Having been away all weekend no time for shopping or even really thinking about what to cook this week. So tonight was a case of what is in the fridge and in the pantry. I seem to still be on a bit of a vegetable phase after Mana Retreat the other weekend, plus with Spring here I have the urge to be a little healthy with Summer just around the corner and potentially some beach time...yikes!
Or correction Spring was here. Since Friday we have been hit by all sorts of weather, though I can't really complain as not one of the poor people still without power. One of the largest storms on the planet - apparently the size of Australia! So sadly the weather is once again wintry. So in addition to feeling like being a little healthy I felt the need for a little heat with a good helping of chili and ginger which nudged me in the direction of Thailand. On investigation in to the fridge plenty of delicious vegetables for a Thai inspired vegetable stir fry.
In the end it all comes down to personal taste so if you like more heat add more chili. Broccoli and mushrooms would be a good addition. And if you can't go without chicken, beef or prawns would taste pretty good too.
What I used tonight...
1 tbsp Rice Bran Oil - you don't want any oil with too much flavour, sunflower or canola would also be absolutely fine
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 green chillies, thinly sliced, deseed if you don't like too much heat.
fresh ginger, about an inch sliced in to thin strips
2 carrots, julienned / cut in to thin strips
1 red pepper, julienned / cut in to thin strips
1 red onion, thinly sliced, or any onion would do
3 pack choy, chopped, any Asian green would do
1-2 tbsp fish sauce
1-2 tsp Mirin ( I know this is Japanese...but I like the sweetness, you could substitute with a tsp of sugar)
Heat the Rice Bran Oil and add the garlic, ginger and chili. Let the flavours develop or a moment and then add the carrots, peppers and red onion. Stir fry for a few moments, that's all it needs as you still want a little crunch. Add greens and stir fry for another moment.
Add fish sauce and mirin, another wee moment, a quick squeeze of lime juice and you are done! Drizzle with a little sesame oil and serve over some boiled or steamed rice. To liven up the rice add some lime zest and juice. The rice is also really good with a handful of freshly chopped coriander mixed through it. Light, tasty, healthy and all ready in about 20 minutes. Enjoy!