Saturday, April 10, 2010
Brown Rice Stir Fry with Seitan and Pineapple
Tonight for dinner we had a quick stir fry since both the vegans and omnis agree on stir fry. My elderly parents have even come around to the idea of brown rice, but only when I am cooking that is. ;-) I don’t often measure when I make stir fry (sorry). But I can tell you what I included tonight in general terms. This stir fry included: minced fresh ginger, minced garlic, green onions, red bell pepper, finely diced celery, thinly sliced savoy cabbage, seitan cutlets cut into small cubes (from the freezer), cold cooked brown basmati rice, grated carrot, thinly sliced asparagus, fresh pineapple chunks and thinly sliced baby spinach. I water sauté the ingredients starting in the order I have the listed and continue to add them until I get to the rice. Once the rice is hot I turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients and let the hot rice warm them. Then I season the rice with liquid aminos, mirin and sriracha. I served this with Asian walnut dressing for those that wanted it. It would also be good with cashews if you prefer.
The beauty of stir fry for me is that it is best made with cold leftover rice. Also you can cut the veggies hours ahead of time so it is a quick, toss in the pan dinner. Exactly the sort of thing I like to make when I don’t want to be cooped up in the kitchen. Stir fry makes a great plan ahead meal for those that are more organized than I am. ;-)
As soon as I clean up the kitchen from dinner I am going to get started on the fava bean dish I am taking to Walid and Jackie’s tomorrow. I am still not completely certain which one I am making, but will make that decision while the beans are cooking. I think bean dishes always taste better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to marry so that is why I am making it tonight.
Tomorrow is going to be a long day. Our plans are to hang out with Walid and Jackie and run some errands. I also hope to get some pictures outside. It is gorgeous here now with the spring trees and bushes in bloom. Since the beautiful colors and flowers always cheer me up I want to get some good shots to share with all of you. It is so nice to finally be done with the snow and have spring here. :-)
I hope to have time for another post tonight but don’t know if that will pan out. If not, I hope you are all having a great Saturday and I will talk to you soon!