I got the pleasure of dog/house sitting recently. ‘Red dog’ is one of my favorite four-legged friends. What made this visit more exciting for me this time was that I had access to some good kitchen space and a large skillet. It made me so excited! I do have to say I love my new little studio and I am grateful every day for this sweet arrangement I have. But, I have not had the resources to make my tiny kitchen space more functional for me, which also means I am living with the bare essentials of my kitchen supplies. This has definitely been a lesson in how often I use certain kitchen items and I realize that I do use most of what I own regularly. I have been missing some of my most used supplies quite often! We will be back together soon enough! For now, I am doing the best I can until I can get a kitchen island and my favorite supplies from storage. I make it work because it is what I have now. But, for me, there is nothing better than a spacious kitchen with all the good gadgets and kitchen tools I need to create something fantastic.
The home owners always offer up any fresh produce and foods in house, and sometimes I will eat something that looks like it won’t last, but mostly I have always planned my own foods to bring. I am living with slim financial resources these days and I just couldn’t plan my foods in the way I have in the past. This time I welcomed the offer and used some of the veggies to create a delicious stir-fry. I brought my own brown basmati rice and made some of that, too. I love a big pile of perfectly stir fried veggies over a bed of rice.
I have been craving vegetables! Variety! I regularly keep greens of some kind and carrots, but I just don’t have the space I used to for fridge storage so storing multiple types of produce just doesn’t happen. I keep it to my daily favorites. Not only did I get to enjoy one of my daily favorites in this dish, I enjoyed parsnips, red onion, zucchini and turnips. Someone recently said it would be good for me to eat some grounding root vegetables to help me feel more settled and secure. I think this dish accomplishes that. As well, these vegetables provide a winning combination of vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals. My stress levels will remain low and my spirits high. Can’t ask for better in a tasty meal. Give this a try. Let yourself feel good! Enjoy!
In a large skillet preheated on the stove top, add 1-1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, dark sesame oil or combination of both. Add onions to pan and cook until translucent. Add roughly chopped, bite sized veggies of your choice, beginning with hardest veggies first. Add remaining veggies as the harder ones begin to cook. I added a few splashes of Tamari, a dime sized drop of oyster sauce and a generous sprinkling of thyme. Veggies stir-fried to al dente style is the most tasty!