Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vegetarian Stir Fry with Noodles

I know I've been posting a lot of recipes lately, everything else in my life right now feels like I'm just keeping up with running the kids to and from school, and keeping the house clean so people can come see it. Hopefully we sell it soon, and then we can have a different kind of crazy with moving.

Tonight for dinner, I made stir fry. Every time I make it it turns out a little different. I like to use teriyaki or peanut sauce, along with a little soy sauce, but in a pinch, just soy sauce will work. When I use peanut sauce, I also like to add cashews.
Start boiling water for noodles.

Cook onion, garlic in olive oil, add carrots, broccoli and any other vegetables that take longer to cook,and a little water and soy sauce or whatever sauce you're using (too much soy sauce makes the flavor too strong).

Add the faster cooking vegetables, I used peas (in the pod), tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Along with a dash or two of curry powder, and if you're only using soy sauce, a TBSP of brown sugar, otherwise a tsp is plenty.

Add cooked and drained spaghetti noodles and mix thoroughly.

Two of my kids ate it just fine, the middle one had a major tantrum about it. I did let them all pick one type of vegetable that they could pick out and not eat. One picked tomatoes (which is weird because he normally loves them), and the other two picked the spinach. I'm sure they would have all picked the mushrooms, but I chopped them up small enough that they didn't realize what they were.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Another Dinner without pictures

I didn't take a picture, because we ate it too fast (actually I just didn't think about taking a picture until just now, and dinner is over). It's unfortunate, because it was a really good dinner, and pictures of really good dinners are always nice.

Oven Fried Halibut:

Cut up halibut filet into two inch strips. Dip in milk, then in breadcrumbs (I use the italian breadcrumbs from costco) mixed with parmesan cheese. Place on foil lined cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes at 500 F. (make sure your oven is clean, anything on the bottom of the oven with smoke at that temperature). After 10 minutes, I actually turned my fish over to let the other side crisp up a bit (for 2 minutes)- my fish was a little thicker than what I think the recipe I was using as a baking guide called for. I've done the same thing with tilapia (though maybe cook it for a shorter time since it's not as thick), but halibut sounded good today. I should have sprinkled a little salt over the fish before dipping it in the breadcrumbs, but it was still tasty.

Lemon Pepper Vegetables:

Peel and slice carrots, cut up broccoli into reasonable sized chunks. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the bottom of a fry pan, add carrots and broccoli (carrots and green beans are also good, but then you slice the carrots lengthwise instead of crosswise), and a little water. Sprinkle lemon pepper and garlic salt over the top and cover with lid. Cook until veggies are steamed to whatever level of doneness you like.

Brown Rice Mix:

I love the wild rice mix that costco sells. Unfortunately no one else does (well, maybe the 2-year-old). I decided to mix it with brown rice to see if people liked that better (the kids didn't love it, but they didn't complain as much as they do over the wild rice mix by itself- my Mister didn't like it any better, but ate it anyway, he's good like that- and one day I'll convert him to non-white rice). I put two cups of rice (one cup of brown, one cup of wild rice mix) in the rice cooker with a heaping tablespoon of chicken base. Easy.

For dessert, I decided not to make a cake, we're sugared out with all the easter candy, but we nearly always have a dessert monday nights, so we had cut up strawberries and whipped cream (so we still got plenty of sugar).