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Sugar Snap and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

Cashews add crunch and protein to this colorful stir-fry. You also can make the dish with frozen sugar snap and snow peas. Just add to the mix, and stir-fry a little longer than you would fresh peas.



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1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
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2 tsp. cornstarch
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¼ tsp chile-garlic sauce, such as sambal oelek, optional
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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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1 medium red onion, halved, cut into wedges, and pulled apart (1 ½ cups)
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1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced (1 ½ cups)
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1 cup raw unsalted cashews
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1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
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8 oz. sugar snap peas
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8 oz. snow pea pods
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8 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces


1. Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, chile-garlic sauce (if using), and 1/2 cup water in small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat vegetable oil in wok over high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, cashews, and ginger, and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, or until onion and cashews begin to brown. Add snap peas, and stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow peas and green onions, and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes more. Add soy sauce mixture, and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, or until sauce has thickened and vegetables are coated with sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

10 g
Total Fat: 
20 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
30 g
0 mg
507 mg
6 g
10 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

For those concerned with fat from the nuts, recently saw a Dr Oz show where he advised not to be too concerned about the fat content of the nuts because we don't digest all the nut anyway, so some of the fat is not absorbed.

Are the snap peas and snow peas fresh vegetables or frozen?

It says at the top that you can use either Leslie

I used the fresh ones but I'm sure you can use frozen ones as long as you give them enough time to thaw. The best part of this dish is the sauce! yummy!

I'm surprised it's so high in fat? Is it the cashews?

I made this a few days ago and it was great!

absolutely delicious!

Judith! Probably most from the cashews. Since the recipe adds 1 cup and makes 4 servings, 1/4 cup has 14g of fat. Then some of the rest is from the oils.

This is absolutely delicious. I made a few substitutions out of necessity: toasted, salted cashews,but rinsed first, and added chopped garlic and red chili sauce because I didn't have any sambal oelek. This meal was just delicious. My husband and I split it between the two of us and didn't have any leftovers, but we ate this exclusively with no sides or other dishes. I highly recommend this.

Looks good

The corn starch didn't quite work for me,the sauce ended up a bit goopy. I would also add a LOT more ginger since I could hardly taste it.

Really quite good but I changed the sauce by leaving out the sesame oil and just using instead ancho chilis cooked down in olive oil. Also added brown sugar to the sauce. Also added some Anaheim chilis. Was kind of thick with the cornstarch. Used half peanuts too.

Made this dish as a side to complement a couple other dishes & it was the star on my plate. My Mum who's non veg loved it too.

This is amazing!! I reduced the onion to 1/3 an onion because I don't really care for them. I served with brown rice. So good and fresh. Even made great leftovers. Use fresh ginger--it really adds to the recipe.

I made this for dinner last night. Supposedly serves 4 with 2 cup serving each according to my magazine. There was not enough to go around. In photo sauce shows brown, mine was not and there was barely enough to coat the vegetables, maybe I stir-fried too long. Next time, I will add more ginger(barely tasted it) and more spice to liven it up a bit. Otherwise good.

Made this for dinner tonight and we absolutely loved it! I made a few changes though. I doubled the sauce and added red paper flakes for a little extra spice ness. I also omitted the snow peas and used 16 oz of sugar snap peas and about four cloves of garlic. I also added 1/2 cup of dry roasted peanuts. We had it over brown rice and is was deeeeeeelicious! Definitely a keeper!

I am going to try something besides soy sauce. It has too much sodium.

Made this tonight and it was very good, after reading previous comments I doubled the sauce recipe. I made a few slight changes/additions; added shredded carrots and bean sprouts, did not have the chili sauce but added Trader Joes sweet chili sauce and ate without rice...this is a keeper.