Simple Stir Fry – Earth Day Veggie Recycling!

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Sometimes my collection of veggie bits and pieces starts to take over my fridge. When this happens, I whip out the wok and throw in all of the leftover, lonely veggies I can find and make this simple stir fry. Much better than having to throw things out because you just don’t get to them. I have little baggies of veggie scraps that I know I am going to use some how, some way soon.

I didn’t used to be this way. I didn’t used to save a one inch chunk of onion, or the little sword of carrot that remains after using the veggie peeler all over it. In fact, we (my sister and I primarily) would make fun of my grandmother for all of her little plastic containers with 5 peas inside, or how she would incessantly scrape all of the butter off of the paper wrapping. She has transitioned but she left her need to use every last bit here with me on Earth.

Now, don’t get me wrong. She was WAY better at it than I am, but I do try, and for that I think she would be very proud. So on Earth Day, make the commitment to reduce your food waste, as well as other waste. I am personally going to conquer plastic water bottles this year!

Simple Stir Fry Recipe

Gather:

  • Whatever veggies are in your fridge! Onions, broccoli, snap peas, carrots, zucchini, cabbage, peppers, etc.
  • Braggs Amino Spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1/4 cup of low sodium veggie broth
  • Wok or a large pan

Create:

The key to stir frying is to make sure the pan is hot enough. Since no oil is used, essentially you are steaming the vegetables instead of frying them, but they taste just as great. The next issue is the length of cooking time required for each type of vegetable and your preference for “doneness.” For instance, some people only like their peppers very soft. I like mine a bit more on the raw side. This will be a factor when it comes to the order in which you add your veggies. I usually put the carrots in first as I like those to cook a lot more than the other things I add. Save things like spinach for last as it will wilt quickly.

Make sure you cover your pan while cooking to get a good amount of steam going. When everything is ready, add the chili paste, a few sprays of the Braggs and mix. Pour into a large bowl and top with a few sesame seeds (optional).

Revise:

Of course you can serve this on brown rice, but if you are doing the 6 week plan, you may want to omit the rice. For the most part, you will not really miss it as long as you have plenty of vegetables. Other options are to add minced garlic or beans. At one of my favorite restaurants, they have a tri-bean blend (black, garbanzo, and soy) that goes into all of my dishes I get there. For some reason, I have not tried it at home yet, but it is on my to do list. Happy Earth Day! ~Amanda Rae

The earth is what we all have in common.  Wendell Berry

 

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