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One Skillet Stir Fry

In our little shack we get down to business especially, when a cooking stir fry. This stir fry in particular is a small milestone, marking the beginning of another farm season. My roommate brought home two large flats of micro arugula and one flat of micro cress. Cress and arugula are both greens that are used in salads and in a whole array of delicious recipes. We call them micro greens because of their size; smaller than ‘baby’ greens they are cut after an inch or two of growth. Micro greens are a great garnish for dressing up any dish; both arugula and cress both have a spicy zing flavor. So, when deciding what to cook, a stir fry seemed rather perfect; a celebration of all vegetables mainly, because the past few nights have consisted of pasta dinners. Don’t get me wrong I love pasta dinner, it’s one of my favorites, but when there’s too much starch in your diet, there is simply too much. To balance our lack of variety I purchased all the basic vegetables and the cheapest meat which ending up being boneless pork ribs and starting cooking.

Ingredients

Southern Style Boneless Pork Ribs – $6.07

Button Baby Bella Mushrooms – $1.79

2 Green Bell Peppers – $1.79

2 Red Onion – $3.10

1 Bulb of Garlic – $0.69

Spinach – $1.99

Arugula & Cress – Free! Compliments of our local farm!

Total – $15.49

Directions

1. Bring skillet to medium heat. Chop all vegetables and slice meat into bite-size chunks.

2. Add meat first; let edges of the meat brown then add all vegetables except for arugula and cress.

3. Once meat is done and vegetables are tender stir in handfuls of arugula and cress. Remove from heat immediately and serve.

Pictures

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Comments

Always cook the meat first, especially when cooking a heaping mound of raw meat and vegetables together. This I learned the hard way after cooking for so long that all my roommates fell asleep on me! It also probably did not help that our stove does not disperse heat evenly. So, cooking consisted of constant stirring and rotating the skillet to ensure all pieces of meat got cooked. After about an hour or so the meat was done and the veggies were a bit over cooked. I like my vegetables still crunchy in stir fries. The juices from the meat and spices mixed together gave this stir fry a classic savory taste. The arugula and cress added in after all the veggies have cooked allows the micro greens to wilt ever so slightly, but not turn to mush; keeping its spicy zing of a flavor. A wonderfully simple dish that feeds five people easily.

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Pork Stir Fry

Items and Costs 

(Courtesy of Hannaford’s)

1 Package of garlic, wine, and herb (dry seasoning) – $1.19

1 Package of ‘Fresh stir Fry’ Veggies – $3.00

Country-Style boneless pork ribs – $2.89

1 Bottle of Cooking Wine – $3.99

Total –> $11.07

Directions?

The idea for this stir fry was not from any recipe. Just a walk through the super market grabbing items based on their low prices and combinations of taste.

  1. First, heat skillet. While skillet is heating up, slice boneless pork ribs into small chunks. Then place in pan until slightly brown.
  2. Once meat is brown, throw in ‘Fresh Stir Fry’ veggies.
  3. Leave covered for 5-10 minutes. Then uncover and stir constantly.
  4.  After veggies and meat have mostly cooked down add dry seasoning and a small amount of wine.
  5. Continue constant stirring for another five minutes.
  6. Let cool and eat!

Comments

The stir fry was cooked in the cast iron skillet, which is one of our two pans in the house. Preparing and cooking this meal went very smooth. It’s hard to mess up a stir fry. As I continue to cook I realize more and more that I really need a cutting board. It’s hard not having a constant clean surface to prepare food on. Granted, we do have a marble counter-top in the house that is perfect for preparation, but this counter is usually subjected to other things, considering the house is under construction. Without a clean surface  you must get creative. Usually I’ll go for prepping food on a piece of cardboard on the counter or on a chair. The best is when I use meat in a meal, and prepare it using the package instead of finding a clean surface. So, when shopping for food to bring to the house and cook you have to put your “off the grid” goggles on. This ensures you don’t get yourself into a big a mess. Thankfully, Hannaford’s in Belfast  has the most convenient creations. Hannaford’s packages pre-cut vegetables that include mushrooms, onions, peppers, and snow peas for three dollars. This saved so much much time and energy cooking, never mind the silver ware. As for dry seasoning packets, I fully recommend them! Dry seasonings are way cheaper then bottled ones, and taste just as good if not better, especially garlic, herb, and wine. As I stated before, no matter what you put in it a stir fry, it’s just a “stir fry”! So, while your all watching T.V. tonight before bed, remember I am at home in the dark trying to read the differences between packaged seasonings. (But it doesn’t really matter, it will still taste good.)