Formula Cooking: Stir-Fry

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I love the idea of what I call formula cooking.  To me that means less recipe (add exactly these items in these proportions) and more options (add one of these, and two of those).  I am working on a cookbook based on this concept.  Let me show you what I mean.

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This formula is for two, but double or triple as you need to serve your family or guests.  For a chicken, beef or shrimp stir-fry, here is what you need:

1/2 pound of thinly sliced stir-fry beef,  thinly sliced chicken or shrimp – you choose your preference

1 package of stir-fry vegetables in the produce section of your local grocery store.  If you don’t like the mix then choose three of the following:  carrots, broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, onions, drained small can of bamboo shoots, drained small can of sliced water chestnuts, sprouts or asparagus.

2 cups freshly cooked rice (I use Uncle Bens)

vegetable oil

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

4 1/2 tsps hoison sauce

4 1/2 tsps oyster sauce

1/3 cup chicken or beef broth

1 Tblspn cornstarch

5 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce

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In a stir fry or large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil.  Add your any vegetables that are firm and will take longer to cook.  For the list above, start with carrots.  Cook on medium for about 5 minutes or until your carrots begin to soften. Add any other veggies that may need more time, like onions and mushrooms.  Cook about 3 minutes.  Then add any other veggies.  Make sure all are al dente or soft enough to eat.

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Remove veggies from pan and add a little more oil, if needed.  Add your meat and cook until done.

In a bowl, combine the broth, sesame oil,  hoison sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, and soy sauce.  Whisk until the cornstarch is broken up and the ingredients ar well mixed.

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Add your vegetables back to than with the meat and add the sauce.  Stir and mix the veggies, meat and sauce.  Let the sauces boil and thicken, about 2-3 minutes.

Serve your stir-fry over rice.  You can add a salad on the side, if you wish, but this dish already provides protein, starch and vegetables in one.  Enjoy!

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Bonus Info:  This is a great way to use leftovers. Chicken breasts, steak, or leftover veggies can be easily disguised in a new dish!

If you want to make exactly the dish I made,  I used stir-fry beef, 1 package of stir-fry medley, 1/3 cup diced onion, and 3 cups rice.  That was our meal!

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