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Thursday
Feb242011

stir fried in 10

Even though I work from home, that doesn’t mean I always have gobs of time to spend making breakfast and lunch.  My breakfast + lunches are usually pretty quick!  Even my oven breakfast bake takes only 5min of prep time.  While I’m waiting for it to bake in the oven, I get dressed, drink lemon water [aaaack], check email, etc.

This little meal is perfect for lunch or dinner and is extremely adaptable.  I mean, it’s barely even a recipe.  It’s just one way to show you that you can make a home cooked meal in no time at all.

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I really spend very little time plating these meals before snapping a few photos.  Typically, it takes me 30sec-1min to plate my food for photos.  Once in awhile it’s longer, but if over-think things, I usually end up not liking the photos.  Photographing my food varies in time.  I would say this lunch dish took 2 minutes to attach my camera to the tripod, snap about 6 photos, detach my camera and chow down at the table.  Same goes for breakfast.  It’s the step-by-step photo sessions that take a bit longer!

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So, what’s in the bowl? 

Stir Fry in 10 [serves 1]

  • 1 serving leftover noodles, preferably thin brown rice noodles
  • organic frozen veggies
    • broccoli
    • tri colored peppers
  • 1/2 large sweet tater, cubed
  • 1T coconut aminos [or 1-2t soy sauce]
  • 1T unrefined coconut oil [or other high heat cooking oil]
  • 1-2T rice vinegar
  • 1t toasted sesame oil
  • avocado hummus or plain avocado
  • 1/4c cashews
  • black pepper
  1. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat with the coconut oil.
  2. When hot, throw in whatever frozen veggies you have.  *I love buying the “stir fry” bagged frozen veggies.  I didn’t have that this time, so I supplemented with broccoli + peppers.  You can also use fresh, of course.
  3. Microwave your cubed sweet tater for about 3min, until slightly tender. 
  4. Add the sweet tater cubes to the pan, rice vinegar, and coconut aminos and cover.
  5. Sauté everything until potatoes are fully tender ~3-5min, stirring about once per minute.
  6. Stir in sesame oil + noodles in the last minute.
  7. Plate and top with avocado hummus, cashews, and black pepper.

*Even if you don’t have leftover noodles, you can boil noodles in under 10min.  Or with rice noodles you can even let them sit in really hot water for about 8min until soft.

Feel free to add other things like ginger, garlic, etc.  I wanted to keep this quick and simple without sacrificing flavor.  If you don’t have toasted sesame oil, it might be a tad on the bland side.  It really adds quite a bit of flavor.  Use whatever nuts you like…toasted/salted/wasabi flavor.  They’ll all work!  You can definitely easily add tofu or tempeh to this as well.

As I said, this isn’t an earth shattering recipe, but something that is quick, delicious and extremely adaptable. 

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I really didn’t expect this to taste that great.  I thought the flavors would be bland and that the sweet potato might throw things off.  However, I was wrong.  It was the best lunch I’ve had in quite some time.  

Now I’m off to make more CRACKers.  A savory version this time!

Ashley

Reader Comments (28)

I love cashews- I love that you added them on top for some crunch! Looks great.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

It's the quick throw together meals that always surprise me when they taste good. This looks perfect!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

Yummy! I'm so hungry now :)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

hummus, in stirfry?! genius!! looks great :)

Sometimes the easiest, quickest meals taste the best! I'm especially a fan of stir fries!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia - a side of simple

Stir Fries always seem to make the most substantial meals in no time at all! Definitely my go-to meal when I am pressed for time.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That stir-fry sounds so good! I'm in love with toasted sesame oil, it has so much flavor!

And I'm really glad it serves one, sometimes I hate having leftovers :)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I agree, those step-by-step tutorials can be a bit burdensome. Your stirfry looks awesome, though. I love all the different flavors and textures!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

I love quick meals that can be thrown together in minutes!

Question: Do you drink your lemon water with breakfast or before? Does it matter?

YUM! That looks wonderful. I am going to have to remember this since your recipes never let me down! My husband and I have been eating socaa pizza about once a week thanks to you...although there has been zero complaining! This weekend I am going to attempt the crackers per the husband's request. Gee...twist my arm! :)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I love your husband!! I mean, I love that your husband requests my food! ;)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I tried to make crackers today, without a recipe, just winging it. Usually winging it works for me, but today I think my ingredients weren't ideal. They are a long shot from perfect, but I ate them anyway!
http://spicedplate.blogspot.com/2011/02/it-ended-up-perfect-how-pancakes-turned.html

I love turning to stir fries for a quick, no fuss meal. Cashews are something my husband loves to add to them -- I love adding sweet potato!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

From what I've read, the best results come from drinking it first thing in the morning, warm not hot or cold. Then, you're supposed to wait 30min until eating. I think it just gets your system moving in the AM and does best on an empty stomach. In the morning, I'm typically famished, so I eat a small handful of granola, and make the lemon water. I used to drink it warm, but just couldn't deal with it, so now I drink it hot and almost enjoy it. I add 1t of honey as well. It works fabulously. And I try to wait at least 20-30min before eating. Also, you want to brush your teeth after drinking it...but 30min after. So many rules, huh? I've heard if you brush right after, you're actually brushing the acid into your teeth, but after 30, you brush it off. Hope this helps!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are the step-by-step master!!!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks...it was a mighty delicious addition!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha, definitely! Love when that happens!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the bestest! It inspires all of us to eat well, even if we only have a couple of minutes to spare. Thanks Ashley!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

It's always the simplest meals that taste the best! I love your food pics. Our NY apt is so tiny we don't have a dining room table so I've been taking pics of my food on a fold up dinner tray, Roseanne Bar style! lol.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Who knew lemons & H20 were so complicated!? ;)

Hummus is anything is delicious! I also madbur chocolate crackers today! Yummmmmm!:)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri@ ThE DiVa DiSh

Stir fry has really become a staple meal in my house... it's just too quick and easy and almost always delicious!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Oh I love quick stir fry for dinner, I eat this so often I am ashamed to admit it! yay for healthy, quick meals!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cilantropist

I love stir frys, specially when they have cashews on top :)
Can't wait to see the recipe for the crackers, I made the cinnamon ones and they are awesome!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

I love stirfries- so quick & easy but they can be so tasty!

xo

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)

Mmmm! Looks delicious, filling and healthy! I made a stir fry for the first time in a while this week, with an orange ginger sauce. It was sooo good and made me realize I need to make stir fries more often!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCailin @ Stir Crazy

I can definitely depend on your for simple and yummy creations, mastered! This looks great, with all the colors, textures and flavors and I bet even more delicious with your avocado hummus [which i still need to make]!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

That stir fry looks amazing. I tend to do the same stir fry over and over... boring.

Way to work what you got!! :)

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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