Mondays are swim lesson nights at our house, so by the time we get home at 5:45, my kids are hungry and getting cranky.  Lack of time is the biggest reason that many busy families resort to frozen dinners or a local drive-thru.  Not necessary!  I love to show people how quick and delicious it can be to cook real, whole-food meals and tonight was an example.  There was nothing fancy about it, but it was yummy and full of nutrients.  We came in the door to the usual chaos, and I grabbed veggies out of the fridge and made a stir-fry.  Dinner took less than 20 minutes.  Everyone has 20 minutes.  It would take longer to order pizza!  While I cooked, my kids ate a few raisins.

Here’s the stir-fry I made. . . I happened to have a half container of shitake mushrooms and a half container of baby bella mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, onions, carrots and celery.  I wanted tempeh but realized I didn’t have any, but I did have tofu so I used that.  You get the idea – throw in whatever you have on hand!   This easily fed my family of five and even my kids were happy with this simple dinner (I also gave them sliced apples, oranges and bananas since I didn’t have any grains ready to serve).

Quick Stir-fry

1 onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 bunch broccoli, florets cut into bite-sized pieces

½ red pepper (that’s all I had left)

½ container shitake mushrooms, sliced

½ container baby bella mushrooms, sliced

1 tsp grated ginger

1 garlic clove

2-3 tbsp tamari

1 package organic extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed

 

Drain tofu and place on a towel-lined plate.  Place another towel and heavy pot on top of tofu to press out excess water.

Place garlic, onion, celery, ginger and 2 tbsp tamari in wok over med-high heat.

Start chopping peppers and carrots.

Add peppers and carrots to pan.

Slice mushrooms and broccoli and then add to pan.

Slice tofu into small cubes and add to wok with additional tbsp or so of tamari.

Cook until desired doneness.  This took just a couple minutes until broccoli was perfect.

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The idea here is that you cook as you prep, throwing in the veggies that you want to cook the longest first.  Stir-fry meals are so easy and quick.  You can literally throw in whatever vegetables, protein and seasonings you have.  If I would’ve had fresh herbs, they would’ve gone in too.  Next time you are running home just in time for dinner, drive past the fast food restaurant and challenge yourself to throw together something simple for your family that you can feel good about!