Struggle Meals by Frankie Celenza: How to Make Vegetable Stir Fry With Peanut Sauce

Happy New Year! Year 2021 is here and we’re still living in a COVID world. Some individuals may be looking for ways to start the New Year off by eating better, and better often starts with eating . . . MORE VEGETABLES!

Frankie Celenza is the star of the cooking show titled, “Struggle Meals.” It’s a TV show focused on using every edible item in your kitchen to ensure there’s no waste, meals prepared are nutritious without sacrificing flavor! Celenza hits on many imaginable narratives surrounding everyday individuals from using food commonly found in pantries, shopping for produce that’s in-season, or having as little as $3 to make a lunch for the afternoon.

For those looking to start the New Year off eating more vegetables and trying something different, this episode of Struggle Meals should help kick the New Year off saving money and trying new things!


  1. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  2. 1 head of broccoli
  3. 1 onion, sliced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 carrot, sliced
  6. 1 red pepper, sliced
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 1/3 creamy peanut butter
  9. 3 soy sauce packets
  10. 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  11. 1 honey packet
  12. 1 red pepper flake packet
  13. 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  14. 2 scallions, chopped
  15. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  16. 4 cups cooked rice for serving


  1. First prep the broccoli. Cut off the florets into small pieces.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the broccoli stalk to remove the tough outer skin. Slice the broccoli stalk into pieces similar in size to the florets.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the onion, garlic, carrots and red bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and stalks and saute for another 5 minutes, then add a few tablespoons of water and cover.
  4. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until broccoli is bright green and tender but still crisp.
  5. Whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and red pepper flakes. Toss the warm stir fry with peanut sauce.
  6. Serve over rice garnished with chopped peanuts, cilantro and scallions.