Empty Yo’ Fridge Stir FryPosted: April 6, 2011
While this goal is not always met, I do try to eat fruits and veggies with every meal. I am sure my mother will be shocked reading this as eating veggies outside of lettuce and onions at ALL was something I flatly refused to do until well into my 20’s. I know. Anyway, as a result of this, my recipes incorporate often veggies in ways that sometimes are akin to sneaking carrots in mashed potatoes to a 2-year old. Whatever works right?
This recipe lends itself well to another food goal of mine: to try to eat the rainbow. Sounds cheesy yes but by incorporating a wide variety of colors via produce into your diet you are ensuring a wealth of vitamins and nutrients. And it also means you can empty your fridge into a pan-full of healthy scrumptuousness. Whatever veggies you have or you love, chop ’em up, the more the merrier. You can also choose between brown rice or whole wheat udon noodles for this recipe depending on if you want a Lo Mein style dish or a fried rice. If you want to add protein, go for it but know that the veggie version has plenty of plant and whole grain protein to satisfy nutritional needs. Whatever you choose, don’t be scared, just do it. This one is pretty much foolproof and will satisfy the pickiest eaters in your house.
Step 1 – Cut your veggies. For Lo Mein julienne (long thin strips) them, for fried rice roughly dice them. For example: 1 package small portobellos, 1/2 red pepper, 1 small onion, 1 cup peas and 1 carrot.
Step 2 – Cook your grains. 1 box Udon Noodles or 1 Cup Brown Rice (will make 2 cups cooked) prepared according to package instructions. Brown rice takes 40 minutes so if you can cook up a batch over the weekend, this will come together even faster.
Step 3 – Make your sauce. In a bowl mix: 4 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 1 Tsp minced ginger, 2 Tsp Hot Chilli Sauce, 1/2 Cup water.
Step 4 – Put it in a pan. Get your biggest pan and add 1 Tbsp peanut oil (or vegetable oil) and let it warm over medium high. Add veggies and cook stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until they are soft. Add sauce, stir and let it thicken up a bit for about 1-2 minutes. Add grain and mix until everything is evenly coated with sauce and heated through.
If you want to get fancy about it, sprinkle some chopped peanuts, bean sprouts, or sesame seeds on top.