I love to go out to eat! I mean who doesn’t? The atmosphere, the socialization, the delicious food that is nothing like you can make at home, right? Wrong! You have the ability to create great tasting, quick meals that can compare to restaurant food with less sodium, more nutrition, and even better a few more coins left the in the pocket.
Besides the nutritional and monetary benefits of eating at home you can also bring your family and friends together to enjoy camaraderie and fellowship.
So break out your pots and pans and your imagination and let’s get started.
What do you like? Fish, beef, chicken, vegetarian? Sweet, spicy, sweet and spicy, sweet and sour? Lots of different veggies, one vegetable, none? Noodles, rice, etc. You can do anything you like and make it healthy and fun. Make any number of combinations to please almost everyone.
1 lb flank steak
Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.
Pineapple, Water chestnuts, mandarin oranges, etc.
Brown rice (there are a couple of tricks)
Sauce: Sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, peanut butter, pineapple juice, be creative…
Slice the meat into bite-sized pieces (against the grain) and marinate for about 15 minutes in a mixture of soy sauce, minced garlic, and water. This is a quick process to add another layer of flavor.
While the meat is marinating work on the vegetables, chop the veggies into bite sized pieces and blanch in boiling water.
Now we are ready to Wok and roll…. Heat a large round bottomed skillet with a couple of tablespoons of oil. When the oil is very hot but not smoking add the meat in batches and cook to almost done. Remove meat from pan and reheat. Add veggies and cook quickly until crisp tender. Add meat, veggies, fruit, water chestnuts, and toss to combine.
Serve over brown rice (either made in the oven or I use the frozen brown rice from the local market)
For the sauce you can mix any number of items together to make a delicious addition. I like sesame oil, soy sauce, pineapple rum sauce, water, and garlic blended together.
Peanut butter + soy sauce+ wasabi powder+ water= peanut sauce
Peaches (pureed) +soy sauce+ peach nectar= peach sauce
More to come…