What’s In Your Hand Stir-Fry Recipe (and free books)
This is an easier than it looks, versatile, 'what's in your hand' sort of recipe from on my favorite cookbooks, The Thursday night feast and good plain meals cookbook: Natural foods of the Eastern Hemisphere, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, the Middle East by Sigrid M. Shepard. If you click through that link you'll be shocked at the price. I was. I bought mine for about a quarter at a second hand booksale. I think one reason why it is so hard to find is that the original binding is not strong enough for a book this size, so after a few uses, the pages start falling out. So if you see it somewhere, snap it up quick. I'll be putting mine in plastic page page protectors in a 3 ring binder because the recipes in this book are keepers.
Do not make the mistake of skipping the recipe because you don't like one of the ingredients- there are a lot of alternatives suggested, and there's really not a single ingredient here that cannot be omitted and/or replaced with something you do like.
As I said, this recipe is easier than appears at first glance, but you should read through the entire recipe first, then set out your ingredients, and then begin cooking. This recipe can be adapted for use by vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores.
It's what our 17 y.o. girl made for dinner last night- I'd share a photo, but the meal disappeared in minutes.
Bok Choy (or other greens) Stir Fry
Tools: a good knife; a cutting surface; a wok, large frying pan, or electric skillet; a spoon, spatula, or chopsticks for stirring; and measuring spoons and cups.
6-8 dried mushrooms and 1 cup boiling water (we buy our dried mushrooms at our co-op, and usually get shitake. However, if you don't have or do not like mushrooms, just skip this step and use fresh mushrooms later in the recipe, or no mushrooms at all).
If you are using dried mushrooms, put them in a bowl, pour boiling water over them, set a saucer or lid small enough to fit inside the bowl over the top to hold the shrooms under water. Soak them for 15 minutes to an hour (it's really not that big of a deal which). Squeeze them dry, but reserve the liquid. Remove tough stems, cut each mushrrom into 3 or 4 pieces and set aside for later use.
Meanwhile, while mushrooms are soaking:
3 Tablespoons oil (recipe recommends peanut oil, we use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and if the budget is tight, reserve the fat from other cooking and use that).
Protein: 1 cup cashew nuts OR other nuts OR 1/2 cup sunflower seeds OR 1/4 to 1/2 pound of boneless meat (pork, chicken, or beef) cut into very thin strips (easiest when still slightly frozen). OR tofu OR tempeh
Heat your skillet, wok, or frying pan over high heat. Add oil. Add your choice of protein immediately. If using nuts, cook for 1 or 2 minutes until just brown, remove and set aside for later. If using meat, heat the oil until a haze forms. Add meat and stir-fry for two or 3 minutes until the meat is seared but very slightly pink. Remove from pan and set aside for later.
2 thin slices fresh ginger root, julienned OR 2 teaspoons of Minced Ginger in a jar OR 1/2 to 1 tsp of dried ginger (but this is the least delicious option)
2 green onions, cut into thin, diagonal slices OR 1 small onion, minced or diced small-
Add to hot oil, stir and fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute until they are just tender.
10 to 15 stalks Bok Choy, slicing the stalks into long thin diagonals and cut the leaves (I use kitchen shears) into 2 inch strips
OR any cooking greens at all, cut into 1 inch strips (collards, spinach, kale, Chinese or Napa cabbage, etc)
Optional: 4 water chestnuts, sliced thin OR 2 jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes), peeled and sliced thin
Add bok choy stalks, mushrooms, and water chestnuts or jerusalem artichockes if using, to skillet. Stir and fry just until the stalks are barely tender (2 or 3 minutes). Add leaves or other greens and mix well
3/4 to 1 cup of water from the dried mushrooms OR broth of any sort OR a cup of water with a bouillion cube
2 Tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Amino (we use this because it is wheat free. It is a vegan soy product) OR Tamari sauce (also wheat free)
2 Tablespoons sake OR dry sherry OR rice vinegar
1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
1 to 2 tsp of honey
Mix ingredients for sauce well, add to bok choy and vegetables as soon as possible after adding the leaves or other greens, cover and simmer one minute and remove the lid.
1 tablespoon arrowroot starch OR cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
Mix starch and water well. Push vegetables to one side of skillet or wok. Add thickening to sauce. Stir 30 seconds to 1 minute until sauce thickens. Add nuts or meat. Mix well and cook just until the meat is finished cooking. Serve hot.
Delicious over rice, soba or udon noodles, or couscous. Serves 4. Increase the rice/noodle to stir fry ratio to stretch it to serve 6. Doubles well. Reheats well the 2nd day, but is not that great frozen and reheated.
Fun to cook and eat with friends- you may also enjoy this post about the joys of eating and sharing a meal together.
I reviewed this cookbook and shared other recipes from it here.
For the best prices on ingredients, it helps to have a pricebook. more about that (and using the pricebook to build or strengthen friendships) here.
As is my custom, I like to share a few of the frugal/budget related titles listed for free at Amazon each day. You don't need a Kindle to take advantage of these offers- more about that here.
- 92 Easy Ways to Save Money: Simple, Practical Tips for Saving Money, Getting Out of Debt, Fixing Your Credit, and Living Financially Free
- Traveling With Kids: How to come home with a memory and not a migraine. DeClutter, simplify, and enjoy parenting while traveling. (Travel Well)
- How to Live on 24 Hours a Day- a vintage title I have shared before. It's really about making the most of your time and self-improvement. It's difficult to describe adequately, but I really love this book. I shared a lot from it here, if you'd like a taste before downloading.
- Herb Gardens Made Easy: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Herbs
- How To Compost Manure
- Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond.
- Organic Beauty Products-Create An Eco-Friendly Beauty Regimen On A Budget
- Superfood Gardening Guidebook: The Gardening Book for Healthy Families Who Want To Grow Superfooods From Home (Gardening Guidebooks)
Are you a stay at home mom struggling to find your way? Maybe you just need to find the right hat.=)