Pretty Green Stir-fry

Our CSA this week contained more or less what I had said it would – tatsoi, little purple-green lettuce, garlic chives, spring onions, fresh oregano, and pak choi. Lots of greens. We did do a stir-fry, in the end, just because it was so tempting – all those greens! So we used all the ingredients listed above, except the lettuce. Here’s how:

You need: 1 bunch tatsoi, 2 bunches pak choi, 3-4 green onions, 1 red onion, 5-7 garlic chives, 2 tbsp soy sauce, black pepper, 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, 1 tbsp sesame oil (or not).

How to:

1. Wash all the greens (everything but the peanuts and red onion) well, and cut it into strips.

2. Cut the red onion into thin slices.

3. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a wok.

4. Add the red onions and bulb parts of the green onions, and stir-fry until done to your satisfaction (about 2-3 minutes usually works for me)

5. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the peanuts coarsely.

6. Add the peanuts to the onion and stir. Add the rest of the vegetables immediately.

7. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, and black pepper.

8. Stir quickly. As soon as the leaves begin to wilt, turn off the heat.

Serve hot over rice. You could also use peanut sauce in lieu of the soy sauce/sesame oil.


Really quick stir-fry dinner for two

This was part of budget vegetarian, but I figured it needed its own post.

You need:
rice (about one cup uncooked), one packet stir-fry vegetables, red (or green or yellow) curry paste, salt, some oil, eggs if you eat them, a can of sliced water chestnuts and/or bamboo shoots, if you like them.
How to:
Set the rice to cook. A cup of rice usually takes 2.5 cups of water. But experiment till you get it right.
Heat a little oil in a big pan or wok. Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of curry paste (this really depends on how spicy you like things; experiment). Stir it around for a minute. Add the vegetables. Stir till cooked as soft as you like them. Add the drained water chestnuts. Add salt to taste.
If you eat eggs: Clear a little space at the side of the wok, crack in a couple of eggs, and scramble. Mix it all up.
Add the cooked rice and stir in. Eat.

Optionally, don’t add either the eggs or rice, pour in a can of coconut milk, let it boil and simmer a bit, and eat with rice.