The school year has officially started, and I officially do not have time for big, elaborate dinners. Three nights a week I am eating dinner after 7:30 and barely finding the energy to make my next day's lunch. J's schedule isn't much better. But we're making time for pizza on Friday nights, and I'm hoping to spend my Sundays making bread and soup...life is still good.
During the week though, I like fast, single-serving meals, using ingredients we always have on hand. For this dish, I always use things that we have already cooked (like rice or tofu), or things that are frozen (corn, vegetables), or stuff that we just always have (onion). The rest of it is shelf stable. That way, there is no planning involved.
I like that this is always a little different, and I never get sick of it. It tastes so good! And it is super easy. I use low-sodium soy sauce and put in as many veggies as possible to keep it healthy.
Trust your gut when it comes to proportion...you know your tastes best!
Simple Stir Fry
Take your pick(s) in each of the following categories. (My favorites are bold.)
[onion, garlic, ginger root]
[broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, brussels sprouts, green beans, bell peppers, sugar snap peas]
[rice, corn, green peas, barley]
[egg, edamame, tofu, tempeh, cashews, quinoa, textured vegetable protein]
[sesame seeds, green onions]
Seasonings (all essential)
[soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic powder, powdered ginger, sriracha sauce]
1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium and add the aromatic vegetables. Sauté until they begin to turn translucent. Add in the vegetables, with the ones that need to cook the longest going in first. Pour in a little soy sauce and rice vinegar.
2. Sprinkle with garlic powder and ginger and mix in. If you're having an egg, crack it over the vegetables and scramble it in. Cook until vegetables are heated through and fork tender (and egg is cooked).
3. Stir in your starches and protein and leave heat on until entire dish is heated through. Stir in sriracha sauce and transfer to a dish. Top with garnishes of choice.
P.S. I'd love to hear your quick dinner ideas in the comments!!