Choose-Your-Own Stir Fry

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Many of you must be familiar with the term stir fry. Stir fries are not only delicious but also healthy. Stir fried food takes very little time to cook although preparation takes a while.

In America, there are some joints where you can pick your food from a wide range of rice, pasta, and noodles (carbohydrates) , tofu, soy nuggets, seitan (wheat protein ), vegetables (vitamins), sauces (flavor) etc. in a bowl. The cooks then cook your selection and the dish comes back to you. It is a healthy and fun variation on everyday food. Especially for kids !!...

So here we go, working on the same pattern. Display whatever you have, let the family and friends pick their selection, and then cook it in a wok.

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For base Options-

  • Boiled noodles
  • Boiled rice
  • Boiled bulgar/ fada (cracked wheat)
  • Boiled pasta

Beans Options-

  • Boiled Chick peas
  • Boild Black eye beans
  • Boild Kidney beans
  • Boiled soy beans
  • boiled lentils

Veggie Options-

  • Broccoli florets
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Cabbage cut into stips
  • Green onion cut into an inch pieces
  • Carrots, cut into pieces
  • Bell pepper, red/ yellow/ green cut into pieces
  • Green beans, cut into pieces
  • Tomatoes cut into pieces

Nut Options-

  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pumpkin seeds

Other Options-

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Paneer /Tofu
  • Seitan
  • soy nuggets

Sauce/flavor Options-

For Seasoning-

  • Salt
  • Freshly ground Black pepper
  • Oil to cook

Method of preparation

  1. Pineapple sauce- In a bowl mix ½ cup pineapple chunks, and ½ cup pineapple juice with 2 tbsp tomato sauce.
  2. Sweet chili dip- In a pan, boil ¼ cup sugar with 2 tbsp water, until sugar crystals are completely dissolved. Takes about 1-2 minutes. Now add 1½ tbs vinegar and 1-2 tbsp chili flakes. Mix well and turn off the heat. Let the dip cool down.
  3. Lemony ginger and chili dip- In 3 tbsp lemon juice add 1 tbsp grated ginger and 1 tbsp chopped green chilies. Mix Well.

Display all the options:

  1. Carohydrates - boiled macaroni, boiled noodles, boiled rice, boiled pasta etc..
  2. Protein and dietary fiber- Boiled beans ( it could be black-eyed beans, kidney beans, soy beans, chick peas etc...)
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  1. Boiled and roasted potatoes, sauteed paneer, tomatoes, red and green bell pepper (capscium).
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  1. Fibres and Vitamins- Broccoli, cauliflower florets, carrots, cabbage, green(spring) onions etc
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How to Proceed:

  1. Start with the kids- Now let the kids choose their favorite things first in a bowl.
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Procedure of cooking

  1. Heat a wok on high heat. Add some oil. Transfer the entire material in the wok. Cook the food by constantly stirring for couple of minutes.
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  1. Delicious and healthy kids plate of stir fry ..
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  1. Preparation of stir fry for adults with sweet chili dip.
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Some Tips/ Suggestions:

There are some tips to follow while making stir fries.......We need to keep all the vegetables ready for frying. All cutting, chopping, and measurement of the ingredients needs to be completed beforehand. Since frying is done on a high heat, we need to stir continuously or else vegetables may burn!

Variation : Other vegetables like french beans, baby corn, mushrooms, tofu etc can also be used in this recipe.

Usually kids like sweet and sour pineapple sauce. So make more sauce as required.