Exercise may seem like the most important aspect of your health regimen, but at the end of the day, it's only half of the whole process. When you look at the overall picture, you see that what you put into your body is just as important. Food, first and foremost, operates as fuel, but it's also involved in several other aspects of your wellbeing—it impacts irritability, inflammation, your complexion, and so much more. As New Orleanians, we know how good good food can make us feel, which is why we love sharing our favorite recipes. At Mind Body MVMT, we aim to inspire readers to take the extra step and think about how the food they eat can best serve you! 

Below we have a recipe for Black Sesame Stir Fry, which may be the most simple, and most delicious, stir-fry recipe ever from one of our favorite cookbooks, EatBeautiful by Wendy Rowe. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

for the marinade:

 

1 fresh red chili

1 garlic clove 

small handful of fresh cilantro

1 in knob of fresh ginger

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tbsp tamari or soy source of your choosing

dollop of honey (optional)

for the main dish:

 

2 blocks of tofu or 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts (or other protein of your choice)

1 tbsp coconut oil (raw or extra virgin)

2 carrots

4 scallions

4 pieces of broccolini 

handful of snow peas

handful of bean sprouts

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tbsp tamari

handful of raw peanuts

1 tbsp black sesame seeds 

 

 
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STEP-BY-STEP:

Place all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Then add the protein to the marinade and let refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet or wok (what we used) and add in the marinated protein. Stir-fry over medium heat for 10 or so minutes. If using tofu, we recommend roasting it once it has marinated and then just heating it up in the skillet after the veggies are cooked. 

Add the carrots, scallions, broccolini, snow peas, and bean sprouts to the pan, in addition to the lime juice and 1 tbsp of water, proceeding to cover it with a lid. Let this cook for five or so minutes giving the pan a shake from time to time, adding in the tamari or soy sauce of choice at the end. 

Remove the pan from the heat and put the stir-fry in a serving piece of your choice. Garnish with the raw peanuts, sesame seeds, and fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

We cannot stress enough how easy and quick this recipe was to make, on top of tasting so good! Feel free to make whatever modifications are best for you; for example, we prefer crispy baked tofu to chicken, gluten-free soy sauce to tamari, and some extra coconut oil to really get things cooking! Love this recipe as much as we do?! Check out EatBeautiful for other clean, feel good, super simple recipes to try in the future!