There are many stir fry vegetables recipes online but they seem more complicated than they need to be (unless I’m just not picky enough about how stir fry vegetables is supposed to taste). The main thing the be concerned with is sodium / salt. You typically add soy sauce to the vegetables but unless you get low sodium soy sauce, the sauce will be already salty so you don’t need to add salt to the vegetables.
For the ingredients, all you need is a stir fry vegetable blend (I get mine from Costco) and soy sauce.
I sometimes add chicken to if I want to add protein.
To make the dish look colorful, I like to add one red bell pepper chopped into bite-size pieces.
You don’t need to defrost the vegetables. Just get a wok, put in some olive oil, wait a bit for the wok to heat up, throw on some frozen veggies, and toss periodically.
Once the veggies are soft, pour on some soy sauce and toss periodically again. the picture below shows it with chicken. If you want a darker look, add dark soy sauce. Dark soy sauce is less salty than regular soy sauce. After a while, give it a taste to see if it needs more soy sauce or not. If not, you’re done.
The soy sauce is only 15 calories / tbsp.
UPDATE: I tried some other recipes that call for a mix of various sauces and I think it did taste better BUT it come with a lot more calories to the all the sugar in Hoisin sauce. If you don’t care about calories, then try this recipe for the sauce instead:
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce (90 calories)
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp black vinegar splash of toasted sesame oil
If you do care about calories, omit the Hoisin sauce.
Beef Instead of Chicken
If you prefer beef, you can add precooked, pre-sliced beef sirloin (available at Costco).
Or, to get more for your money, you can buy pre-marinated tri-top (available at Costco).
I tried this out and it came out great. Just preheat an over to 375 (convection bake), stick in a thermometer and set the target temperature to 135. When it’s done, your oven will (should) beep. Take it out and leave for 10 minutes.
Then just add to your veggies.
Costco also sells frozen fire-roasted vegetables as well.
This was good but the vegetables were smaller and I didn’t care for some of the vegetables. Nevertheless, it was still very good. In the pic below, I added yellow bell pepper.
If you are on the Keto diet and want to limit carb intake, then here’s a modification of the recipe above.
For the vegetables, use Kirkland Normandy vegetables.
Since this vegetable medley isn’t carb free, you can mix it with Shirataki / Konjac rice (0 net carbs) or riced cauliflower (low carbs) to add bulk to your meal.
For the soy sauce, all you need is Lee Kum Kee Supreme Soy Sauce. It’s got 0 carbs.
For protein, I prefer pre-grilled chicken breast from Costco.
Below is a picture with riced cauliflower.
To simplify cooking, mix the frozen vegetables and refrigerated chicken breast in a covered microwaveable bowl (leaving a small opening in the cover) and heat for 4 minutes. Then transfer to a pan and cook with olive oil. When almost done, add the soy sauce.
Though you can find baklava all over the world including in the US and the Middle East, I find that the best baklava is Turkish baklava. This should come as no surprise as you will find baklava shops on almost every street in Istanbul and probably all over Turkey. Since a main ingredient in baklava is pistachio, and the center of pistachio cultivation in Turkey is in the city of Gaziantep, some consider Gaziantep baklava to be the best. In 2013, Gaziantep baklava became the first Turkish product with a European protected designation of origin and geographical indication.
According to the Lonely Planet guide book on Istanbul, following are some of the best baklava shops there.
Karaköy Güllüoğlu Karaköy, Rıhtım Cad. Katlı Otopark Altı No: 3-4 Istanbul / Turkey T: +90 212 293 09 10
Köşkeroğlu Restaurant Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi, No 2/D, Beyoğlu, Istanbul – Tel: 0212 245 35 14
Kaşıbeyaz Baklava Nispetiye Mahallesi, Aytar Caddesi, No 31/C, Beşiktaş, İstanbul – Tel: 0212 281 10 50
Emiroğlu Baklavacısı Murat Reis Mahallesi, Nuh Kuyusu Caddesi, No 289/A, Üsküdar, İstanbul – Tel: 0216 334 58 26
Hacı Bozan Oğulları Bahçelievler Mahallesi, İzzettin Çalışlar Caddesi, No 13, Bahçelievler, Istanbul – Tel: 0212 575 49 49
Gaziantep Baklavacısı Küçükyalı Merkez Merkez Mahallesi, Rüştü Sarp Caddesi, No 25/A, Maltepe, Istanbul – Tel: 0216 417 71 20
Gaziantepli Altınoğlu Baklavaları Kadirga Liman Cad. 17, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey
I have personally tried Emiroğlu baklava and can confirm that it is one of the best. It’s got just the right amount of moisture unlike some other baklava which are too dry or wet.
One baklava shop you will most likely see in Istanbul is Hakkizade Hafiz Mustafa 1864. Their baklava is good but a bit too dry for my taste. Emiroglu is better.
While unit is preheating, pat steaks with paper towel to remove oils, rub canola oil over steaks and sprinkle on salt and pepper
Insert thermometer from the side into thickest part of steak
When unit beeps, add the steaks
When unit beeps again, flip steaks
When unit beeps again, remove steaks and allow to rest for 5 minutes
Grilled Barbecue Chicken Legs
Chicken legs or breast
Kinders Mild BBQ Sauce
Push Grill button
Set temperature to “MED”
Set time to 25 minutes
While unit is preheating, rub canola oil over chicken and sprinkle on salt and pepper
When unit beeps, add chicken and set timer for 10 minutes
After 10 minutes, flip chicken and set timer for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes, liberally baste both sides of chicken with bbq sauce then set timer for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes, repeat previous step and cook for another 2 minutes.
If internal temperature is below 160 F, keep cooking until it reaches 160 F.
When internal temperature reaches 160 F, remove chicken and let rest for 5 minutes
Air Fried Chicken Legs
6 chicken legs
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbs vegetable oil
Add all dry ingredients to a large zip top bag and shake to mix well.
Massage oil on each chicken leg
Add all chicken to bag and shake until all chicken is coated
Let chicken marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The longer the better. Overnight is best!
Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380 degrees (F). Add chicken to air fryer and use “air fry” setting at 380 degrees (F) for 18-20 minutes, turning chicken halfway through. Internal temperature of chicken should be at least 165 degrees (F).
So, I just got the Ninja Foodi Smart Indoor Grill which doubles as an air fryer and mini oven. I have another cheaper indoor grill but tends to produce smoke and always trigger my smoke sensor. So far, though the Ninja grill is larger, it hasn’t emitted any smoke nor trigger my smoke sensor and produces better grill results.
Here’s how to make steak using it.
Ingredients for Marinade
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp minced garlic (wet or dry)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
Get your steak (minimum 1″ thick and preferably from Costco). Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour into a large ziploc bag. Put steak in bag, turn a few times and let marinate for 1 to 8 hours.
Insert thermometer into middle of side of steak such that the tip is at the center of the thickest part.
Turn on Ninja grill by pushing the grill button.
Click the left up/down arrows to choose a doneness level. I like medium rare.
Push the thermometer / preset button to start preheat phase
When preheating is done, it will beep and tell you do insert the steak. Do so.
Some time later, it will beep and tell you to flip the steak. Do so, preferably using silicone-tipped tongs.
Some time later, it will be and tell you to get the steak out. Do so and wait 5 minutes before enjoying.
Grill Vegetables (optional)
To complement the steak, you can grill some vegetables in the Ninja grill also. Here are the veggies that grill well.
Cut vegetable in half or in slices.
Remove spicy seeds from peppers.
Slather with / baste in oil.
Sprinkle coarse salt and pepper.
Turn on Ninja grill
Push grill button
Push right up/down to set the time to 6 minutes
Push thermometer / preset button twice to skip preheating