When you’re a trim healthy mama, you don’t have to miss out on anything that’s delicious. If you want Asian, we’ve got you covered. This Thai-inspired recipe is a family favorite, and my family doesn’t even know that they’re getting healthier and losing weight when we eat it. They just know that it’s delicious.
This recipe is perfect for loading your plate with vegetables that taste great but won’t add pounds to your hips. Feel free to swap out the veggies listed for your family’s favorites.
Sugar Free Stir Fry Star Ingredients
Rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar-free “brown sugar” really make this recipe shine. They also make it a great choice for diabetics or anyone looking for a healthy stir fry recipe.
Part of what makes this dish so delicious is the use of sugar free “brown sugar.” This tasty addition to your blood sugar friendly pantry opens up a whole new world of flavors in your cooking. It gives you the sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the spicy soy sauce and rice vinegar.
Sugar-Free “Brown Sugar”
You’ve got lots of delicious options for a blood-sugar-friendly brown sugar alternative.
You can make your own from these easy, delicious recipes:
If you’re looking for a quick and convenient option (shout out to my THM Drive Thru Sues!), this brown sugar style sweetener is considered a personal choice item.
If you’re at or near goal weight, you could use coconut sugar. If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, you can use coconut sugar sparingly. This is also a great option if you’re following the paleo diet or feeding hungry kiddos or a husband who runs marathons.
Rice vinegar is my BFF. When I discovered that I am aware that I was allergic to grapes when I was 13, I had to get creative with other sources for vinegar. Rice vinegar has a distinctive flavor that I adds spice and Asian notes to any dish.
Sesame oil has a super distinctive, delicious flavor in any dish! A little goes a long way, so even though each person is getting less than a teaspoon of it in their dinner, the flavor really comes through!
You can use coconut oil if you’d rather, but I find that the sesame oil really adds something special to this sugar free sweet and spicy stir fry.
Healthy Meal Options
Keep It an “E”
If you struggle with E meals on the Trim Healthy Mama plan or just want to get in more healthy carbohydrates, then this recipe is for you. With slow burning carbohydrates like brown rice and starchy vegetables, this recipe can keep you full and give your metabolism a lift.
To make it an E, simply serve this recipe over brown rice and keep the California vegetables as listed in the recipe.
Make It Low Carb (THM S)
If you’re following the keto diet or want to have a THM Fuel Pull recipe, then you can always serve this dish over a fresh batch of cauliflower rice. To make it super easy, you can pick up a bag of riced cauliflower at your local grocery store.
You may wish to switch out the vegetables for non-starchy ones to keep this dish low carb. My favorite low carb veggie combo for this dish is a mixture of sauted zucchini and green beans.
Since you’re not limited on fats, you can be more liberal with your sesame oil in this recipe.
If you are following the Keto Diet, please please please read this post about how it can affect your long-term health! As a holistic healthcare provider, I want you to be fully informed about all the risks!
Fill Up on a Fuel Pull
You can even make this dish a Fuel Pull (low fat and low carb)!
To convert this to a fuel pull, opt for non-starchy veggies and serve over riced cauliflower.
The Easy Way to Make This Sugar-Free Stir Fry Recipe
This is one of my favorite dishes for its simplicity. There are lots of ways that I make this meal even easier.
Often, I’ll cook up a bunch of chicken breasts to use in multiple recipes. You can cook the chicken fresh for this recipe or use some from your freezer stash.
If you’re using brown rice (not cauliflower rice) then you can make double or triple the amount of rice needed for this meal, and freeze the rest for another meal. My personal suggestion is to save it for chicken fried rice later in the week, which you can add to your additional pre-cooked chicken breast for a simple weeknight dinner.
When I had my second baby six months ago, I needed meals that I could prep in advance. You can make the sauce several hours before you make dinner. This will save you time, as all you have to do is put the meat and vegetables in the pan, cook them up, and then add the sauce for a speedy supper.
If you need a great chicken fried rice recipe or cauliflower fried rice recipe here are two of my favorites:
Chicken Fried Double Rice (from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook)
This sweet and spicy combo is perfect for slimming your waistline, keeping your blood sugar level, and making your tastebuds happy!
- 1 pound chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 Tbl sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 16 ounce package of California vegetables
- 1 Tbl lemon juice
- 1 cup chicken or beef broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp gluccoman
- 2 Tbl rice vinegar
- 1/8 cup sugar-free "brown sugar" (or 1/4 c coconut sugar)
Cook chicken, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic over medium heat until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
Saute vegetables until fully cooked and softened. Add lemon juice.
While veggies are cooking, make sauce in a separate bowl. Add all ingredients to bowl and whisk together.
When veggies are done, add meat and sauce to the pan. Cook until sauce is thickened (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Serve over rice, riced cauliflower, or low carb noodles.