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This side is suggested with the pork dumplings, but it could go with any number of main dishes or even be a light dinner by itself.


Broccoli and Cashew Stir-Fry
adapted from Family Fun magazine, February 2010

4 tsp vegetable oil
3 scallions: whites minced, greens sliced on the bias
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
5 cups broccoli florets (or however much your family will eat)
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
¼ cup water
2/3 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/3 cup roasted, unsalted cashews (raw will work also, but unsalted is key)


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the scallion whites and ginger.  Stir fry until just fragrant; about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the broccoli.  Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper.  Toss to mix.
  5. Pour in the water and cover.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and steam until the broccoli is just crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  7. Uncover the skillet and raise the heat back to medium-high.
  8. Add the bell pepper and toss to combine.  Stir fry briefly to soften the bell pepper.
  9. Stir in the cashews and scallion greens.
  10. Enjoy.