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B.S. (not what you think!) Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

B.S. Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

B.S. Stir-fry with Pinto Beans in Peanut Sauce

Title catch your attention? Just as I intended! “B.S.” in this case represents something other than what you might have interpreted it to mean.  It stands for two key ingredients in this week’s stir-fry: Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash.  Thank you Produce Geek  for choosing produce picks that are not only delicious, but that also allowed me to form a rather clever name for this week’s dish.

 This vegan stir-fry featuring pinto beans has a lot of substance – and a lot of flavor – thanks to the weekly picks that also include Granny Smith apples, and my peanut sauce. Serve over brown or basmati rice if you wish, but I believe you’ll find it perfectly satisfying on its own.

Vegetarian/vegan: Enjoy – this dish is 100% both.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! (But if using soy sauce instead of Liquid Aminos, be sure you choose a gluten-free brand.)

Everyone: Dig in! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert buying advice every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Brussel sprouts – 6 cups, cut in half

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

    Raw materials for this week's stir-fry

  • Butternut squash – 2 cups, chopped into small pieces
  • Granny Smith apples – 2 cups, chopped into small pieces

Other ingredients…

  • Pinto beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Peanut oil – 1 Tbsp (plus 2 tsps additional for prepping pan)
  • Natural peanut butter – 3 Tbsps
  • Apple cider vinegar – 2 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Brown or basmati rice – 2 cups, cooked (optional)

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm 2 tsps peanut oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, prepare stir-fry sauce: Whisk together remaining peanut oil, peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, honey, garlic & cayenne pepper in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add brussel sprouts & squash. Stir until tender, but not soggy  (approximately 15 minutes).
  4. Lower heat to medium-low and add pintos, apples & peanut sauce.
  5. Stir until ingredients are warmed and evenly distributed.

Serve all by itself (my favorite way to enjoy it) or over rice.

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!
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“Scrambled” Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

Two of my favorite greens  – asparagus and broccoli – made the Produce Geek’s pick list this week. And so did Fuji apples (sweet and firm and at their peak right now!). In just 30 minutes, I combined all three – along with sliced white mushrooms and farm fresh, protein-packed eggs – into a hearty autumn vegetarian stir-fry. Accented by a zingy cider-based sauce, this combo is sure to chase the chill away from those brisk fall days.

Vegan version: Substitute the eggs with pintos or kidney beans for your  protein-punch.

Gluten Conscious: No gluten here! )

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What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Asparagus – 3 cups, cut into 2-3 inch long pieces

    Raw materials for Scrambled Veggie and Apple Autumn Stir-fry

    Raw materials

  • Broccoli – 3 cups, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Fuji apples – 1 1/2 cups chopped into small pieces

Other ingredients…

  • White mushrooms – 4 cups, sliced
  • Eggs – 8 whole, broken into a medium-sized bowl
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup (plus 1 Tbsp for prepping pan)
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1/3 cup (preferably raw)
  • Apple cider – 4 Tbsp
  • Sea salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Brown rice – 2 cups (optional)

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm 1 Tbsp Olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. When hot, add broccoli and asparagus. Stir often and cook until slightly tender  (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Add mushrooms and stir until they no longer look raw (approximately 3 – 5 minutes).
  4. Lower heat to medium-low, add eggs and stir until all are cooked and mixed throughout the vegetables.
    • Prepare the sauce in the meantime – In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, apple cider, sea salt & cayenne pepper.
  5. Pour sauce on top of the stir-fry and stir until evenly distributed.

Serve by itself or over brown rice – savor the fall flavors!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spunky Peanut Dressing

Salad made with the Produce Geek's picks of the week

Simple, yet full of flavor: Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Spunky Peanut Dressing

Who isn’t looking for ways to keep summer meals simple? This gluten-free salad proves that you don’t have to give up taste – even when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on a dish.

The Produce Geek recommended organic spinach on his pick list this week, so I used that as the building block of a grilled chicken salad that really hits the spot. Topped with my own-made peanut dressing (one you can easily recreate at your home), this dish is full of flavor even though it demands very little effort. Garnish with a wedge of Athena cantaloupe for visual appeal –  which doubles as a built-in appetizer or sweet treat for dessert.

Vegetarian or Vegan? Grilled tofu substituted for the chicken makes an equally excellent salad!

 

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Organic spinach – 4 cups

    Produce Geek's Picks for week of July 25, 2011

    "Raw materials" for our salad

  • Athena cantaloupe – 4 wedges

Other ingredients…

  • Green pepper –  2 cups, sliced and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Sweet red pepper – 2 cups, sliced and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Spring onions – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces
  • Grilled chicken tenderloins – 1 lb

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

  • Peanut oil – 1/3 cup
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar) – 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 2 1/2 tsps
  • Honey (I prefer raw, but regular will do) – 1 Tbsp
  • Natural peanut butter – 1/3 cup
  • Fresh ginger – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper – 1/4 tsp (or more or less to taste)

Get cooking…

  1. Assemble foundation of the salad by placing a bed of spinach on your plates.
  2. Place green and red pepper pieces around the perimeter of each serving.
  3. Top with grilled chicken tenderloins and spring onions.
  4. Create your peanut dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a blender.
    2. “Blend” until smooth.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  5. Place salad dressing and wedge of cantaloupe on each plate and serve.
Makes 4 servings

Chicken and Apricot Stir-fry in Ginger Sauce…with Nutty Peach Appetizer

Because today’s post is something of a “ribbon cutting” for From Pick to Pan, WELCOME! You can read more about my inspiration for sharing these posts on my About This Blog page. But to summarize, I’m a natural foods fan and devoted follower of the Produce Geek’s weekly recommendations for what fruits and vegetables have the best flavor and price – right now! So, every Wednesday, I publish a stir-fry or salad recipe that puts a few of  his picks for the current week into delicious action. 

Creative, simple, healthy. Something for everyone. And I invite and encourage you to take artistic liberty with these recipes. Substitute meat for beans, beans for meat, snap peas for snow peas, snow peas for snap peas…and share comments to let the rest of us know about the twists you’ve made to make these creations your very own!

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Although not traditional stir-fry fare, two of the Produce Geek’s suggestions this week captured my mind’s eye immediately: Apricots and White Peaches. 

"Raw" Materials for July 6, 2011 Post

"Raw" materials for this week's recipe

In this gluten-free stir-fry, I used some favorite stir-fry staples: broccoli, bok choy, sweet red peppers, onions and grilled chicken breast – then added sliced apricots to give the dish an unexpected sweetness and tang. The ginger sauce adds another layer of taste to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients without overwhelming them.

I didn’t incorporate the white peaches into my stir-fry, but rather into a sweet & salty, nutty appetizer (which could serve as fantastic light dessert instead). 


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • 4 medium/large apricots – cut into halves, pitted, then cut into slices

    Chicken and Apricot Stir-fry

    Chicken & Apricot Stir-fry

Other ingredients…

  • Broccoli –  3 cups, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Bok Choy – 3 cups, chopped into slightly larger than bite-sized pieces
  • Grilled/cooked boneless chicken breast tenderloins – 1 pound
  • 2 Large sweet red peppers – chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Sweet onion – 1 cup, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Garlic cloves – minced
  • Peanut oil – 1/3 cup (plus a little extra for prepping the pan)
  • Raw apple cider vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Fresh ginger root – 1/4 cup, minced
  • Orange juice – 3 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp (I prefer raw honey, but regular will do)
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or substitute light soy sauce) – 2 Tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper – a few optional dashes
  • Brown rice – 2 – 3 cups cooked

Get cooking…

  1. Warm a tsp of peanut oil in a large deep frying pan or wok on med-high heat.
  2. Add garlic cloves and onions and brown for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli, bok choy and red pepper.
  4. Stir often and cook until tender, but still maintaining some snap (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  5. In a medium bowl, make ginger sauce: combine peanut oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger, liquid aminos (or soy sauce), orange juice and honey. Whisk well to mix ingredients.
  6. Add ginger sauce, apricots, grilled chicken and a few dashes of cayenne (optional) to the stir-fry. Stir until all ingredients are warmed and mixed thoroughly (approximately 3 minutes).
  7. Serve over brown rice.
Makes 4 servings

What You’ll Need For the Appetizer:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • 2 White peaches – cut into chunks

    Nutty Peach Appetizer

    Nutty Peach Appetizer (doubles as a light dessert)

Other ingredients…

  • Raw peanuts (or roasted & salted) – 4 Tbsp
  • Sea Salt – a few light dashes (skip if using roasted, salted peanuts)
  • Cilantro – dried, 3-4 pinches

Get cooking…

  1. Combine peach chunks, peanuts, sea salt and cilantro in a medium bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Spoon into individual serving glasses or dessert cups.
Makes 4 servings
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