Stir-fries have a lot going for them. For one, they’re super easy to make—usually all you need is a pan and about 15 minutes to throw one together, which is perfect whether you’re too busy for something more complicated or you’re super hungry and need food ASAP. And since they’re almost always made of some combo of vegetables and protein, served over a whole grain like rice, they make for a balanced meal. Basically, a stir-fry is the perfect no-fuss weeknight dinner.
Some of these 14 recipes expand upon the stir-fry formula of oil + ingredients + soy sauce. They experiment with all kinds of different spices, sauces, veggies, and proteins. There’s a tofu option that’ll take you less than 10 minutes to make; a curried, grain-based version that’ll rock your world; a fiery, simple kung pao shrimp recipe; and so many more. All of them have the fiber, protein, and healthy carbs you need to feel satisfied, and none of them have more than 500 calories.
To be clear, you don’t need to count calories to be healthy, and some people are better off ignoring them completely. But whether or not that’s something you’re doing, these easy, healthy, delicious stir-fries are worth adding to your dinner rotation.