So, the problem with going out of town for 4 days is trying to eat up all the food in the house the can potentially spoil while we’re gone. In our case, it was tons of fresh veggies. We pretty much leave all our meats in the freezer until we’re ready to use them, so that wasn’t an issue. There was a good deal of veggies we didn’t use and when we returned, it was starting to look a bit… peaky. So now what?
Enter Stir Fry!
There is absolutely nothing scientific or specific about a stir fry recipe. Seriously, grab every vegetable in your house, add some meat, chop it all up and saute in a huge frying pan or, if you have one, a wok.
In my case, our “recipe” was as follows:
1.5 lbs pork cut onto “thumb size” chunks
3 bunches broccoli
1/2 head of cauliflower
4-5 cloves of garlic (to taste)
1 can water chestnuts
1 can baby corn
4-5 stalks celery
8 oz mushrooms
Low sodium soy sauce
Rice or pasta
I chopped everything into bite size pieces in advance. This makes it way easier when dumping them all into the frying pan.
Heat up enough oil (your preference, I used corn oil) to cover the bottom of the frying pan. Throw the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in to saute. When the onions look cooked “enough” to you, throw the pork chunks in to cook. Alternately, you could cook them separately, but I opted to cook them with the veggies to absorb all those delicious flavors.
At this point, my frying pan was too small. Good thing I have an electric wok within reach. Everything got tossed into the wok, along with the cauliflower, broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms and water chestnuts. I liberally shook the soy sauce over the entire mixture and put the lid on to simmer until the veggies are cooked to your liking.
My secret ingredient is to sprinkle brown sugar over the mixture just before serving. It makes the entire thing both savoy and sweet.
Serve over rice or pasta.
Enjoy your creation!