Stir fry recipes are delightful, simple to cook, yet so many variations can be made! With one simple set of directions, many different combinations can be made to fill up your weekly meal plan! They fit into a summer plan, because they can be filled with summer veggies, and cooked in an electric skillet, allowing your kitchen to remain cool!
They can also suit those winter months, by being piled on top of your favorite grain, when the cold just makes you want a heavier meal! Whatever the weather, they offer a fun meal for Stir Friday and a great lifestyle solution for healthy eating!
Those of you that are experts know that no recipe is ever the same, but here is a generic recipe that you can modify to your heart’s content!
Choose meat of choice and chop it into small cubes:
Chicken, Beef, Pork, Vegan chicken choice, Tofu, or Bratwursts, are all great choices. Add the amount of meat that you like to your pan or electric skillet. I use 1/2 pound to 1 pound of meat for 3 to 4 people. I use a 16 inch electric skillet almost daily. It is one pan that I could not do without! It contains no Teflon! Season the meat with pepper, ginger, or any spice that you love. I like to add more spices than recipes call for. I would add 2 t. of ginger or grate fresh ginger in with your meat. Add 1/4 cup of garlic. You can use the chopped jarred garlic, if you are lazy! Add a small amount of sesame oil and stir fry the meat for a few minutes, until it is done. Remove meat from your pan.
Choose vegetable choices and chop them into small cubes:
Great choices are sliced onions, sliced different colored peppers, diced celery, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, broccoli slaw, asparagus, green beans, really any veggie you love will do! Many times I simply pull all of my veggies out of the refrigerator and choose several that seem like they will go together! Sometimes I choose all of them and sometimes just a couple. Chop all veggies separately into bite size pieces. I always stir fry each veggie separately! This is the first secret to great stir fry success, because each veggie cooks differently.
Add each veggie to the pan, and add a small amount of water (1/4 to 1/2 cup), rather than more oil. This allows you to avoid calories. Cook each of your veggie types until they are still crispy, and then remove each to a bowl. Next, next, next, until you are done cooking all of your choices. This takes a bit longer, but mushy vegetables are revolting, and none cook exactly the same!
Choose Sauce and Herbs:
When all of your meat and veggies are done, add everything back into the pan and reheat for a couple of minutes. Add either a pre-made sauce like any of Yoshida’s sauces, or add a bit of low salt soy sauce and water. I actually just love the taste of the veggies and no sauce. Add in chopped fresh herbs at this point. This is the second secret to great stir fry success. Fresh Herbs! Cilantro and Basil are delicious, but any herb can work. Try them all and pick your favorite. Mix it all up and heat through.
Serve over your choice of any cooked whole grain:
Serve with brown rice, whole wheat noodles, quinoa, couscous, or just plain with a side salad and crusty bread! I often add some fresh Yakisoba noodles with the herbs and heat them through for even more variety.
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