From the Garden...Celery with Citrus Ginger Sauce

Here’s a simply delicious side dish!  My husband couldn’t believe CELERY could be so good.  I couldn’t believe it could be so quick as well.  This is a healthy, fiber-filled, delicious side dish.  I especially like it with an entrée that I bake, like chicken breasts or fish, so I can stir fry while the main dish is baking and have it all done on time.
Peanuts or old-fashioned Chow Mein noodles make a good topping too; and I have used a Meyer lemon instead of orange for the citrus – and also purchased orange juice as well.  I use the purchased fresh ginger paste in a tube that I find in the refrigerated salad section of our grocery – no waste.                 

Celery with Citrus Ginger Sauce
  2         Teaspoons  Orange Zest -- slivered
     1/3  Cup  Fresh Orange Juice
  2         Tablespoons  Soy Sauce
  1         Tablespoon  Honey
  1         Teaspoon  Cornstarch
  2         Tablespoons  Olive Oil
  4         Cups  Celery -- diagonally sliced
  1         Teaspoon  Fresh Ginger -- finely chopped
  1         Teaspoon  Garlic -- finely chopped
     3/4  Cup  Onion -- halved and slivered
     1/4  Cup  Cashews -- chopped
Cut orange zest into fine slivers.  Whisk orange juice, soy sauce, honey and cornstarch together until blended.
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil, celery, onion and orange zest.  Stir fry until celery is crisp tender but still bright green, 3-4 minutes.  Stir in ginger and garlic.  Add the orange juice mixture and stir fry just until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle with cashews and serve.
6 Servings
Per Serving : 115 Calories; 7g Fat (53.8% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 415mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

 Adapted from “Eating Well” Magazine


  1. I really like this recipe because it uses what I would call an unusual cooked side dish. It reminds me of a recipe I found some years ago for "Creamed Radishes." Only yours is much healthier. I am going to try it just like you have it here.


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