Stir Fry

Stir fry has got to be one of the easiest possible meals to put together. It’s the meal I suggest trying when someone dishes out the ‘I don’t know how to cook’ cliche. Stir fry is a great and easy meal, and you can chuck in as many vegetables as you want to nourish your body. I recommend making heaps, so you have a tasty lunch for the next day.

Here are my stir fry essentials.

  • A big thing to cook it in
    • A wok is the best choice, but if you don’t have one using a big pot will do the trick. You pretty much want to look for something that will leave you with plenty of room to stir and fry, without sending ingredients flying
  • Rice or noodles
    • If you want the meal to be a bit more filling, you’ll want some kind of carb. Any kind of rice or noodle will do the trick. Even use mi goreng noodles, and use the packets of sauce that come with it in the stir fry to add some flavour.
  • Vegetables
    • With stir fry you want vegetables that have some crunch when they’re raw, so they maintain a nice texture when they’re cooked. I suggest anything from the following:
      • Onion and garlic
      • Carrots
      • Bok choy
      • Spinach
      • Mushroom
      • Capsicum
      • Corn
      • Snow peas
      • Cabbage (red or green)
  • Flavouring!
    • Soy sauce is key in the flavour department, and if you’re super new to adding flavour to dishes, just add a little sweet chilli sauce in the mix and you’re done
    • My favourite flavours in stir fry would be coriander, and a little bit of grated fresh ginger, but you can pretty much chuck any old thing in.
  • Protein source (meat or meat replacement)
    • My recommendation is buying a meat that is on special, because you can put literally anything into a stir fry. Just be sure to cook it first and add it in last. If you add it with the vegetables it will keep cooking and possibly overcook.
    • If you want to add some protein to you meal without any meat, go for scrambled eggs, or a firm tofu or tempeh that will retain it’s shape.

So now that you’ve got a pot to cook it in, a base, vegetables, protein, and some flavouring, you just need to stir and fry. I usually cook veggies first, then protein, then base. Add flavour as you go, and taste it to see what else you might need.

Happy stirring and frying!

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