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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stir Fry


Not too many of my children are big fans of veggies. I think I have 2-3 that ENJOY eating them. That doesn't mean that I never fix them, because MARK MY WORDS, THEY ARE FIXED AND EATEN....just not "eaten by choice" at times. Since I only have 2 children left living at home and both of them like veggies (for the most part), I can experiment with them a little more and even serve them as a main dish from time to time. One of my families favorite foods are Chinese Foods...we like them all, Orange Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Egg Rolls, Chow Mien, Won ton's...the list could go on. One of my favorite ways to eat vegetables is to make Chinese Stir Fry. I like to add alot of veggies and then serve them over steamed rice or Chinese Noodles (not the dry ones, the "real thing"). Dinner is delicious, healthy and done in 15 minutes or less. No need to fuss and sweat about dinner tonight...grab some veggies and have at it.

Stir Fry
*Note...there will be NO ingredient amounts on this recipe because you cook as much or as little as you like...
using what veggies your family enjoys (or will eat under protest)

Vegetable suggestions:
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots 
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Onions
Peppers
Egg Plant
Yellow Squash
          (you get the idea)

1-2 package of Chinese Stir Fry Noodles (cooked according to package instructions)
1 bottle of Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce 
Soy Sauce

Chop/slice all vegetables up into medium sized pieces. Don't dice them into small pieces or they will cook to mush, medium slices and chunks are best. Add 2 T. Oil to  a Wok or large frying pan and heat until HOT. Add all HARD veggies (not mushrooms or egg plant) and cook for 4-5 minutes until vegetables are cooked slightly BUT not mushy, add soft veggies and cook for 2-3 minutes longer or until soft vegetables are slightly cooked. Remove from heat and place vegetables in a large bowl, cover and set aside. 
Wipe out pan with paper towel. Add a small amount of oil to pan and heat until HOT. Add cooked noodles and some of the Stir Fry Sauce (the amount is "to taste"...some in my family like ALOT of sauce and others like a small amount). Cook noodles and sauce for 2-3 minutes, just long enough to combine them and heat them through (again, not too long or it will go mushy). IF you want to, you can add the vegetables back in with the noodles and sauce and cook them together, which is VERY tasty. BUT if you just want to put your cooked vegetables on top of your noodles on the individual plates, that is just as delicious. Add Soy Sauce if desired. EAT UP!

*If you want to add meat to this dish, I've done that before and its YUMMY too. We've added cooked chicken, thin slices of left over steak or pork chops...its really good as well. Just experiment and cook it the way your family will eat it. 

Happy Cooking~
Julie

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