Island Maple Stirfry #WhatsCooking

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I think it must be the long winter.  Knowing that it is finally coming to an end has me craving lighter foods.  I’m a huge meat and potatoes girl, but when the sun shines longer and the days are warmer, I enjoy lighter meals filled with veggies.  So last night I was playing around in the kitchen with some ingredients I had picked up at the market earlier in the week, and I found myself with a bottle of Kraft Thousand Island Dressing in one hand and some Nova Scotia Maple Syrup in the other.  I can see your eyebrows raised already… “how can those two very bold flavors go together”  but I assure you they do.  The product of this marriage was a sweet stir fry that even my kids ate up! (And they’re boycotting vegetables at the moment).

I love Maple Syrup…and that is a good thing, because the Maple Trees are about to start producing that liquid gold any day now.  I can’t wait to take the kids out to the local farm and make some maple candy.  There are so many delicious Maple recipes out there…my next one…Maple Glazed Baby Carrots.

Island Maple Stir fry

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  • 3 Cups of your favorite stir fry vegetables (I used onions, mushrooms, snow peas, carrots, & broccoli)
  • 1 C water
  • 1/4 Cup Kraft Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Cups of your favorite protein (I used thinly sliced strips of pork)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • A starch to serve under the stir fry. (I used rice, but noodles or potatoes would work just as well)

In a wok or deep-frying pan heat your oil.  Dice onions and mushrooms and add to the oil, saute until onions are transparent.  Add protein and cook covered for 6-8 minutes over med-high heat.  Add water and vegetables to the pan and cover again for 3-5 minutes.  Remove cover.  Add soy sauce, Kraft Thousand Island Dressing and Maple Syrup, cook until vegetables are done (as done as you like them).  Add corn starch and stir to thicken the sauce.

This is a super simple supper that is full of potential.  It is very sweet, so if you like the sweet & spicy combination, add some crushed chilis, or your favorite spicy peppers.  If you like the sweet & sour combination, you could add a touch of vinegar.   What would you add to the stir fry to make it your own?

Disclaimer: I am a part of the Kraft What’s Cooking influencers program.  All opinions are my own.


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  1. Wow! I never considered cooking with salad dressing before. I’ve only used dressing as a marinade, but your recipe looks good.

  2. Very interesting combination. Definitely worth a try. Yummy!

  3. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Would of never thought of this combination but it does sound interesting, will give it a try out next time we make a stir-fry!

  4. That is an interesting sauce for a stir fry. I would never have thought of it.

  5. Lynda Cook says:

    that looks very good, I cook a lot with salad dressing, they help with flavour and give the meal that extra pop, and I am going to save this recipe I already know I’m going to like it yumm

  6. Crystal M says:

    That sounds delicious! Looks like a great summer lunch!

  7. Love the recipe, looks easy to make and healthy!

  8. I love adding maple instead of refined sugars to my recipes.

  9. JaimeeM says:

    Great recipe, looks super easy to make!

  10. Amy Lovell says:

    thanks this looks really great for a hot summer day!

  11. This sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to make it when our garden veggies are ready!

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