils Work the Best?
As stir-fries are made at high heat, make use of an oil with a high smoke point. Some well-liked options are:
- Avocado oil has a smoke point of around 520°F
- Olive oil that is light and refined (465°F)
- Safflower oil (510°F)
- Grapeseed oil (420°F)
Can This Stir Fry Be Made Earlier?
Yes, it can. But you should undercook the vegetable so it doesn’t get mushy when you heat it up again. Follow these meal prep tips for the best stir fry.
- Cut up all the veggies and put them in bowls. Cover each bowl and put it in the refrigerator.
- Squeeze out the juice and put it in the fridge covered.
- Get the orange sauce ready. Put it in a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to make it, just follow the steps as directed in the recipe and you can eat it in 10 minutes.
What Else You Can Serve With This Stir Fry Besides Rice?
If you can’t eat rice because of your diet, try one of these other ideas.
- Cauliflower rice
- Zoodles (noodles made from zucchini)
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Courses: Entrée, Lunch, Main Course
- Cuisine: American Chinese
- Energy: 153 kcal / 640 kJ
- Fat: 2.7 g
- Protein: 3.6 g
- Carbs: 31 g
- Preparation: 20 min
- Cooking: 10 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- For: 4 servings
- 4 cups mixed vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, zucchini, radish, carrots, bell peppers, french beans), chopped
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- For The Orange Sauce:
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 green onion chopped
- In a large skillet or wok, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the garlic and onion, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the mixed vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened but still crunchy.
- Sprinkle the paprika and salt over the vegetables, and stir well to combine.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the vegetables cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are tender but still retain their crunch.
- Meanwhile, prepare the orange sauce. In a small saucepan, whisk together the orange juice, maple syrup, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, grated ginger, and sesame seeds until smooth.
- Cook the orange sauce over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and starts to bubble, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the orange sauce over the mixed vegetables and stir well to coat.
- Serve the mixed vegetables in orange sauce hot with your favorite side dishes such as rice or noodles. Enjoy!
Great article,it’s very easy for to eat plenty of veggies everyday, thank you