Quick and Easy Stir Fry

2 Mar

Here’s a quick way to make dinner for you and your roommates OR to feed a lot of people at once. Stir-fry is great if you’re looking to make a delicious meal without dirtying all your pots and pans. And you can add any kind of veggies or meat to it to satisfy your fancy. In Dublin there is a great market every Saturday that has some of the freshest vegetables from around Ireland for sale. There are also several smaller markets like Tesco and Lidl that are open daily.

This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned the markets either. Check out our market guide post here: https://foodiesabroad.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/dublin-markets-quick-reference-list/#more-110

Back to the main meal! Stir-fry is cheap and the cook time is minimal with a bit of preparation. There’s really no right way to make stir-fry but here’s a quick recipe just to get the basics down, then add your own twist!

Ingredients:
Largest pot you’ve got
A second less large pot
Various veggies
Preferred meat
Bags of rice (you can find these at either Tesco or Lidl)

Preparation:
Cut up your meat:
Chicken
Beef
Pork
Shrimp
Scallops

And marinate it in:
Soy sauce
Salt and pepper
Garlic
“stir-fry sauce”

Set this mixture aside.

Cut up your veggies:
Onions (unless you HATE onions this is pretty essential, yellow onions work best)
Broccoli
Carrots
Asparagus
Mushrooms
Bell peppers
Snow peas
Bean sprouts
Green beans
Squash
Eggplant
Cauliflower

Cooking:
The first thing you’ll want to do is boil water for the bags of rice. You can use pasta or couscous instead of rice if you prefer.

Also begin heating the largest pot you have and pour a little olive oil in the bottom. When it is hot sauté the onion first because a) it takes the longest and b) it smells delicious. Then add your favorite combination of vegetables, all of which can be purchased at the Temple Bar Market. What you want to look out for is the bright green color of your veggies. Others like the peppers and eggplant will be less stiff when they are fully cooked.

At this point you can add your rice/pasta/couscous of choice to the boiling water and your chopped meat selection can go in to the bath with the veggies. Let your starch cook according to the directions on the container (usually between 5-10 minutes). During this time the meat and the veggies will be almost fully cooked. Feel free to taste test at this point and add any extra seasonings or let it continue cooking.

The last step is to dish the starch (rice, pasta, couscous) out in a big bowl and top it with the delicious meat/ veggie mixture. Soy sauce can be added to taste. Any extras can go in the fridge for weekday lunches.

beef stir-fry

Delicious Beef Stir Fry

Photo cred: http://www.domestifluff.com/2008/05/easy-beef-stir-fry/

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