Want a delicious, healthy, and quick meal for your family tonight? Stir fry is the way to go!!! Not only is it a healthy and quick meal, it is also very easy on the wallet.
You want to start by washing and chopping all of your vegetables. This can be a little time consuming, but is well worth it. If you are really crunched on time though, you can always purchase a bag of pre-cut and pre-washed stir fry vegetables. They are usually located in the salad section of the produce department. If you go this route, this meal is literally a 10 minute meal to make.
My local grocery store had a killer deal on veggies this week, so I opted to go this route and cut my own. Plus, you can customize your ingredients more this way. You can add more of the veggies your family loves, and eliminate what they don’t care for.
Once your veggies are all cut up (including garlic, onion, and ginger) set them aside.
Next, you want to start sauteing the garlic, onion, and ginger in some extra virgin olive oil.
Once you start smelling the aroma of the garlic, onion, ginger mixture, it is time to add your protein of choice. I am using beef this time. However, chicken and shrimp also do wonderfully with this recipe. If you choose shrimp though, only saute them until they turn a light pink, then pull them out and add them back in during the last couple minutes of frying. If you do not do this,the shrimp will be overcooked and rubbery.
Once the meat is fully cooked, add your mixture of vegetables.
Once you add the vegetables, you can add your stir fry sauce of choice. To save time with this recipe, I am using a bottled stir fry sauce. I typically use a sauce called Maggie Gin’s. My grocery store was out of that one today though, so decided to try this one. It was also very delicious, but would stick with Maggie Gin’s if it was available.
Once you add the sauce, give your vegetable/meat mixture a good stir. Then, simply finish frying until the vegetables are done to the consistency that you like. My family prefers ours to have a little crunch yet in the middle. For that type of finish on your vegetables, I usually cook for an additional 5-7 minutes after adding them to the meat mixture.
Once everything is cooked how you like it, serve over a bed of rice. Basmati rice is my first choice with stir fry. It has a wonderful “nutty” flavor to it and goes really well with this dish.
If you are looking for a tasty side to serve with this meal, check out my Cream Cheese Won Ton recipe (pictured below). The stir fry is wonderful on its own, but paired with these wonderful treats, you can’t go wrong!!!
**Important** All of vegetables listed below can be customized to your preference. Pick and choose whatever you like/ don’t like. These are approximate measurements and can be adjusted to your taste. The types of vegetables, and ratios given are simply meant to give you a foundation to build on, to eventually make this the perfect combination of vegetables and meat for your family.
Quick Stir Fry
1-1.5 lbs. beef cut into bite size pieces (I typically use chuck steak)
1 cup sliced carrots
1 pint button mushrooms, quartered
1 head of broccoli, cut into bite sized portions
1-2 cups snow pea pods
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium size onion, minced
5 buds of garlic, minced
2-3 Tbsp. ginger root, minced
3-4 ribs of celery, sliced
3 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil (for sauteing)
1 bottle Maggie Gins stir fry sauce
Cut and wash all vegetables and set aside. Saute minced garlic, onion, and ginger in olive oil, Once this mixtures becomes fragrant, add your beef. Continue cooking until beef is cooked through. Add vegetables and stir fry sauce (see bottle directions for how much to use). Continue to cook until the vegetables have reached your desired level of doneness.
Serve over a bed of rice and enjoy!
**Don’t forget the Cream Cheese Won Tons…..