Friday, October 18, 2013

Healthy Apple Stir Fry Sauce

I love to make stir fry for dinner.  We probably have it at least a few times a month.  There are thousands of ways to make stir fry, using various cuts of meat, vegetables, sauces, whether any or all of them are store-bought or homemade.  I don't think that I ever make a stir fry the same way twice, even if I follow a recipe.  It always seems to come out different.

I recently had a thought pop into my head regarding oil, sugar and apples.  Applesauce can be used as a substitute for oil in baking.  It's also a natural sweetener.  Some of my stir fry recipes use honey, brown sugar, and/or oil in the sauce ingredients.  In trying to figure out a way to make a healthy stir fry even healthier, I wondered if applesauce could be used as a substitute for honey/brown sugar/oil.  I figured it was worth a try.

I came up with the following stir fry sauce recipe and was VERY well-pleased with the result!  The whole family enjoyed dinner, and hubs was surprised when I told him that the secret ingredient was an apple.  I gave myself a mental pat on the back. :)

Note that this is a recipe for a sauce, not the stir fry itself.

Healthy Apple Stir Fry Sauce

1 apple, peeled, cored
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder

Place all ingredients into blender or Magic Bullet.  Chop/process until well-blended and apples are finely chopped.  Add sauce to your favorite stir fry recipe.

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