This week is already busy and its only Wednesday! School officially started yesterday and I have all my assignments written in my calendar so I stay on top of everything. Tonight I had a hankering for a little Asian cuisine so I went to the grocery store and picked up the goodies. *Side note* It bothers me when people say making their own dinner cost too much money, let me say I spent about $16 on this meal and we have enough for another night, granted I did have a couple of things at home already. Panda Express is not an option, unless you are asking for clogged arteries, you can make this in about 35 minutes and have a delicious, fresh dinner. On the plus side you also won’t be eating food that has been sitting in food warmers gathering bacteria and possibly subjecting you to food poisoning, or even the runs. *Side note over*
So now you know that this meal is 10X’s better than for you then fast food, it still is high in sodium and believe it or not, but it does have sugar too. When I bought the soy sauce I thought I got the low sodium one, but I didn’t, silly me. So don’t pull a Ellie and buy the full sodium soy sauce. Alright I guess I will give you ingredients to make the my Fry of the Stir:
- 5 oz of soy sauce (I used about half a bottle and the one I bought was 10 oz)
- 6 TBSP of brown sugar
- 1 TBSP fresh shredded ginger
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 teaspoon of cornstarch water mix, or what I call slush, follow the box instructions. (Don’t use a lot, I use about half of that mix because you don’t want a chalky texture)
- Some pepper
- A good spoonful of garlic
- 2 good pinches of chopped cilantro
- Sriracha! I used probably 6 TBSP of the chili goodness, maybe more, spice to your taste though.
Veggies: this time I used these, it changes every time I make it.
- Red bell pepper
- Green beans
- Red onion
- Yellow squash
- 1 can of organic salt free garbanzo beans
- Chicken (for my husband)
- Rice! DUH!
So I diced the veggies, and threw them in the pan with some garlic and just a little EVOO, then I started making the sauce. Now, I don’t really have an order on what to do first however starting with the soy sauce would be good! Then I just kind throw everything in to taste, honestly coming up with measurements was a little hard since I make it as I go. This is the soy sauce I used to make the sauce and it taste pretty good, but I did notice that it is VERY salty, I can tell the difference in this brand.
After the sauce is hot, mixed and to your liking, I started making the veggies. When they are about half way cooked I add some of the sauce to the veggies and let it simmer. Remember not to drench the veggies or else they will get soggy. When I serve the meal that is when I pour extra sauce on top. The last thing I added to my veggie are some garbanzo beans. Weird? Well, I wanted to add something that will fill me up more and lately its all that sounds good. Don’t forget to make the rice! I start it when I make the veggies. And there you go! Now it’s not Panda Express, ITS BETTER 🙂
If you want to add chicken or shrimp that would be good too, just cook it in the sauce and it would be just as good!
I love cooking with color I think it is my motto.
May your bellys be happy and your hearts be healthy!