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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stir Fry Makes Dinner Easy - And This Handy Cheat Sheet Makes It Even Easier!

I've decided I'm going to try to pass along a good time-saving tip every now and again, because we can all use things that make our lives less complicated.

I've been on a real push to eat healthier this year, but finding time to cook a balanced, tasty, healthy meal is tough when you're a single mom working two jobs.

Tossing everything in a wok and putting together a stir fry takes mere minutes, and you can really get creative with combinations of veggies and sauces. I recently came across this awesome Stir Fry Cheat Sheet with dozens of variations all from a core supply of simple ingredients. This thing is a GODSEND.

In addition to the cheat sheet, I also front-load a lot of the work. Here's how to make your stir fry a piece of cake:

  • Use your weekend time to do some grilling, baking and chopping. Grill or bake chicken breasts or pork chops (just grill if it's steak), then slice and bag in individual portions. 
  • Chop your veggies and put a variety in each bag. My go-to items are bell peppers, onions, broccoli, red cabbage and brussel sprouts.
  • If your family likes varying sauces (like mine does), cook everything and serve the sauce on the side, letting each person drizzle as much or as little as they like on their food.
  • Don't think you're limited to serving stir fry over rice or noodles - I put it on store-bought pizza shells, sprinkle a little cheese over and voila! Delicious, veggie-laden pizza! Try it in warm tortillas, as well - so good!
And that, my friends, is how a busy woman makes a fast and yummy meal. Pass the soy sauce.

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