Posts tagged ‘Bok Choy’

June 23, 2011

Green

It comes in many forms.

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Strings, pods, leaves, stalks, florets…

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And green steak!  We used some Yeehaw tenderloin for this meal.  We are probably the only people that use high quality steak to stir fry, but when you use meat as a garnish, you can use the good stuff!  It’s automatic portion control.  And it’s better for your health and the environment to eat a primarily plant based diet!  Go green!

This stir fry took about 15 minutes to make.  I washed and chopped my garden fresh green, plus some baby carrots and onion.  Steve pan fried the steak and then we tossed in the veg.  We finished it off with teriyaki, hoisin, and peanut butter.  Served on a bed of buckwheat soba.  So fast I didn’t even have time to set the table!

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How are you going green?

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April 27, 2011

Perfecting the Stir Fry

I really wanted to improve the last stir fry I made.  I knew it was verging on perfect and just wanted it to get there already.  I’d say we got it just about right tonight.  I doubt I would ever call something I make, perfect, but it was darn good and definitely improved from before.

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Tonight’s combo:

  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • water chestnuts (awesome addition)
  • bamboo
  • tempeh (instead of steak)
  • buckwheat soba noodles (first time for these…loved them!)

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In the sauce:

  • 5 heaping plops of pepper jelly (compliments of Kristi this time, yum!)
  • 5 large splashes soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin

Hope you enjoy those very specific measurements.

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Overall improvements:

  1. Less veggie prep by using canned bamboo shoots and water chestnuts.
  2. Simplified the veggie selection overall giving the meal a more true Asian stir fry taste.
  3. Adding the broccoli last!  Lightly steamed and I would consider this perfect.
  4. More pepper jelly for kick with sweetness.
  5. Soba noodles!  A unique flavor and nice texture.  I love trying out new grain products.

Such a good feeling to make improvements to an old favorite.

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And in case you are wondering why my water has a purple tint to it, it’s Mio.  I had a coupon so I tried berry pomegranate and it was surprisingly good.  It really is fun that you can make it exactly the way you want it.  I like just a little splash for flavor and the color is festive too.  And I’m not going to lie, watching the color swirl around in my glass was pretty fun too.  Usually I try to curb spending on items like this because they aren’t really necessary and can add up fast.  However, with a coupon and the ability to only use little bits, making it last longer, makes it less painful.  Be right back

Sleeping half-moonI’m off to read Eclipse!  I started it over a year ago and then somehow put it down and never finished it.  So sad because it’s excellent.  And it’s getting good…

Do you constantly tweak your meals and recipes each time you make them?  Or do you change it up every time?