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“Red Rules!” Stir-fry

"Red Rules" Stir-fry

"Red Rules" Stir-fry

After deciding on my ingredients for this vegan stir-fry, I found a “red” theme emerging. Quite appropriate during a month that’s all about Valentine’s and roses, don’t you think?  Red bell peppers, red potatoes, red kidney beans…and some Spanish paprika in the seasoning (red also!). To add some other colors to the plate, I tossed in cauliflower and spinach. too. Although my preference is to eat this tasty dish without any underlying grain, you might also enjoy it served over brown rice or quinoa. 

About this dish:
Vegetarian/vegan? Yes, it is!

Gluten Conscious? You’re in the clear!

Everyone: Dig in! 


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

  • Spinach – 6 cups
  • Cauliflower – 3 cups, chopped

    Raw Materials for Red Rules Stir-fry

    Raw Materials

  • Red bell peppers – 3 cups chopped
  • Red potatoes – 3 medium-sized, chopped into small pieces
  • Red kidney beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Olive oil – 1 Tbsp to prep pan
  • Cilantro – 1 tsp
  • Spanish paprika – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

 Get cooking…

  1. In a small bowl, combine cilantro, papriak, salt, black pepper & ginger, then set aside.
  2. Warm olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add potatoes and cauliflower. Stir often & cook until slightly tender.
  4. Decrease heat to low and spinach and red peppers. Stir often & cook until tender, but not overdone.
  5. Add red kidney beans and spices.
  6. Stir until well-mixed.
  7. Serve (over rice or quinoa if you wish) and enjoy!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Pepper Perfect Stir-fry with Sweet Ginger Soy Sauce

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Pepper Perfect Stir-fry with Sweet Ginger Soy Sauce

Pepper Perfect Stir-fry with Sweet Ginger Soy Sauce

Peppers, peppers, colorful peppers were on the  Produce Geek‘s picks of the week . With the weather forecast predicting that all will be white tomorrow morning, I was happy to cook up a dish that is bright and not even close to monochrome. Red peppers, yellow peppers and some Hungarian hot wax peppers with cabbage, kidney beans in a sweet ginger sauce. Beautiful for the eyes to behold – and quite delicious as well! Perfect over rice, or on its own (the way I like it!).

Vegetarian/vegan? You’re good to go – No meat or animal products here!

Gluten Conscious? You’re in the clear, too! Just be sure to check the label if you use soy sauce instead of Liquid Aminos.

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…

  • Red bell pepper – 1 1/2 cups, chopped into bite-sized pieces

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    Raw materials

  • Yellow bell pepper – 1 1/2 cups, chopped into bite-sized pieces

Other ingredients…

  • Green cabbage – 6 cups, chopped
  • Hungarian hot wax pepper – 1 large pepper (seeds removed), thinly sliced
  • Red kidney beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Brown rice (optional) – 2 cups, cooked
  • Long hot peppers – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces
  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup (plus 2 Tbsp for prepping the pan/wok)
  • Rice vinegar – 3 Tbsps
  • Fresh Ginger – 3 Tbsps, minced
  • Honey – 3 Tbsps
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 2 tsps

 Get cooking…

  1. Prepare the stir-fry sauce: Whisk together olive oil, rice vinegar, liquid aminos, ginger  & honey into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm 2 Tbsps olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add peppers and cabbage. Stir often until tender, but not overdone.
  4. Decrease heat to low and add sauce.
  5. Stir until ingredients are warm and evenly distributed.
  6. Serve (over rice if you wish) and enjoy!

Makes 4  servings – Eat well!

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

Nutty Stir-fried Rice with Spinach, Pear and Sesame Ginger Sauce

At first glance, you might think that this week’s creation has a rather odd combination of ingredients. But I believe that you’ll find this dish to make perfect sense after you taste it.

The Produce Geek‘s picks of the week included walnuts and Anjou pears. Matched up with some spinach, brown rice and my Sesame Ginger sauce, the fruit and nuts go from “oddball ingredients” to “out of this world”. Give it a try! 

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…

  • Walnuts – 2 cups, chopped
  • Green Anjou Pears – 2 cups, chopped into bite-sized chunks
    Raw Materials

    Raw Materials

Other ingredients…

  • Spinach – 12 cups (sounds like a lot, but it shrinks severely when cooked!)
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked
  • Sesame oil – 1/4 cup
  • Canola oil – 1/4 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar – 3 Tbsps (preferably raw)
  • Honey – 1 Tbsp (preferably raw)
  • Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) – 1 Tbsp
  • Fresh Ginger – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp for prepping pan

 Get cooking…

  1. Warm olive oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, prepare stir-fry sauce:
    • Put sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, Liquid Aminos, ginger & honey in a blender.
    • Blend until smooth.
  3. When oil in pan is hot, add spinach. Note: add spinach gradually because all 12 cups might not fit in your pan all at once. Stir continuously until all spinach is in the pan.
  4. Add walnuts, cooked brown rice and stir-fry sauce. Stir until ingredients are warm and evenly distributed.
  5. Turn off heat and add pears. Stir to distribute evenly throughout the pan.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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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