Thursday, January 15, 2009

Super-fast stir fries

I do a lot of stir fries for my busy family, and one of the nicest things about them is that if you’ve done the once a week meal prep, they can be on the table in about 10 minutes…no joke! By the time the kiddos have the plates and forks out, the dinner is ready. I usually serve these with whole grain rolls or bread when we’re in a big hurry. If there’s more time, the rolls might get heated!

Here’s the version we had last night. All the veggies had been pre-chopped, and the hamburger had been pre-cooked with onions, so it was a snap to put together. If that prep hadn’t already been done, it would still have ended up being a thirty minute meal!

Stir Fry: Hamburger, carrots, peppers, and greens

4 carrots, cut in diagonal slices
2 peppers, chopped (I used one red and one yellow)
Olive oil

1/2 lb ground beef, pre-cooked with a chopped 1/2 onion

10 oz bag of mixed greens (beet, red lettuce, spinach)

Get the oil in the wok up to medium high temperature and add the carrots and peppers. You want them to soften but not brown, so turn the temp down if the oil is spitting. Stir fry for about 3 - 5 minutes, until they’re as soft as you like. Add the precooked meat and onions. Mix together and heat through. Add the greens and stir until just wilted. Serve immediately. Feeds 4 really nicely with rolls or bread.

Note, if you haven’t pre-cooked the meat and onions, do them first in the wok while you’re chopping up the vegetables that you probably also didn’t do ahead ;-)

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