Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes and sweet comments on the last post!
I have definitely noticed a shift in…not tastes, so much as food desires since I got pregnant. Well, in the last few weeks since I started eating again, anyway. I have never been a girl to turn up her nose at things like donuts (and I am famous for my love of fried food), but now I find myself fixating, even if I don’t end up eating the thing in question. I’m also really bothered by the food ads on TV, which for the first time ever are making me want whatever they show–McNuggets, Pepperidge Farm garlic bread, etc. I haven’t followed through, but it’s weird for me to sit on the couch and think, “Chicken Nuggets! Brilliant idea!”
The good news is that I also think “Kale! Best idea EVER!” So things aren’t too out of whack. In fact, the first real meal I cooked once I stopped resorting to premade pizza crusts and extra-simple pasta dishes was a gigantic stir fry. I got the idea in my head, went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and came home with everything I had spotted that seemed remotely appealing or logical in stir fry. To wit:
Also some beef, which I froze for an hour or so and sliced as thinly as possible before marinating in a new TJ’s discovery:
I had planned to make my own marinade/stiry fry sauce, but I spotted this one and the ingredients were literally exactly the same as what I planned to use: Soy, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, etc. Shortcut time! I found it a bit sweet, in the end, so I’ll cut it with rice vinegar in the future.
As with any stir fry, cutting up all the vegetables is the time-consuming part.
I cooked the beef about 80% first, and then set it aside. Then the vegetables: The general rule is to get your oil hot hot hot, cook your aromatics (garlic, ginger, red pepper) quickly, then add the hardest vegetables, which will require the longest time to cook. I’d been lazy and cut the zucchini a bit thick, so that went in first with the onion, before my very tiny carrot and pepper matchsticks.
Those were next, followed by the peas.
Then the bok choi stems:
Then I added the beef back in to finish cooking, and added in some of the sauce (obviously fresh, not what I’d used to marinate):
And finally the bok choi and napa cabbage, just to wilt for a second.
Probably about 5 minutes total, but timing varies depending on your stove, vegetables, etc.
We ate it with rice. Actually, I ate it with rice for about three days, because that was quite a bit of stir fry.
Yum. Maybe I should make another batch.