Stir Fry To Die For

Stir Fry To Die For

Tonight’s dinner was so amazing! I went all out on the meat (hoison marinated pork tenderloin), budget on the veggies and pre made on the sauces but who cares? It was delicious and that is what is most important. My belly feels like it might explode! I am so full. Okay here is what I did:

First, I got my prep cook and cut up all the veggies and the meat. The meat, of course, I sliced super thin. Here is my prep cook:

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Veggies and meat are now cut.

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There are a few things that I didn’t pull out of the fridge til after this was shot like tomatoes and bean sprouts. Now the sauces:

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Of course the main sauce was still in the cupboard when I took this. I use the stir fry sauce you can get from any supermarket. I think it is Kikoman. Same brand as the soy sauce and rice vinegar. Notice the soy sauce as well as the liquid aminos. I have a gluten freebie in my house so we have cut as much soy from her diet as possible as well as gluten. In fact, my prep cook, is the one who struggles with gluten.

Next, heat the pan to super hot with oil already in it then drop in some onions, green peppers, red peppers, and celery.

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Let those cook while stirring till they start to change color and look translucent. Add in your big veggies like broccoli, carrots (if you like em), snap peas, etc. Add a few tablespoons of water. I continually add water (A tablespoon or two at a time) while I am cooking to keep everything steaming and to keep that stir fry noise nice and loud throughout. After a few minutes, add the fast cooking stuff like mushrooms, bean sprouts, etc. Cook for just a few more minutes and remove it all from the pan. Now add some of your meat to the pan and cook on both sides about 2 minutes total

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then add all the veggies back to it. Add a smidge more water if you need to. It is now that you add the last few items like noodles and tomatoes if you like em. I like tomatoes in my stir fry. I have been told that is weird. Whatever.

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Cook for just about one more minute and add the stir fry sauce to taste. I also added a smidge of sesame oil and a smidge on rice vinegar. I dished it up.

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Added a few drops of fish sauce. Let me tell you! This dinner was A MAZE ING!

Post note:

I usually add yellow squash and zucchini to my stir fry and I am not sure why I didn;t this time. I guess I forgot but that is another way to beef it up and stretch it out. I like the way the zucchini and squash take up the flavor of the stir fry. It is usually a nice addition.

Been A While!

Been A While!

Good day to you! I have been so busy lately that food has taken a backseat for me in my house. We have been unenjoying such delicacies as grilled cheese and tomato soup and bbqed hamburgers and hot dogs while I have been finishing up the year of school with my kids. I have also written my first novel and am hoping and praying to get it published! Update on that later. I have a brand new book idea that has taken hold of my ability to concentrate even while part two of my first novel awaits all of my attention. I foresee my summer being full of writing, and putting next year’s curriculum together. I will try, I promise to cook some delicious foods and post pictures and directions so you all can drool and then make them yourselves. By the way, if you do decide to make anything I post and you love it, let me know. If you hate it, I suppose let me know that, too.

Tonight I will be stir frying. Stir fry is one of my favorite dinners but we don’t get it often cuz it can get costly. One would think that produce is cheaper than buying ready-made meals but let me tell ya, it adds up. It doesn’t help that I am using hoison marinated pork loin for the meat, though. That alone was $5.99 a pound. For my family of five I bought about 3-4 pounds. Yikes! But we don’t splurge often so it’s okay to do it sometimes. It doesn’t have to be expensive, though. If you are on a tight budget, you could easily use chicken and whatever veggies are on sale. Farmer’s market season is almost here! Get the veggies from them for less and they are healthier! I can’t wait!

I’ll post tonight the process and the deliciousness of my stir fry oh and pot stickers. No stir fry would be complete without them.

Have a great day!