Sesame Honey Ginger Pineapple Vegetarian Stir Fry

Healthy Caramelized Cashew Vegetarian Stir Fry – in your mouth in about 30 minutes! Sweet, tangy, ginger stir fried vegetables and pineapple with the sweet and nutty crunch of caramelized cashews – a super easy weeknight meal!

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Every Friday night, we have a “leftover meal,” where we create a meal with whatever we have in a pantry/fridge. It such an awesome way to make sure we use up everything we have before making another grocery run. Funny thing is, those meals are most often my favorite.

Stir-frys are my favorite way to “clean out the fridge” when we have lots of leftover veggies because I almost always have the ingredients to make my favorite stir fry sauce.

It’s a super simple sauce and calls for ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry too: vegetable broth, soy sauce, cooking sherry, honey, minced garlic, grated ginger (I buy the jarred kind and keep it in the fridge – same thing with garlic!), corn starch, and sesame oil.

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This recipe is our favorite stir fry kicked up with fresh ginger, pineapple juice, toasted sesame seeds, and caramelized cashews.

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There is so much going on in this stir fry. So much amazing flavor and colors. I’m obsessed.

We start out with the caramelized cashews, which is basically cashews sauteed in a little bit of the stir fry sauce until the sauce caramelizes around the cashews and gives them the most glorious toasted flavor with an asian kick. Those then get set aside until the end.

Next up is the veggies. We used broccoli florets, carrots, red bell peppers, zucchini, bok choy, and pineapple.

The zucchini is the summer produce star of this dish. I’ve never made a stir fry with zucchini, but upon my first bite I fell in love. Between the crunchy carrots, the caramelized bell peppers, the sweet pineapple, and the silky zucchini… this veggie combination is a major win.

Then the sauce. Oh my, the sauce. It packs in some serious flavor and caramelizes around the veggies in the most wonderful way. This dish makes eating veggies feel like a privilege.

To assemble, start out with cooked rice, then veggies, caramelized cashews, and toasted sesame seeds. So. dang. good.

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The best part of all? It comes together in about 30 minutes. You can cut down on the time even more by chopping the veggies ahead of time.

You could also add some chicken if that’s your thing, but it’s definitely not needed. Either way – this is sure to be a new family favorite meal.

Sesame Honey Pineapple Ginger Vegetarian Stir Fry

Healthy Caramelized Cashew Vegetarian Stir Fry – in your mouth in about 30 minutes! Sweet, tangy, ginger stir fried vegetables and pineapple with the sweet and nutty crunch of caramelized cashews – a super easy weeknight meal!

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

For the Stir Fry:

  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, then use the peeler and continue peeling the carrot into long strips
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 1½ teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 4 baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • For serving: White Rice, thinly sliced green onions, and toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Cook rice for serving, if desired.
  2. In a bowl or large glass measuring cup combine the ingredients for the sauce. Whisk together the vegetable broth, pineapple juice, soy sauce, cooking sherry, honey, ginger, garlic, cornstarch, and sesame oil.
  3. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and once hot add the cashews along with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the cashews are lightly toasted and caramelized. Remove the cashews to a plate.
  4. Add the broccoli, carrots, peppers, and cornstarch to skillet. Stir fry the veggies for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, bok choy, and pineapple and stir fry for 5-10 more minutes. Add the sauce and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the veggies and the pineapple is beginning to caramelize, about 3 minutes.
  5. Place rice in a bowl and top with veggies. Sprinkle caramelized cashews, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds over top. Serve immediately.