Looking for a perfect mid-week, “I don’t feel like cooking” meal? Well, you're in luck! This easy Stir Fry is a go-to in our household and seriously it's SO simple! I’ve also put together three other recipes to make from our Capsule Pantry list. Their unique flavors may make you step out of your comfort box, but just a baby step. In addition to the Easy Stir Fry, there's Coconut Curry, Spicy Protein and Mash, and a warm Kale Salad. They highlight flavors that you may or may not regularly eat in your kitchen, but even if these stretch your palate just a bit, I hope you’ll give them a try. I think my favorite thing about these dishes is they keep me on my toes. When I want to just cook something I’m comfortable with, these dishes push me and have made me want to play with these flavors even more. I hope that these will encourage you to enjoy and explore more different food styles. You may just find out you love something you never thought you would! (New to the Capsule Pantry? Start here!)
As I wrote out my recipe, (Did you know most of my recipes have previously only been in my head? Whenever people use to ask me for recipes I always had to tell them next time I made it I’d write it down for them, ha!) I realized I made one mistake on the pantry list and left off a nut butter. What was I thinking?! I guess it sort of slipped my mind because it’s a staple in my home--literally we are never without it. I am a nut butter freak, but particularly peanut butter and this peanut sauce is so good. Luckily, it’s also really good without! So, if you don’t have or want to use a nut butter, it’s more of a traditional teriyaki tasting sauce, still super delicious.
The Pantry Capsule: Stir Fry
- 1 lb meat of protein I used chicken thighs (other great options: tofu, shrimp, beef)
- 1 bag of frozen oriental vegetables
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 half onion chopped
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Optional: 1 cup frozen edamame 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 ½ c rice or quinoa uncooked
- 4 tablespoon aminos or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon honeys
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Optional for a peanut sauce: 2 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter of choice (Pic’s is my favorite!)
- Measure sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together, set aside.
- Heat a saute pan with oil on medium, add onions and saute until clear (about 3-4 minutes), then add protein and garlic, cook through.
- In the same pan add frozen veggies, spices, and salt and pepper and stir for 3 minutes, then pour sauce over mixture and stir for 2 more minutes.
- Serve over cooked rice or quinoa and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
The Pantry Capsule: Coconut Curry
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 potato peeled, cut into small cubes
- 3 cloves large garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Curry Paste
- 1 can coconut milk full fat
- 1 can chickpeas drained & rinsed
- 2 tablespoons aminos or soy sauce
- 15 baby tomatoes halved
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- Optional: 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 4 cups cooked rice or quinoa
- Cook rice or quinoa.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium high heat. Add onions and potatoes, cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes have softened (about 8 minutes).
- Then, add garlic, curry paste and ¼ cup of coconut milk, set aside remaining. Stir until curry is dissolved.
- Add chickpeas, soy sauce and remaining coconut milk. Bring to a boil for cook 3 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, honey and vinegar. Turn to low and Simmer 3-4 minutes.
- Serve over rice or quinoa and top with fresh cilantro and a side of naan or pita.
The Pantry Capsule: Spicy Protein with Kale & Mash
- 1 tablespoon oil ghee or butter
- 3 large potatoes sweet or russet, peeled if you like
- ½ teaspoon garlic
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- ½ cups broth
- ½ cup shredded cheese optional
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon oil butter or ghee
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 lb. chicken cubed - OR - shrimp - OR - tofu
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- Optional: hot sauce
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Rustic Potatoes:
- Fill a large pot with water, add potatoes and bring to a boil, cook for 15-20 minutes until soft.
- I like to keep these rustic and chunky by simply smashing and adding salt, butter/oil, milk, broth, cheese. Continuing mashing until well combined.
- Add the butter/oil over medium heat.
- Add protein to the pan and sprinkle with seasonings. Cook through, set aside.
- Heat the butter/oil in a nonstick over medium heat
- Add the greens, garlic, vinegar and saute until soft/wilted.
- Serve protein and kale over mash and drizzle with hot sauce.
The Pantry Capsule: Warm Kale & Sweet Potato Salad
- 5-6 cups of kale chopped
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled if you desire, cubed
- ¼ teaspoon
- Pinch of pepper
- 2 tablespoon oil ‘
- 1 cup cooked quinoa lentils, rice, or couscous can work as well
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ¾ cup nuts or dried fruit
- ½ cup coconut milk canned
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoon mustard I used dijon
- 3 tablespoons honey to taste
- 2 tablespoons vinegar I used apple cider
- 1 clove garlic pressed or minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Set oven to 400 degrees.
- Prepare quinoa (or other grain)
- Spread potatoes on a baking sheet, evenly drizzle oil over, and sprinkle salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes until cooked through.
- Remove kale from stem, chop and place in a large bowl.
- Combine dressing ingredients and whisk well.
- Allow sweet potatoes to cool for 5-8 minutes, then add to quinoa along with quinoa.
- Add nuts, dried fruit or chickpeas if using.
- Pour dressing over and toss.
Photography by Chase Daniel