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Sweet and Spicy Vegetarian Stir-Fry with Crispy Tenders

This 100% plant-based meal comes together in a snap! Made with a combination of fresh and frozen foods, this stir-fry is convenient and easy to make, but doesn't skimp at all on flavor.

Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Healthy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Lindsey


  • 9 ounce bag Gardein™ Seven Grain Crispy Tenders

For stir-fry sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 4 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

For stir-fry:

  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance® Organic Whipped Buttery Spread
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 10.8-ounce bag Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Mixtures Broccoli, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas & Water Chestnuts

For serving:

  • 2 10-ounce bags Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Veggie Made™ Original Riced Cauliflower, cooked according to package directions, warm
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted or raw sesame seeds plus more for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 430°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Place Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders on baking sheet and bake according to package directions, 16-20 minutes, or until golden. Keep warm.
  3. While Crispy Tenders are baking, prepare stir-fry sauce.
  4. Place the cornstarch in a medium bowl or in a pint jar. Stir in the Tamari making sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved and no lumps remain. Add the remaining ingredients. Set aside.
  5. Heat a wok or very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread and allow to melt and heat up; about 30 seconds.
  6. Add the bell pepper and green onions to the wok or skillet. Stir-fry for 3-5 minutes, then add the Steamfresh vegetable blend. Continue stir-frying, adding a little water, if needed, until veggies are tender-crispy. Add the stir-fry sauce to the pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
  7. Cut the Crispy Tenders into thirds and add to the wok or skillet. Toss well to coat.
  8. Place cooked Riced Cauliflower into a serving bowl and stir in the sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil along with a good pinch of salt.
  9. To serve, divide the Riced Cauliflower and stir-fry between four shallow bowls or plates. Top with a sprinkle of sliced green onions and sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Other blends or mixtures of frozen vegetables can be substituted for the one used in the recipe.

Leftovers should be eaten within 2-3 days.