It has been ages since I shared any recipes with you guys and I thought it was time to bring food back to the blog. Because really, food makes the world a better place.
My Facebook readers have requested recipes to give them meal time inspiration and so I will do my best to fill that wish over the next little while. Today's post is pretty simple and not all that exciting, but it's what we had for supper last night and it is one of our go to quick meals that I thought would be worth sharing.
Since going gluten/dairy/corn free, take out really isn't an option anymore so it's important to have meals that are quick and easy to throw together. Our two go to quick meals are stir fry and noodles and sauce. Since the noodles and sauce is pretty self explanatory, I thought I would go with the stir fry recipe.
First up, check out what sort of veggies are in your fridge. I almost always have carrots and broccoli on hand but occasionally there are more options in there to make things a little more exciting.
Luckily for us, last nights stir fry got to have leeks, garlic, carrots, celery, red pepper and broccoli. Go me for keeping a well stocked fridge! Or more like, go me for using up old veggies that I had forgotten about.
I usually use yellow onions because they are all I normally have on hand, but I had some old leeks in the crisper that were starting to slime so I decided to use those instead. All you do is cut up your onions, garlic and carrots and saute them in some olive oil until they start to soften.
I usually only add salt, pepper and thyme for my spices but sometimes mix things up and throw in some cumin. Basically, this is where you can go crazy and do whatever you want!
Once those first veggies are softening, throw in the celery and peppers to get them going. If I have mushrooms, they go in at this time too. Mix it all up and enjoy the savoury aroma that is now filling your kitchen.
I love broccoli in my stir fry but you can put any sort of
green vegetable like peas, spinach, green beans, etc. Just be sure to
put the quick cooking things in at the very end, like spinach or peas.
like to put some sort of meat into our stir fry but it really depends
on what is in the fridge. Leftover meat of any kind works well or you
can cook something up special for it. Sausage makes a nice flavourful
addition but it's more of a treat for us since we rarely have it on
hand. Last night I had some leftover steak to use up so I cut it up
small and threw it in with the broccoli. If you don't have any available meat, you can always add eggs.
Once everything is mixed in, cover it for a bit to steam the broccoli and then once everything looks done to perfection, serve! I overcooked ours last night a bit because I timed things badly but it was still tasty. I just usually prefer the veggies with a bit of crunch.
Serve over rice (or quinoa) and ta da! Now you have a lovely healthy dinner that came together in less than 30 minutes. That is my kind of awesome.
Now for me to try and write out the recipe. Keep in mind that I make this amount for 2 people and there is usually some left over. But if you have a family of 6, you'll need to up the quantities.
Quick & Easy Stir Fry
1 medium sized onion (or leek), chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1-2 medium carrots, sliced or chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1-2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt, pepper and thyme to taste
Meat of choice (or eggs)
1 cup rice (uncooked)
Put your rice on to cook. While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, throw in your onions, garlic and carrots. Saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Add salt, pepper and thyme to taste. While the first batch of veggies are cooking, chop your red pepper and celery. Add to wok and stir to combine, cooking for 3-5 minutes. Add broccoli and meat, stir and then cover for a few minutes to steam the broccoli. Check often to make sure it's not burning or overcooking. Once the broccoli is fork tender, remove from heat and serve over rice. Enjoy!
You can alter any of the veggies and feel free to play around with spices or cooking methods. This is just what works for me. If you don't have any meat on hand and want to use eggs, wait until the broccoli is cooked and then add the rice to the veggies. Stir the rice in and then crack two eggs into the middle of the wok and mix everything together. The eggs will cook quickly and then serve!