One of my easiest and cheap mid-week go-to meals that the whole family enjoy has to be a stir fry. Stir fry’s are so versatile, you can use any vegetable / meat substitute and you can adjust flavours to suit you.
Mastering your stir fry
Stiry fry’s are easy and the trick to mastering your stir fry is to get your oil hot before adding your ingredients. For this you need an oil that will reach a high smoking point like groundnut oil, and a good wok.
You will need to work out which vegetables need a little longer i.e. broccoli and carrots are firmer so will need to go in the pan before the leafy vegetables. Also, you could brown any spices and remove before adding your other ingredients then add them again near the ned to prevent them burning. I like to mix my garlic and ginger into my soy sauce in stir frys, it keeps the strong flavour.
When you have had a busy day at work, you come home tired and your children run up to you saying “what’s for tea” as soon as you walk through the door, a stir fry using pre-prepared vegetables is perfect. If you can plan ahead and prepare your vegetables in advance, then I recommend this… but if you are like me and a little last minute at times, then the pre-prepared stir fry mixes in the supermarket are very handy and usually a good price.
I do prefer a stir fry using fresh vegetables that I prepare myself, some of our favourites are Chinese leaf, beansprouts, carrots, tenderstem broccoli, peppers, baby corn and mangetout.
I have uploaded a recipe for a quick stir-fry using pre-prepared vegetables, but at the weekend I will make another type of stir fry which will be using fresh vegetables – this will be added to our main dishes.
As all my dishes need to be gluten free due to an intolerance, rice noodles are perfect for this dish. You can get the ribbon noodles or the fine noodles. Also, Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce is a perfect alternative to normal soy sauce. I make all my sauces from fresh but if you like the packaged sauces, always check the ingredients.
Please click here for the recipe for the Easy Rice Noodle Lo Mein dish which if you have the time goes perfectly with our Garlic Chilli Mushroom dish below