Extremely Flexible Stir Fry

by April 12, 2012
filed under Life

Extremely Flexible Stir FryThis week’s recipe is odd because it’s more like a group of suggestions that you can follow or ignore as you see fit. As long as you don’t actually, y’know, set fire to it, it should turn out as a tasty, nutritious meal.

Stir fry is…well, it really is as simple as putting everything into a frying pan and stirring it until it’s cooked. How much of each vegetable you include depends on the size of your frying pan or wok, how much stir fry you want to make, and, as always, whether or not you actually like the vegetable in question.

In order to make this ridiculously easy meal even easier, I will share with you some of the tips I’ve learned by trial and error over the years.

First: Vegetables get larger when you cut them up. I don’t know how, but they do. If you think you will need two carrots, start with just one. Use half of an onion instead of a whole one. The more vegetables you are using, the less of each one you should put in. This recipe can grow beyond “leftovers” size very quickly if you’re not careful.

Second: The longer the vegetables stay in the frying pan, the softer they get. Therefore, if you like your onions well-done but your carrots crisp, put the onions in first and save the carrots for later in the cooking process. However, bean sprouts and cashew nuts should always be added very late, or they will turn to mush. If you are including meat, it should be added first, to ensure it is cooked through (and absorbs all the tasty flavors around it).

Third: If your veggies are sticking to the pan, do not add more oil. Just add a splash of water, or a bit more sauce.

Stir Fry:

Your choice of vegetables and/or meat.

Good choices include:
Red or Green Peppers
Snow Peas
Baby Corn
Bean Sprouts
Water Chestnuts
Cashew Nuts
Bok Choy
Veggie meats (faux chicken works especially well)

Your Choice of Spice(s):

Good choices include:
Chinese Five Spice Mix
Garlic Powder
Curry Powder
Black Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper
Sesame Seeds

Your Choice of Sauce:

Good choices include:
Teriyaki Sauce
Soy Sauce
Hoisin Sauce
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Golden Dragon brand Stir Fry Sauce

Put your chosen ingredients into a frying pan with a splash of water to generate steam, and stir until they are cooked enough to suit you. Serve on rice, rice noodles or alone.

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