Do you ever come home after a long day (from work, from the beach, the pool, the mall, or from running a million errands!) and realize you really had nothing “planned” for dinner? It usually hits me after my son asks the cringe-worthy question “what’s for dinner?”. My initial response (in my head anyway) is “you’re kidding me, right?”, but being the super-mom I try to be (cough) I reply “I’m just going to throw something together, I’ll let you know when dinner is ready”. And then … I desperately (!) start searching through my refrigerator and pantry – high and low – for anything that will pass as ‘healthy & satisfying’!
If you’re like me, you always have some veggies laying around in your crisper drawer. Especially in the summer! I mean, there is nothing better than beautiful, bright, crisp vegetables! Right?!
But… what if you only have a handful of assorted slightly limp, not so bright and definitely not so beautiful vegetables that you had forgotten about laying at the bottom of that ‘crisper drawer’? The answer is easy: Stir Fry them!! Those not-so-perfect veggies come alive when thrown together over high heat with just the right herbs and spices! And the best part… it only takes a few minutes to prep and cook! Now you have time to wash all that sand and salt out of your hair! Bonus!
Chopped Assorted Vegetables (Broccoli, Peppers, Celery, Scallions, String Beans, Carrots, Kale, Spinach, etc, etc, etc.)
Chopped (fresh) Ginger
Raw Cashews (or other nuts, if you have them on hand)
Sesame Oil (or Coconut Oil if sesame is too strong for your taste)
Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
Chopped (fresh) Basil
** Heat 2 TBS oil in saute pan. Add minced garlic and chopped ginger- stir until golden and fragrant. Add scallions and saute an additional minute. Add vegetables – starting with most hearty (broccoli, carrots) and let cook for about 2 to 3 minutes before adding the rest of what you have on hand; keeping spinach (or kale) and the nuts for last. When all vegetables are in the pan, sprinkle a few dashes of Bragg’s AA to bring out the flavors. (The total time should be no more than 10 minutes over the flame. You want the dish to be full of flavor and have a bit of a crispiness to the vegetables).
Now, call the kids in … dinner is ready!