A super easy and quick stir fry full of zesty oriental flavours. Black beans are a great substitute for meat, but tofu or any other legume (e.g. chickpeas) works well in this customizable dish. You can also use pretty mcuh any veggies that you have available, frozen or fresh. The secret is in the sauce.
Packed with plant-based protein and loaded with fiber, this dish will satisfy your hunger and nourish your body. Serve it with rice noodles, basmati rice, or even zoodles. It can also be eaten on it’s own.
Broccoli and aubergine in black bean sauce
Black bean sauce
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 4 tbsp vinegar apple cidar, balsamic, or rice wine vinegar
- 6 tbsp water
- 1/2 red chilli seeds removed and thinly sliced; more if you like it spicy
- 2 tsp honey or sweetener of choice
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tsp minced fresh ginger ground ginger will work too
- non-stick spray or 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 medium carrots cut into thin julienne strips or sticks
- 1 medium aubergine (eggplant) chopped and precooked for 5 minutes in the microwave, or until soft
- 3 cups broccoli florets frozen broccoli will work too
- 1 can black beans drained and roughly crushed with a fork or spoon
- 1 cup mangetout or sugar snap peas optional
- 1/4 cup cashew nuts optional
- 1 lemon or lime halved
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- Before starting, make sure that all of your prep work is done (veggies chopped and aubergine microwaved; black beans roughly crushed).
- Make the sauce: first mix the cornstarch with a splash of water to form a paste, then add all the rest of the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Spray a wok or frying pan with non-stick spray, and start frying your veggies. Start with the onion and carrot, tossing constantly and adding a splash of water if needed to prevent sticking. Toss for a minute or two.
- Add the aubergine and broccoli, then continue to toss for a few minutes until the aubergine is completely cooked and the broccoli is bright green. You want the broccoli to maintain a crunch. Keep adding splashes of water if needed.
- Add the black beans, and then the mangetout / sugar-snap peas (if using).
- Add the sauce and toss around for 60-90 seconds, making sure that the sauce coats all the vegetables and cooks the cornflour without sticking and burning on to the pan. Continuous movement is the key here. The sauce will thicken.
- Add the cashews (if using), turn off the heat, squeeze over the lemon / lime juice, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately