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End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

With summer drawing to a close and the craziness of fall and back-to-school upon us, stir fries have returned as a staple on my weekly meal plan. Fast, flavorful and healthier than take-out, what’s not to love?

I also find them to be a great way to incorporate different veggies into my diet. As much as I enjoy eggplant, it often gets overlooked in my kitchen. But in this recipe, it’s one of the shining stars.

Filled with carrots, red bell peppers, eggplant and plenty of cashews for some crunch and protein, this meal is fresh and filling.

It also features a simple bright and citrusy sauce made with orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce and honey. The combination of flavors is sweet yet still savory and balances out the eggplant nicely.

End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

Once the sauce is whisked together and the veggies are all chopped, this dish comes together in a pinch. The eggplant, carrots and peppers are all sauteed together in a large skillet for just a few minutes.

Once tender, the cashews, green onions and sauce are added in and cooked for another minute or so, just until the sauce thickens up. And then dinner is served!

You can spoon the stir fry over rice as suggested in the recipe, but this would also be wonderful served with other whole grains, like quinoa or even farro, to switch things up.

End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

End-of-Summer Veggie Stir Fry

A quick and easy weeknight stir fry filled with eggplant, bell peppers and a bright citrusy sauce!
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the skillet:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers sliced
  • 1 medium eggplant about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • Cooked rice for serving
  • Sesame seeds and/or chopped fresh basil for garnish


For the sauce:

  • In a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and olive oil until well combined. Add in the cornstarch and whisk again to combine. Set aside.

For the skillet:

  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. When hot, add in the carrots, peppers and eggplant. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cashews, green onions and sauce to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for another 1 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened. Taste and season with salt if needed.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and/or fresh basil, if desired.
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  • Reply
    Barbara salem
    September 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Hi, I love this website! I made the end of summer veggie stir fry. It was delicious. I substituted the carrots for butternut squash. It worked well. When I make it again I will stir fry the eggplant first since it takes a little longer to cook and I like me veggies crunchy. Oh! I forgot I also substituted the cashews for coconut spray pan fried tofu! I wanted a leaner version. Thank for the receipe.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it Barbara! Those changes sound delicious!

  • Reply
    September 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I didn’t have rice vinegar, so I made the sauce without it. What does the rice vinegar add to the dish? It was still delicious without it. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Hey Lindsay! So glad you enjoyed it! It adds a little hint of that sort of tang (for a bit of sweet & sourness for the dish). You get a touch of the same from the orange juice (but not as strong since orange juice is sort of sweet!).

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    October 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    That sauce sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      October 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Shashi!

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