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 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.
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