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The Sweet Heat in This Healthy Sauce Will Make Your Veggies Sing

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The amount of stir-fry sauces in my fridge right now is straight-up embarrassing. I've been on a quest to find a week-night recipe for a while now. After trying nearly every new option I've spotted on store shelves, I'm still without one that has the perfect balance of healthy ingredients and complex flavors. But now I can have it all with a healthy stir-fry sauce recipe easy enough to do in my own kitchen.

The recipe developer behind the plant-based food blog Minimalist Baker, Dana Shultz, recently shared her 20-minute tofu stir-fry recipe. While the marinated tofu and cauliflower rice is worth of praise on its own, it's the ridiculously easy sauce that's the ultimate win. Each of its five ingredients have an important duty that, when combined, creates a sauce that works with any vegetable and protein pairing your heart desires. The recipes includes: "chili garlic sauce for heat, lime juice for acidity, maple syrup for sweetness, peanut butter to thicken, and coconut aminos or tamari for saltiness and depth of flavor," Shultz writes.

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The best part about the sauce is that all you need to do to make it is toss everything in a bowl, use a whisk to mix it up, and set it aside—no cooking or thickening required. Once your stir-fry is ready to go, you just toss and stir in the sauce for a few minutes until everything is nice and hot. Then after giving it a taste, you'll never want to waste your money on another store-bought option ever again. Trust me, I know.

If you want to switch up your stir-fry routine, try this homemade keto pad thai that will totally satisfy your takeout cravings. And to make it even healthier, swap in some low-carb shirataki noodles.

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