I started my Sunday with a pilates class (haven't been in months) and a trip to the grocery store. I was home and ready to enjoy the rest of my day by 10am. That is so unlike me. I am more of a let's leisurely have breakfast and start the day at noon because it is the weekend kind of person. It felt great and motivated me make great dinners this week. My new slow cooker came on Friday, so I am psyched to use it. I have a jambalaya recipe that I usually make on the stove and a Southwestern brisket from Smitten on the agenda.
Last week, I made this delicious Thai stir fry that was easy to put together with ingredients I usually keep around the kitchen. I keep a lot of Asian ingredients around, probably more than most. Having a bottle of soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, and sesame oil in the pantry can make it easy to whip up a non-take out Asian dinner. With a few other items, mostly healthful, this came together quite nicely.
Crunchy Thai Stir Fry
For the sauce:
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter that has been heated in the microwave
2 cloves of garlic, minced
juice of two limes
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
Sriracha or any hot sauce to taste
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Set aside.
For the stir fry:
about two cups shredded or diced cooked chicken. I use a rotisserie chicken from the market
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (if you do not have this, use more rice or more veggies)
8oz package of "ready brown rice" like Uncle Ben's, cooked
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1 can sliced bamboo shoots
handful of chopped cilantro
3 chopped scallions
handful of crushed peanuts
Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat with a couple glugs of vegetable or peanut oil. Once hot, add the onions and carrots and saute until carrots are just tender. Add the chicken, quinoa, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and the sauce. Cook, stirring well, until everything is well heated and combined. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Serve hot with cilantro, scallion, and peanuts sprinkled on top.