The hardest part about making a stir-fry from scratch for dinner, is getting the timing right. It's so easy to get overwhelmed if you don't have a game plan and prep accordingly. I'm going to lay out the process, step by step, so you can have a tasty, healthy feast to present to your family, with everything done at about the same time.
I can't say anything but YUM about my pot sticker stir-fry with fried rice dinner. The really great thing about this meal, is that it's customizable. Go with produce that's in season: cabbage in winter, asparagus in spring and squashes in summer. If you don't have ham for the fried rice, toss in some turkey bacon like me, or go vegetarian. It's all good.
Get ready, while it's not difficult, there's a lot of steps to get everything just right and at the table at the same time. You must allocate at least an hour to cook. Part of this time is for the rice, since I'm never on top of things enough to make the rice a day ahead. If you are completely awesome, go ahead and pre-cook the rice. This will save you some time, but remember, you still have to allow time to prep the rest of the ingredients.
Ingredients for Stir-Fry
1/2 onion, diced
pile of carrots, sliced into matchsticks (these are always in season)
Vegetables, a whole bunch of them: Mushrooms, Zucchini, Asparagus, Summer Squash, Broccoli, Cabbage, Bean Sprouts, water chestnuts...sliced and chopped as appropriate (for my stir-fry, as it is March, I used a combo of winter veggies and early spring veggies: red cabbage, carrots, asparagus, bean sprouts and water chestnuts) but you can use whatever you like!
Terriyaki or Stir-Fry sauce of your choice
Frozen Pot stickers
Ingredients for Fried Rice
Rice, about 1.5 cups, uncooked
1/2 package of frozen peas and carrots
other 1/2 onion, diced (see above)
2 eggs, whipped
Soy Sauce, to taste
Sesame Oil, to taste
Watch your pot stickers, as once they are done you will remove them to an oven safe plate and put them in your oven until the rest of your meal is complete.
Step 7: After your pot stickers are done cooking and staying warm in the oven, continue cooking your stir-fry vegetables, stirring regularly. At the same time, using the same frying pan as the pot stickers were cooking in (wash it if it needs it), add 2 TBL veg oil and heat over medium. Add remaining diced onion. It's fried rice time! Cook until softened. Watch your stir-fry vegetables. They should be slightly softened.
Nom, nom, nom.
See, that wasn't too difficult and your family enjoyed a healthy, flavorful meal and all it took was a little careful timing on your part.
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