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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Weekday Stir Fry

This summer Ryan and I signed for a half share of a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA). We used to have organic vegetables delivered to our condo but stopped when our lifestyle changed. Since we bought the house, we have been more conscious of our ecological footprint and how we live and the decisions we make daily impacts the world around us. I read an article about CSA and found one that delivers to our neighborhood. It seemed like an appropriate answer to the our need for fresh food and we liked the idea of supporting a small scale farm doing something we believe in.

The depot is a ten minute walk from our house and down the street from a new farmer's market. We walk to the farmer's market first to top up on the meats, fruits and cheese, and then off to the depot to pick up our weekly vegetables.

Serves 4
Stir fries are one of the fastest and healthiest ways to bring a meal to the table – and you usually have all the ingredients right at home. This recipe is almost vegetarian. And you shouldn’t roll your eyes if you aren’t inclined that way because you don’t believe it’s a meal without meat. Give it a try.

If you’re wondering why I have used quinoa which is a high-protein grain instead of rice (and boy do I love rice!), it's a nice change and still just as satisfying. Quinoa has a nutty and crunchy texture and it is a delight, even if it is unusual pairing for a stir fry.

1lb block of tofu
4 baby bok choy – rinsed well (or use 4 c of bagged baby spinach)
1 red bell pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp malt vinegar
1 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp of water mixed thoroughly to make a slurry

1 tsp black sesame seeds

2c quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2c vegetable stock

1. Add quinoa and stock into a saucepan and cook on medium-high
2. Quickly chop vegetables into bite size pieces.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok, once the oil shimmers, add vegetables and sauté quick, once the greens have wilted, add tofu, fish sauce, oyster sauce, & vinegar.
4. Once warmed through, stir cornstarch and water together and add to vegetables. The cornstarch will turn the liquid cloudy, once it heats, the cornstarch transforms into a shiny translucent glaze. Stir to coat vegetables & tofu. Turn off heat and plate. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top of stir fry.


sorina said...

Beautiful photos! I really like your site.

Haley said...

We would like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please email haleyglasco@gmail.com if interested. Thanks :)



Hungry Gal said...

Thanks Sorina and Haley for stopping by!

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