Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Haphazard Veggie Stir-Fry

This was my lunch today (no kid-rating for this one). I had just returned from grocery shopping, was running late, and was sooo hungry. I often grab take-out food after shopping (ironic, I know) but am really trying to reduce how often I eat out, so I grabbed my pacer food and set out to prepare something to wow my taste buds. I did get a "wow" but not in a good way. I managed to fix it and got the "wow" I was looking for.

There's no plan, and it's not pretty, except for being pretty rushed before picking up my kids from school. I took a few last-minute pictures, nonetheless.

Ingredients: veggies I had on hand, lo mein noodles, mystery sauce

-carrot stick- shredded, julienned, sliced, whatever - I had bits of all today
-celery stalk-cut (I discovered it isn't easy to julienne celery)
-onion-a wedge chopped
-small garlic clove pressed
-two bok choy leaves
-6 sugar snap peas, cut up
-interesting chive-like sprout-thing growing from a sprouted onion I took too long to use and planted it instead - minced

Mystery Sauce:
2/3 cup of chicken stock
4 T tamari sauce (type of soy sauce)
2 T white wine (the cooking variety)
2 T corn starch

Cook lo-mein as directed (or rice, or favorite pasta or nada). Set aside.

While the noodles are cooking, heat butter oil in pan. Add the harder, denser veggies. Saute for 4-5 min. Then add the remaining veggies for a couple more minutes. Set aside.

Heat some of the mystery sauce in pan. Quickly add the noodles and heat through. Set aside.

(I wouldn't do this next step, again). Heat more sauce and add veggies. Heat through. Put all on plate. Take a bite and say, "Wow! Too much sauce!" Dump noodles and veggies into a sieve and rinse while thinking, "I hope this works." Reheat. Serve. Taste. Much better.

"Is rinsing your food allowed?"
"It is now."
Washed clean like a baptized soul.
The sauce, although good, was salty and strong.

Next time:
If I use the sauce, I'll only use a little on the noodles and leave the veggies in their crispy, savory glory. The veggies were crispy and flavorful all on their own. I may play around with the sauce and experiment with diffferent ingredients.

I think simply adding some tamari or teriaki sauce to the concoction is fine and quicker. I don't need to get all saucy.

1 comment:

  1. This blog is a great idea! I so regret not serving veggies when my kids were little. They pretty much eat none now despite me having evolved to serving them at dinner. Sigh.