2.20.2013

Peanutty Vegetable Stir Fry

MmmMmmmMMMM!  Do I love stir fries!  Not only are they quick and easy to make, they use relatively inexpensive ingredients, are a breeze to clean up after, and are the perfect leftovers!  Stir-fries can also be quite versatile depending on what veggies, sauces, and spices you have on hand.  Tonight I made a stir fry from some veggies I was needing to use up, some rice I cooked this weekend, and a flavor I was craving, peanut butter!


Ingredients:

  • mixed stir fry veggies
    • 1 bag frozen veggies, or
    • 3 cups fresh veggies, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped dark greens (kale, collards, spinach)
  • 3-4 cups cooked brown rice
  • Amy's Spicy Peanut Sauce
    • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
    • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
    • 1/4 tsp minced ginger
    • 1/4 tsp wasabi powder (optional)
  • stir fry toppings (just some ideas)
    • chopped peanuts
    • chopped green onion
    • cilantro
    • basil
    • sprouts
    • lime juice
Directions:

  1. Prepare all stir fry veggies.  In a large non-stick skillet, water saute the vegetables until tender.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, in a smaller skillet, whisk together the Spicy Peanut Sauce ingredients over medium heat until it starts to bubble and the sauce thickens.  Add more water if the sauce becomes too thick.
  3. Once veggies have finished cooking, add the cooked rice and prepared peanut sauce to it.  Mix well, then add in the chopped dark greens.
  4. Cook over medium heat until rice is heated through and the dark greens have lightly wilted.
  5. Add more soy sauce and red pepper flakes to taste.
  6. Serve hot with any of the suggested toppings.
Amy's notes:
  • This is a very versatile stir fry.  Use whatever veggies you have on hand, or for an even faster dinner, use a frozen stir fry mix.  I used fresh red onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and broccoli in mine.
  • The spicy peanut sauce is one of my favorites and I make it all the time.
  • To top my stir fry off, I added chopped green onion and cilantro.  It added the perfect flavor punch to an already yummy dish!

13 comments:

  1. I love stir fry! This looks delicious and I like how you have wasabi in the sauce. So creative and I bet it tastes amazing. I prefer my sauce on the spicy side, so I'll definitely have to give this one a try. Everything about it looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks so much Nikki! I've been making a sauce like this without the wasabi for years, and when I purchased the wasabi powder for some vegan sushi I was making a friend and I a year ago, I thought it could be an awesome addition. Turns out that it adds a nice spicy kick to it! Thanks for reading, Amy

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  2. Thank you for posting! I needed a quick and easy dinner tonight and had no idea what I was going to make. It is almost exactly like a recipe I make, but with noodles instead. It is very good! My daughter says it is better than the fried rice I used to make. :)

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    1. Glad I could inspire you for a quick dinner to whip up! I often serve the sauce on whole wheat spaghetti as well when I have some as leftovers from another meal, but this time I had brown rice. Leftover basics like noodles and rice help save so much time in the kitchen, and often a lot of $! Thanks so much for reading, Amy

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  3. I think I'm making this for myself for lunch or dinner tomorrow! Looks great!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy, and thanks for reading! -Amy

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  4. I just discovered peanut sauce (Yes, I'm that slow - ha!) a few months ago, and I Love it! Your recipe sounds delicious! I would leave out the spice, though. I'm a whimp ;-) Bet this would be good w/ rice noodles, too. Or kelp noodles as a raw dish. Mmmm...

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    1. Thanks for reading Veggiev! I totally understand not liking spice too much, and this recipe is easily adaptable for that. I do often have this same dish with noodles. It is generally my go-to for using up leftovers like extra brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti. Quick, easy, and delicious! -Amy

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  5. This was amazing, thank you!

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