This week I will be posting two really easy recipes which are super delicious and once you try them you will be amazed at how great they taste given the minimal ingredients it takes to create these dishes!
This is a dish I cook almost every week. I mix it up with different Asian greens each time either with Kailan, Chye Sim or Buk Choy. All work amazingly well in this recipe. When we think of Asian stir fries, Oyster and soy sauces come to mind but I use non in my cooking. I have friends and hubby tell me this dish tastes pretty damn good without any sauces. I had a friend over for lunch once and she did not believe that I didn’t use ANY store bought sauces for flavoring this dish because it was so tasty! Really…no store bought sauce and there is no need for it.
The key here is to use plenty of garlic. I love garlic. There are not many savoury dishes I cook without garlic in. Garlic is good for you. So are green leafy vegetables. Kailan is part of the Cruciferous family. Cruciferous vegetables are high is sulphur, iron, multiple vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which have cancer fighting properties.
Cruciferous vegetables are also considered Goitrogenic foods. Goitrogens inhibit the uptake of iodine and suppresses thyroid function. Cooking reduces the effect of goitrogens in foods that contain them. So for someone like me who has an Autoimmune disease affecting my thyroid, I always cook my Cruciferous vegetables and rarely eat them raw. When cooking with Cruciferous vegetables, I make sure to add in a good pinch of organic Kelp powder which is rich in Iodine to help offset the goitrogenic effect.
This simple stir fry will make a perfect dish for a busy weeknight, it is quick, simple and easy to make!
Stir fried Kailan with Garlic and Chilli – Serves 2 large portions
- 600gm of organic Kailan or any other Asian greens washed and roughly cut
- 1 long red chilli sliced diagonally
- 8 cloves of garlic minced
- A bunch of spring onions finely chopped
- Himalayan pink salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper
- A good pinch of organic Kelp powder
- 3 tbsp of either organic Coconut oil, Olive oil or Rice bran oil (I have used rice bran oil in this recipe)
OK this is how you roll:
Heat up a large saute pan to medium heat and add the oil in the pan. Once the pan is slightly hot, add in the garlic and chilli. Saute them for 3 minutes and once the garlic starts to brown slightly add in the Kailan.
At this stage, the Kailan will look like it’s abit much for your pan but the heat will start wilting the Kailan and they will reduce in size. Turn and coat the Kailan in the oil, chilli and garlic. Add in a good pinch of organic Kelp powder. Leave them to cook for 5 minutes. Finally, season with salt and pepper giving it a good toss through. Let it cook for another 2 minutes letting the flavours infuse together a little bit more.
Lastly, add in the spring onions for some freshness.
Serve it warm, enjoy the garlicky goodness and say goodbye to store bought sauces!
Let me know if you liked this recipe and would you try it at home? I would love to hear your comments!