I am so excited to share with you my new Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe. There is nothing better than simple-to-make, flavor-packed meals like this one, Beauty. Loaded with beauty-boosting veggies, flavor and crunch, this will fill you up with all the good nutrients and positive energy.
Almost ten years ago I wrote a book called The Beauty Detox Foods. I hope you’ve had the opportunity to discover it. It covers 50 beauty foods that offer us some of the best nutrients to help us feel good and shine! These are foods that I live by and incorporate on a regular basis in my recipes. I am a huge advocate of eating beauty foods to help us transform our bodies. Foods like broccoli, ginger, cabbage, and mushrooms are just a few of these powerful gems that I am using in today’s recipe!
Here are some quick highlights worth mentioning that these wonderful ingredients offer. Broccoli nourishes your skin and your connective tissues. It has a high concentrate of folate, and iron. It’s also full of phytonutrients that do wonders for our aging bodies. Cabbage is rich in sulfur, which is good for healing wounds and detoxifying the body. It is also a good source of iodine, which is good for the thyroid and other endocrine glands. Mushrooms are an excellent source of vitamin D. They also contain selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. And lastly, let me not forget to mention ginger. This beautiful root has the power to elevate your metabolism and has immune-boosting properties. All of these vibrant ingredients are what make this Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe so amazing for your body.
Notes on Cashews
Let me give you some quick notes on cashews, Beauties. You will see that I don’t often create recipes that call for this nut. There are so many beautiful nuts to choose from, but every once in a while, I will rotate this one into the mix, as I’ve done with this Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe. When eating in moderation, raw nuts like cashews can be a great source of protein.
Since they are soft nuts, there is no need to stress if you don’t have time to soak or sprout these overnight. As always though, it can’t hurt you if you do! Sprouting your nuts and seeds is important to help reduce acid-forming in the body. Let me take a step back. The outer layer of nuts and seeds is an enzyme that protects them from germinating until the time is right. When we soak nuts and seeds, we actually break down that enzyme, making their nutrients more readily available.
It’s no surprise to hear, “you are what you eat”, Beauty. That holds true only if you can properly digest the nutrients from the food you consume. My Feel Good Digestive Enzymes effectively break down stubborn macronutrients in your food like protein, carbs and fat, which can reduce gas and bloating as well as improve nutrient absorption. Why spend more on healthy and organic food if your body doesn’t reap the benefits? Adding this digestive enzyme supplement to your daily practice helps to ensure you will get the most out of every meal and is essential to your digestive system and wellness.
Also, there is one other note on cashews I must mention. Be mindful that they are a calorically dense food, Beauties. Even though they are creamy and delightful, you don’t want to snack on loads of them in one sitting. They are best when balanced with veggies as with my Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe! I also like to remind everyone to always make sure to purchase high-quality, organic cashews.
Organic is Optimal
I hear many people ask why they should bother eating organic foods versus nonorganic. Beauties, let me tell you, it’s so important to understand the differences between organic foods and traditionally grown foods. Organic is your optimal choice always! Many of us have heard that commercial farmers use chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides on a large variety of their crops. Eating organic helps you reduce this toxic burden overload. None of us want that in our bodies. And if that isn’t reason enough, go organic because produce is more nutritious this way!
Do you know that studies are showing organic crops actually have a higher mineral content than their non-organic counterparts? It’s true, especially in terms of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. In one 2002 study by Rutgers University researchers found 87% more trace minerals than in organic produce versus commercially grown. Pretty wild, right?!
If you can’t buy all organic produce there still is hope. First, check out the EPA’s guidelines for the dirty dozen. Try to be sure to at least get organic produce for the top foods filled with pesticides. You will see that some of the ingredients used in this Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe are lower on this list. Secondly, for the products you can’t get organic, you can give them a good wash. Simply soak your produce for thirty minutes to an hour in a mixture of filtered water and apple cider vinegar. This can at lease help with reducing some of the pesticide residues.
The Crunch Craving
I also hear people ask why they crave salty foods. Some people might think that this is a sign that they need more salt in their lives. The reality is, many of us have a craving for crunchy foods that we are associating with a salty, crunchy fix. Though we need sodium to maintain our blood pressure, the majority of our society consumes way more salt than we really need. Desiring to chomp down on chips or pretzels may really be your mind’s way of telling you that there are other things going on.
For instance, I used to be a huge pretzel eater. I would binge eat an entire bag at once! I often found myself craving this crunchy snack when I was truly stressed out. When we are stressed, one of our easiest outlets to reach for is food. Crunching down into foods provides relief in our jaw muscles, if we are holding tension or frustration in our bodies. We can compare this to an idea like punching a wall if you are angry. When we have situations in our life that cause us to be angry, chomping down into crunchy foods can give us temporary relief.
So the next time you feel the need to crunch into a salty, not so healthy snack, stop for a second and check-in. Perhaps it might be better for you to take deep breaths and let go of any frustration. Try and recognize what might be bothering you. Maybe even do a yoga pose or two. Then if you are still feeling hungry, crunch on some veggie sticks until you have time to make yourself this Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe!
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The Simplicity of Stir-Fry
Making this Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry recipe is quite simple. Once you get this recipe down, I encourage you to try out other stir fry recipes as they are a great way to get in a variety of plant foods into your life.
For this recipe, all you need to do is start off by roasting your cashews in the oven. While those are cooking you will want to saute up your veggies in a large skillet. While they are cooking I like to pour in the liquid aminos and sesame seed oil so they soak in all the flavor. Then you simply add in your cashews to your veggie stir-fry, serve it up on your favorite plate and enjoy! So simple and so delicious – it’s time you give it a try!
Creamy Cashew Crunchy Veggie Stir-Fry
- 1 cup of raw cashews
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
- 1- inch of ginger freshly grated
- 1 leek thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot grated
- 2 cups of button mushrooms chopped
- ½ medium white cabbage thinly sliced
- 2 Tbs. Liquid Braggs aminos
- 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread raw cashews on a large tray and roast for 8 minutes, stirring nuts at the halfway mark.
- Remove the cashews from the oven and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium. Stir in fresh ginger and leeks and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add in broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and cabbage and cook for about 10 minutes, until cabbage is tender, and most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring frequently.
- Pour in the liquid aminos and sesame seed oil, and continue to cook for another minute or two, until evenly disbursed.
- Remove stir-fry from the heat and toss in roasted cashews.
- Serve on your favorite plate and enjoy!
I just made this and IT IS SO GOOD. I have never had “leek” before, but it really takes stir fry to the next level. I topped with lime and cilantro. Let’s just say, I am glad there are leftovers. Yummmm!
Also – I should mention I made this oil free, too! I just used coconut aminos. It was fantastic!
Yum, I’m so glad you liked it! And sounds like you made some delicious substitutions, Beauty! It’s such a great recipe to add into your weekly dinner rotation. Enjoy your leftovers 😉
Hi Kimberly. Making this stirfry tonight. Should I soak cashews before roasting? And in general…how long would you soak nuts and seeds for before consuming?
Hi Beauty! Since they are soft nuts, there is no need to stress if you don’t have time to soak or sprout these overnight. As always though, it can’t hurt you if you do! I typically soak the cashews from anywhere between 2 hours or overnight. Enjoy! xx
What would be a good substitute for the mushrooms? Thank you!
Hi Beauty! You could leave out the mushrooms altogether, and increase the amounts of broccoli or cabbage. If you want to replace it, I suggest trying out bell peppers as a delicious substitute! Let me know how it turns out for you. Happy cooking! xx
Can’t wait to try this tonight!!!
Enjoy, Beauty! Let me know how it turns out! xx
What is the calorie count and fat content of this dish? It sounds great but I tend to eat too many nuts.
Hi Beauty! I am actually not a big fan of counting calories, and would emphasize listening to your body and eating whole foods over calorie counting. If you want to learn more about my thoughts on this, I encourage you to check out this article: https://mysolluna.com/blog/2013/08/10/how-to-lose-weight-without-counting-calories/
If you are concerned about eating too many nuts in this recipe, you could always reduce the cashew amount to 1/2 cup, and substitute more mushrooms or cabbage instead! Sending you lots of love xx
My son is allergic to cashews, but could have almonds (soaked) or pine nuts. Would either of those work in this recipe? This looks so good!
Hi Beauty! Yes, soaked almonds would work well in this recipe. Happy cooking! xx
What is liquid amines or coconut aminos?
Hi Beauty! Liquid aminos and coconut aminos are seasonings made from fermented coconut sap. They add salty and savory flavor to your dishes, similar to soy sauce. They can be found at most grocery stores or online. Either one would work well in this recipe! Let me know what you think once you try this out 😉 xx
Wow! I have to say I have tried several of your recipes so far and they do not disappoint. I’m really impressed because all of them are tasty, simple, inexpensive and healthy: all the things I look for in a great recipe. It’s hard to find recipes that tick all those boxes, but you manage to do it. Thank you!
Hi Beauty! I am so happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes that taste good and make you feel good, too! Thank you for being a part of our community and lifestyle <3 Sending you lots of love xx
I made this recipe for lunch today. It was very good. Before I go any further I should say that I eat a pretty standard American diet although I’m trying to eat more veggies. I used olive oil and soy sauce because I didn’t have amino acids or coconut oil on hand. After eating one serving (1/2 the recipe) I still felt kind of hungry although I had consumed quite a few calories but that feeling dissapated after a while. Probably because I am used to having a starch with my meal like bread, pasta , potato or rice. Next time I make this recipe I will add more broccoli and more mushrooms and a little garlic. I wouldn’t necessarily call this dish “creamy” but it was quite tasty and something that is easy to make. thanks for the recipe, Kimberly!
Thanks for giving this recipe a shot, Beauty! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and found the modifications that work for you 😉 Sending you lots of love xx
I made this for lunch and dinner today, and I love it! Another wonderful, beautifying option that makes me feel so satisfied and genuinely happy because I am not missing out on old favorites. Thank you!