Broccoli and Bell Pepper Chicken Stir Fry

Everyone knows that vegetables are a crucial part of a balanced and healthy diet. They come in seemingly countless colours, shapes, and varieties, and are absolutely packed with nutritious benefits for the body. One classic way to prepare a wide variety of vegetables all in one dish is with the ever-cherished and super convenient stir fry. There are many takes and twists on this culinary staple, but the broccoli and bell pepper chicken stir fry by is among the best! Packed with delicious and uniquely nutritious ingredients, and yet easy as pie to create, this stir fry is sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

One of the powerhouses in this recipe is broccoli. While prized for its attractive green colour, and unique tree like shape, broccoli is not just a pretty face. It is absolutely full of nutritive value. Grown in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter crops, broccoli is available for harvest all year round. Broccoli can help lower cholesterol levels; it is loaded with vitamins A and K; it is also high in fibre (quite often cheekily called "Nature's broom"). This recipe calls for one large head of broccoli to be cooked separately in order to maintain a nice crunch. Another prized vegetable in this recipe is the bell pepper. This stir fry calls for 2 large red bell peppers. Bell peppers boast a wide range of health benefits, not least of which is aiding in weight loss. The last of the star trio is chicken. A staple in most diets, it has to be one of the most versatile meats and sources of protein at our disposal. It pairs with almost any sauce and couples up perfectly with so many vegetables. Chicken is low in fat, high in protein, and contains Tryptophan (the feel good amino acid). It is a welcome addition to a balanced diet and rounds out this yummy stir fry.

Joining these three superstar vegetables are other delicious contributors such as onions, ginger, and garlic. The sauce is a very basic yet delicious mix of ingredients like soy sauce, honey, broth, and sesame seed oil. Are you getting hungry yet?

Broccoli is one of the most popular and used vegetable varieties out there, nutritious and delicious its good to eat often. Broccoli is a vegetable that is in the cabbage family whose edible green flowerhead is eaten. Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber and also contains several nutrients with strong anti cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. Just a single serving of broccoli can provide you with more than 30 mg of vitamin C and a half cup provides 52 mg of vitamin C. Boiling broccoli will reduce the level of suspected anti carcinogenic compounds, such as sulforaphane, with losses of 2030 percent after five minutes, 4050 percent after ten minutes, and 77 percent after thirty minutes. However, other preparation methods such as steaming and stir frying have no significant effect on the nutrition in the vegetable.

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