Low calorie, high nutrition stir fried vegetables.
Weight loss often conjours up thoughts of tasteless, mushy boiled vegetables when you are losing weight. Try these amazing stir fried vegetables to add delicious volume to your meals.
These taste so good and are quick to prepare. They will quickly become a go to for keeping the hunger at bay.
The secret to these vegetables is to part cook them in some water first. This steams and softens the vegetables. Then a quick flash fry in a little oil and garlic.
Use fresh or frozen vegetables – Frozen vegetables can be better than fresh
What you will need:
- Whole fine green beans
- Edamame beans
There is no set amount, cook up as much as you like.
These are my personal favorites, but you can add any combination of vegetables that you like.
I like to microwave my vegetables. The quicker you can cook your vegetables, the more nutrients will remain.
Place your vegetables in a microwave safe bowl, add a small amount of water (no need to submerge the vegetables) place a microwave cover or plate on top and set them to cook on full power for a few minutes. Stop every minute and stir to ensure they heat evenly.
When the vegetables are semi cooked, drain the water and set aside.
Place a small amount of oil in a large frying pan or wok. Don’t go overboard here, oil is high in calories, so a teaspoon is enough.
The pan needs to get to a medium high temperature. Chuck in a little piece of veg and if it sizzles you are good to go.
Place all the bigger vegetables in first, they will take longer to cook. Do not be scared about charring your vegetables, They will taste even better, so only stir them now and again.
Once the big vegetables are cooked, throw the smaller vegetables in, stir and leave them to cook.
While the vegetables are cooking, quickly chop up or crush a couple of cloves of garlic.
Just before you are ready to bring the vegetables off the heat, thrown in the garlic and stir so it doesn’t burn. The garlic doesn’t need long, so don’t cook for longer than a minute.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Keep an eye on the calories
These vegetables are so tasty, it’s easy to get carried away and eat them all the time. Remember you need to balance your macros and get a bit of protein in there too. Serve these as a main with some lean chicken, fish or soya. Nutrition: The basics for a healthy you.
The last time I shared this weight loss tool with a friend, they loved these so much, they ate them all the time. Two weeks later, they were asking for tips to increase their calorie intake because they had dropped two belt notches! Remember to keep it balanced!