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Stir-Frying

Having a great stir-fry recipe in your back pocket will see you through many harried weeknights. Find dozens of creative recipes for both vegetarian and nonvegetarian stir-fries, and learn the techniques that will help you improvise your own stir-fry with the ingredients you have on hand.

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Serve this home-style version of kung pao chicken and peanuts with a side of steamed white rice. If you're feeding a large crowd, stir-fry an additional batch instead of making one large serving at once; overcrowding the pan won't allow the ingredients to cook properly. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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Not your average stir-fry: Black rice takes on a deep purple hue when cooked, and makes for a dramatic and more nutritious dinner plate. Plus, spoonful for spoonful, the dark grain has more anthocyanin antioxidants than blueberries. Japanese eggplant brings meatiness; red cabbage supplies fresh crunch.