The girls chopped all the veggies while I was on a conference call. That'll help get dinner on the table!
I like my stir fries to be about 2/3 veggie to 1/3 meat, but you can use whatever ratio you prefer. I used asparagus and mushrooms here but you can use whatever veggies you like: green beans, bok choy, broccoli, peppers, etc.
For the stirfry:
2 tbsps of peanut oil
1/2 a large yellow onion, sliced
2 bunches of asparagus, ends snapped and cut on the bias
1 lb of white mushrooms, ends trimmed, quartered
2 cloves of garlic, minced
one 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1-1.5 lbs of lean beef (whatever you like for stir-fry) sliced into thin strips and seasoned with salt and WHITE pepper (you can use shrimp or chicken or lamb, too)
For the sweet and sour sauce (adapted from the January issue of Everyday Food):
Whisk together in a small bowl and set aside
1/4 cup each: white vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, cane sugar
Heat peanut oil a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat until it starts smoking. Add the onion, asparagus and mushroom and stir fry for about 3 minutes, until asparagus is tender-crisp. Add the garlic and ginger, fry for a minute more (no longer) and remove veggies to a large bowl. Add meat to the pan and fry until browned, about 4 minutes for beef. Add the veggies back in. Whisk the sauce and add to the pan stirring constantly until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve over white or brown rice. Serves 4.
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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Tonight I made one of my family's favorite meals. J. had leftover barbecued tri-tip and asparagus with his salad since he tries to avoid carbs, but he couldn't resist a bowl of bolognese on its own. It's like Italian chili! The rest of the week is a little topsy-turvy because family is in town and the girls have Thursday and Friday off.
I think I'll spend the rest of the week cooking things for the freezer so that we have yummy things on hand for when the Bundle is born.
Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese (but made with ground turkey), butter lettuce salad with strawberry tomatoes and goat cheese. Chocolate pudding with whipped cream. (I'm freezing half the sauce.)
The rest of the week, I'm cooking things for the freezer like:
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