You're going to want to make room for a wok somewhere in your kitchen.
The Wok Is the Versatile Cooking Tool You're Missing
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You might think fast Chinese food when you hear the word "wok," and you're not totally off base. The wok is where you make hearty stir-fries with tons of flavor (the heat is kept on high for faster cooking), and it's perfect for making lighter versions of traditional Chinese takeout. While whipping up an easy stir-fry on a busy weeknight is a lifesaver, there's so much more the trusty wok can do for your meals. Discover these healthy wok recipes and get to know this versatile kitchen tool.
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Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
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Made with shrimp, this rice dish is a good source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acid, creating a meal with a nice balance of protein and carbs. The best part? The wok means it's ready in only 20 minutes.
Get the recipe: Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
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Chinese Vegetable Omelet
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If you've never made an omelet in a wok, you'll be surprised how easy it is. This egg recipe has an Asian flair because of the spices, vegetables, and sauces used, but you can always make an omelet or frittata with just about anything—turkey or chicken, vegetables, herbs, and cheeses. If you need some inspiration, try these omelet recipes for a quick and delicious breakfast.
Get the recipe: Chinese Vegetable Omelet
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Vegan Red Pepper Pasta
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Italian night with a wok? Why not! This recipe uses penne for a sturdier texture than, say, spaghetti, and pairs it with olives, pine nuts, and garlic cloves, all of which can withstand the high heat of the wok. And for an extra burst of flavor, toss in chili paste and nutritional yeast. Dinner will be on the table before you know it.
Get the recipe: Vegan Red Pepper Pasta
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Whole30 Drunken Noodles
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Looking for an easy and healthier alternative to the traditional drunken noodles Thai recipe? This recipe uses zucchini noodles, or zoodles, to amp up the nutrition and lower the carb count. If Thai isn't your thing, you can always use different seasonings, such as lemon and garlic, and other add-ons, like cheese or olives, to change it up. (Related: The Best Spiralizer Recipes to Crush Your Pasta Cravings)
Get the recipe: Whole30 Drunken Noodles
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Quinoa Fried "Rice"
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For crispy fried rice that packs a lot of protein, you can sub in quinoa for white rice and add in even more veggies to get more nutritional bang for your buck. While soy sauce and Chinese vegetables are great OG ingredients, you can also go a different route, pairing quinoa with olives, tomatoes, and chickpeas for a Mediterranean vibe.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Fried "Rice"
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Tomato Chicken with Basil Garlic Sauce
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This creamy, garlicky, tomato chicken will really stick to your bones and warm you up in the winter, and it's so easy to prepare in a wide nonstick pan, like a wok, which offers lots of room. For some heat, add spicy cayenne pepper to boost the flavor. And now that you know you can make creamy chicken dishes in a wok, why not try a chicken piccata next time? (Related: Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas to Add Variety to Your Weeknights)
Get the recipe: Tomato Chicken with Basil Garlic Sauce
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