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[Recipe] Oven stir fry

Guess what?

Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner.

The reasons are varied….

There are days I’m just too damn tired to even THINK about what to cook.

Other times I’m not prepared. Or, what I do have prepped just doesn’t excite me.

Often, I just don’t want to deal with a pile of dishes at the end.

The cooking part can be fun. The cleaning up part can totally suck the fun right out of you.

Can you relate, *|FNAME|*?

I love to cook. Don’t get me wrong.

But, in the hectic of day to day work, house chores, yard maintenance, chicken care, errands and everything else I’m ok with being a lazy cook and making it as easy as possible on myself.

I recently discovered Oven Stir Fry which totally rocked my world and spoke immediately to my lazy cooking ways.

The only dishes are:
1 cutting board
1 knife
1 pan
1 wooden spoon
1 small bowl
Rice cooker
2 bowls and 2 forks (If Mister Wes and I don’t eat directly out of the pan. It’s happened.)Plus, aside from cutting veggies and mixing some sauce it’s pretty much hands off. Throw all the goods in to a deep pan, stir, bake, eat.Oh, and there’s leftovers.Winner, winner, stir fry dinner!

 

Oven Stir Fry
(Recipe note: The beauty of stir fries (and similar dishes) is that you can use a recipe as a guide but then tweak and adjust the ingredients based on your taste and what you have lingering in the fridge. This recipe is very approximate as I literally threw in what I had, mixed a sauce and shoved it in the oven. Trust you instincts and have fun with it! Just make sure all your ingredients fit into your pan.)

Ingredients (This is what I had on hand. Adjust as needed)

2 chicken breasts, cut into smaller than bit sized pieces (I do this to stretch what may not seem like much meat for my meat-loving husband. Sneaky, huh?)
1 medium red onion, sliced
2-3 medium carrots, sliced into bite sized pieces
1-2 crowns broccoli, cut into florets
big handful of green beans, cut in half

 

For the sauce
1/4 cup tamari
drizzle of toasted sesame oil
splash of hot sauce
a few shakes of turmeric
pinch of salt and some fresh pepper
1-2 tablespoons arrowroot powders (this is an excellent alternative to corn starch for thickening sauces and gravies)
water as needed

 

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Throw all your ingredients into a deep sided pan. I use a lasagna pan.
  3. Make your sauce in a small bowl by whisking together all the ingredients. Give it a taste and adjust as needed. If it’s too salty add some water. But, remember you want it to be pretty strong. Once it gets mixed throughout your veggies and meat the taste will become less strong.
  4. Toss your veggies and meat with the sauce. Cover your pan with foil or a lid and put into the oven.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes and then check to see if your meat is done. I would suggest giving it all a toss about halfway through. If the meat is not done through, put it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. If you want to brown the tops of the veggies a bit you can remove the foil or lid for the final 5 minutes of cooking.
  6. Top with toasted almonds and serve over rice, noodles or my favorite…..boiled cabbage for a grain free options. Seriously, it’s delicious!

Recipe adapted from The Yummy Life

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Comments { 2 } · Posted on April 21, 2015 in Healthy Recipes

On the Fly 7-Minute Stir Fry

I’m in the middle of my 4th move in less than 18 months. Yeah, you heard that right. My 4th MOVE! Thank goodness this will be my final move for a VERY, very, very long time.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mr. Wes and I recently bought our neighbors house and are slowly but surely moving in. The houses are only about 100 feet apart so moving is a very manual process of shuffling things into the new place. Good thing Mr. Wes is so industrious and created this handy “moving van” with a built in clothes rack!

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It’s when he gets a little too industrious and suggests putting together a 9-hole golf course to entertain our wedding guests that I have to step in and put on the breaks.

But, I digress.

When things get crazy like this eating well can feel impossible, even for the most dedicated healthy eater. Yes, this girl included! Earlier this week, after endless hours of painting and cleaning I was starving and needed lunch FAST. I opened the fridge and was at a total loss. I had cooked brown rice. Boooring! I opened the freezer and found a bag of organic mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots and green beans) and immediately thought of the “stir fry” my mom would whip up in a pinch when I was a kid. Ok, I admit….she made this for me just a few months ago.

Why 7- minute stir fry? Because, let’s be honest. Anyone who says they can cook something GOOD in 5 minutes or less is full of it.

So, instead of grabbing the cereal box take a few extra minutes and turn on the stove. Trust me, this is way better than a bowl of fruit loops and you’ll be back in action in no time at all!

This recipe can be made simply (as I’ve done below) or made more complex by using fresh veggies, more spices etc. Either way it’s a great basis for a quick and simple meal. So, when hunger strikes, the kids are whining or your other half is asking “is dinner ready yet?” whip up this stir fry and everyone will be oh so happy!

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On the Fly 7-Minute Stir Fry

Ingredients
1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
1 cup frozen organic veggies (stir fry veggies, broccoli and cauliflower, corn, peas, carrots and green beans. Whatever tickles your fancy)
1 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa (Get in the habit of always having cooked grains in your fridge. They are perfect for a quick meal!)
2 eggs, beaten
Drizzle of tamari (This is real soy sauce. San-J brand recommended)
Drizzle of toasted sesame oil, optional
Pinch of crushed red pepper, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once hot add the frozen veggies and sautee until they beging to defrost and soften. Add the rice and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until everything is cooked through and hot. 
  2. Push the rice and veggies to one side of the pan. Add another drizzle of olive oil and add your eggs. Give them a stir with a fork and let them cook for about 1 minute or so. Before they get too dry mix them in with the rice and veggie mixture until everything is well combined.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the tamari, sesame oil and crushed red pepper. Stir until incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Do you have a quickie meal that is a stand-by in your kitchen? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

Comments { 0 } · Posted on June 28, 2013 in General, Healthy Recipes