Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry
Published Dec 27, 2018, Updated Nov 16, 2022
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This broccoli noodle stir-fry uses the entire head of broccoli – stems and florets! Just spiralize the stems to create broccoli noodles and use them as a base for this light and healthy meal.
As we are nearing January 1, I wanted to take time to reflect on my past health goals and set some new ones. I’ve been sticking with my 10K steps a day walking challenge (which I plan to continue into 2019) and a few other healthy habits, but this year I also want to focus more on sustainable living and wasting less.
When I’m not conscious of it, it’s easy to be wasteful. It’s also easy to fall down the rabbit hole of sustainable living which can be really overwhelming. I’m so inspired by the people who live uber eco-friendly lives — they don’t create any trash, they use reusable sandwich bags (love my Stasher bags, but I buy regular plastic baggies too) and they don’t use paper towels. It’s inspiring, but if I’m being realistic, it’s not something I can commit to 100% right now. I want to take it one step at a time and be more mindful little by little so eventually maybe I can be that person that doesn’t use paper towels. My mother-in-law has already moved in this direction and I’m hoping she can teach me a thing or two.
My starting point? Food.
Is it not the worst feeling when you have to throw out unused ingredients or uneaten leftovers? Something inside me cries every time I waste food. So in 2019 I’m committing to wasting less food. One way I’m doing this: meal planning, meal prepping and more root to stem cooking! The whole idea behind root to stem cooking is wasting less and finding uses for the whole vegetable — everything from broccoli stems, kale and collard green stems, beets greens and carrot tops!
Turn Broccoli Stems Into Noodles
Today we’re focusing on broccoli stems and how you can turn them into noodles using a spiralizer. Next time you buy broccoli and chop off the florets, promise me you will save the stems. This recipe is a great starting point.
For this stir-fry, the broccoli stems are turned into noodles using a spirlaizer and they make a great base for the recipe. The remaining ingredients are really simple — just peppers, garlic, ginger and teriyaki sauce. You can make your own using my easy teriyaki recipe or use store-bought teriyaki. For store-bought I always buy the San-J gluten-free teriyaki.
I love that you use the entire head of broccoli and that the noodles cook up in a flash (way quicker than rice!) and instantly make a veggie-packed, low calorie meal. Overall, this is an awesome healthy stir-fry recipe to kick off the New Year. I know it’s going to be in the regular rotation in our home and I hope you’ll feel the same way after trying it.
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Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry
- 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoons avocado, coconut or olive oil
- 2 medium stalks of broccoli, look for thick, large stalks
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 4-5 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce, store-bought or use the recipe below
- Optional: sriracha, for topping
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ⁄4 cup low-sodium tamari, or soy sauce
- 1 ⁄2 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
- Make teriyaki sauce: whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Measure out 4-5 tablespoons, set aside.
- Make broccoli stem noodles: chop florets from the stems leaving as much stalk as possible. Place stalk/stem(s) on spiralizer and spiralize into noodles. Set aside.
- Add shrimp to large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Sauté shrimp for 4-5 minutes or until pink and no longer translucent. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Discard any leftover liquid in the skillet. Add 2 teaspoons oil to skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger and broccoli noodles to the skillet. Sauté for 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper while cooking. Add broccoli florets to the pan and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until broccoli starts to soften and turns bright green.
- Add shrimp back into the pan, along with the teriyaki sauce and toss to coat. Top with sriracha before serving, if using.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.