Now, I need to clarify this from the very first. I did not pick the title of this dish. Thrifty Cas did. If you ask me, I think its a bit condescending that she thinks this dish is sooo easy that a guy can make it. Well, Ms Thrifty Cas, I just want you to know that it takes a very keen observation to know the exact moment to throw in the next ingredient and create a stir fry with vegetables that are tender, yet crisp with their flavor bursting at each bite. 🙂
Ok, with that said, now we get to the boring details. Honestly, I’m not sure if I can describe it, but I’ll do my very best.
- Beef (preferable) but any other meat if your spouse demands it
- Vegetables in your fridge (our favorites are cabbage, onion, carrot chips, celery, mushrooms, peppers…or whatever veggies are about ready to turn)
- Salt and pepper
- Safflower oil
- Rice (long grained rice is preferable)
How to make it:
Ok, this is going to be a bit difficult. Please try to keep up.
- Cook your rice. Make sure to time its finish with the end of the stir fry preparation to serve immediately for the freshest experience.
- Cut up your beef (sigh…or other meat) and vegetables
- Start sauteing your beef in your Safflower oil over main heat
- Salt and pepper to taste
- After it starts to brown throw in your onion
- When the time seems right (don’t ask how you know) start adding your vegetables according to hardness. For this particular stir fry I added the carrots, then celery, peppers, and then fresh mushrooms
- Serve when ready (make sure to not over-cook your vegetables – remember tender but crispy!)
Ok, so the instructions are not that interesting. But, you’ll notice I didn’t use any sauce for flavor. This is a combination between having lovely children that don’t like spicy foods (if anyone knows me, you know how much I love a lot of heat in my food) and learning about the natural flavors of the foods. Yep, when you cook the vegetables with a bit of oil, salt and pepper, you’ll note the amazing flavor that comes out in the vegetables! The flavor combination is simple yet amazing.
So, why is this a Thrifty recipe? Thrifty Cas points out in this week’s menu just how cheap the meat and vegetables were. This week we made a double batch as we had some dear friends over. Having a simple, healthy, and tasty dish is the thrifty way. I love it!!
Please share some of your favorite stir fry recipes! I know, I’m a guy, so possibly some of you might have a better adaption of this favorite recipe. And yes, I know this recipe is so easy that even a guy can make it. 🙂