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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aldi Gourmet: 5-Day Supper Challenge (DAY 4)

It is Day 4 of the Aldi Supper dinners consisting only of foods or ingredients found at Aldi.  I have tried to provide you with plenty of variety;  Monday-chicken, Tuesday-beef, Wednesday-pork.  Today is meatless day!  Hurray!  Get excited!!  In all seriousness though, meatless meals can be filling and flavorful.  So just hear me out before you dismiss the idea altogether.

Day 4-Thursday

Lean Green Stir-fry with Rice

I've made stir-fry with rice or noodles many times.  It's a great meal to cook on a weeknight because it is not time-consuming to make.

Everything you'll need from Aldi:
(minus the rice-we had a lot already so I didn't buy more-Aldi does have it)
The List:
Green Onions
Vegetable Oil
Soy Sauce
Fresh Garlic

The Recipe:
Handful of Broccoli Florets (however much you want)
1 Zucchini (chopped)
1/2 head of Cabbage (chopped)
2-3 Green Onions (chopped)
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce 
2 eggs
1 or 2 cloves minced Fresh Garlic
1.  Heat 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil over medium-high heat, in a wok or large skillet. Once hot, add the chopped veggies and garlic.  Pour 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce over the veggies and stir.  You want the wok to get really hot so that the veggies will become seared.  Think Hibachi man.  He always has a really hot surface (sometimes real flames included), and he stirs frequently, and takes up the veggies when they are browned.  Stir your veggies frequently.  I covered mine for about 5 minutes so they could cook evenly.  Uncover and stir for a few more minutes.  When they are ready, they will look something like this:
Transfer the veggies to a plate.

2.  Return the wok to the stove (medium high heat) and add 2 more tablespoons of Vegetable Oil.  Crack two eggs into the pan and let them fry on both sides.  When they are done, chop them up with the spatula.  It will look about like this:

3.  Add the rice to the wok and stir frequently for about 2-3 minutes.  Add more soy sauce. I think I did about 1/4 cup.
4.  The last step is to add the veggies back in with the rice and stir all together.  Serve immediately.

If you want to get your kids in the kitchen to help you cook, this is a great book to read along with it. There is also a fried-rice recipe at the end.  You might prefer to use that recipe instead of mine.  That's okay with me.  I just hope to inspire some creativity in the kitchen. :)

We all know that green vegetables are good for us, and that we should be eating them often.  I'll be honest and say that I have the most trouble with Broccoli.  It's just not my favorite.  Today's stir-fry recipe is a tasty way to get those greens into your diet.  And hey, broccoli's not so bad once it has been seared in soy sauce!  Haha!  Happy dinner time, friends!