Many studies out there say that we only have but so many decisions we can make in a day, so you’d best limit them where you can. Some are unavoidable and you’d better get ’em right: change lanes? This work task or that? Legit phone link to your financial institution or phishing? Let’s make what to do with leftovers/shopping in your cupboard not to be one of them.
Whether you end up with holiday party leftovers, neighborly food plates, dibs and dabs from a big weekend meal, it’s thrifty and smart to make something good with them for the whole family. Honeygrow, the chain making salads and stir-frys from fresh, quality ingredients, has a new product for the whole busy gang: a stir-fry helper for all your yummies. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!
So, this new kit gives you the skeleton — with cooking/recipe tips — for a creation that really takes under 10 minutes.
Here are the basics: thinly chop- julienne your favorite protein (leftover/cooked is perfect), give a quick 1 minute saute in a spoon of oil. I had some leftover duck. Maybe you have some salted peanuts or scrambled eggs. Set it aside and do the same with julienne cut veggies — I used a carrot and a leek. Cook the rice noodles for 3 minutes, drain, toss in the pan with your sauteed and chopped things. Toss with the sesame garlic sauce, which has a soy + sweetness to it. They suggest adding some salt and pepper, I found a pinch of white pepper was plenty.
Garnish with what you have, including sesame seeds. Voila!
Here is their recipe:
sesame garlic sauce
whole wheat noodles
Pro Tip “Mise en Place”
Stir-frying is a fast-paced cooking technique that only takes a few minutes. Mise en place (MEEZ ahn plahs) is a french term for having all your ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, and grated before you start cooking, which is critical when making a stir-fry.
1. Cook Protein
+ Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan/wok over high heat
+ Add steak and cook without moving until slightly browned, about 1 minute. Continue to cook while stirring regularly until cooked through
+ Transfer to a bowl and set aside
Note: It is important to cook protein fully through before combining with vegetables and noodles.
2. Cook vegetables
+ Wipe out pan/wok. Add 1 tbsp oil and cook over high heat
+ Add mushrooms and broccoli, stirring regularly until lightly browned and tender-crisp
3. Cook Noodles
+ Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook whole wheat noodles according to chart below, stirring regularly with tongs or long chopsticks until al dente and separated
+ Drain and set aside
*Portion Tip: If cooking more than one serving, cook in boiling water until desired texture
Pro Tip: Move quickly + swiftly to achieve the perfect texture!
4. Combine + Enjoy
+ Add 1 tbsp of oil over high heat