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Stirfry Sauces – Choosing the Best Option.


Hello loves! 

Another easy day at my end…jesus, I need to get out the house soon.


During my blog perusings today, I saw Clare’s WIAW including what looked like the most delicious piece of salmon in existence. This gave me mad salmon cravings, but all I had on hand was canned salmon. I could work with that.


Salmon salad it is. 🙂

I simply mixed together:

  • 1 can of salmon
  • about 2 tablespoons plain 2% greek yogurt
  • some chopped cucumber and carrots (would have loved to have some celery here, but I work with what I got)
  • a squirt of lemon juice
  • few dashes of pepper
  • about 1/4 teaspoon of dill seed (fresh dill would have been best)

I served about half the mix on top of a bed of spinach, with a few slices of avocado on top and some honey whole wheat pretzels on the side (definitely x 2 on the pretzels).

Salmon craving = totally satisfied.



I kept the seafood theme going at dinner tonight.


Szechuan shrimp stirfry.

VH Szechuan stirfry sauce, frozen stirfry veggies, shimp, and udon noodles (if you’re not familiar with udon, they’re super thick and chewy wheat-flour noodles. Definitely one of my favourites).

The other day at the grocery store, I noticed all the VH stirfry sauces were on sale. I normally avoid them, as they tend to be high in calories and sugar, not to mention expensive. But, a good sale is a good sale, and I like having convenience foods on hand once in a while. I love most Asian-style sauces, and I’m the first to admit I have no idea how to go about making the large majority of them from scratch. So, buying them once in a while is a nice treat. To me, it’s like getting takeout, but cheaper and involves a little bit of effort.

This is a good example of where label reading comes in handy. I was picking out two sauces to take home, and noticed there was a huge degree of differences with the different sauces.

Clearly, these sauces are pretty sugary, and not for everyday use. But, neither is Chinese takeout! The damage can be minimized if you’re careful with what you pick up.

For example, comparing the General Tao and the Szechuan sauces:

  • General Tao (per 100 Ml): 140 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 690 milligrams sodium, 16 grams sugar.
  • Szechuan: 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 490 milligrams sodium, 12 grams sugar.


Clearly, neither option is super-healthy, but Szechuan is the better choice. Szechuan went into my cart, General Tao went back on the shelf. 

Personally, this is how I look at healthy eating – eating what you want, but as healthy as you can make it. Spaghetti? Eat it, but use whole wheat instead of white pasta. Burgers? Use ground turkey or chicken. Alfredo sauce? Replace some of the cream with skim milk, and add some chopped spinach or broccoli. Chocolate? Go for dark.

Small efforts = big difference. 🙂

This also serves as a good lesson next time I do get takeout. Szechuan > General Tao.


Mmm, Szechuan.

I would have loved to try this with soba noodles, I’ll have to look for those next time!

Tomorrow’s going to be a busier day…thankfully! I’ve been going to the gym, but otherwise I’ve definitely got some cabin fever going on.


<– Staying home for a couple of days – ideal or boring?

<– How do you ‘health-ify’ traditionally heavier food? Desserts, burgers, sauces – I’m curious!

5 thoughts on “Stirfry Sauces – Choosing the Best Option.

  1. Those noodles look awesome, too bad they are not gluten free because i would snatch those up!

  2. small efforts –> big difference. love that! so true. i wantttt those noodles.

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