Oh no! It’s almost 6 p.m., you haven’t even thought about dinner and the hungry crowd on the couch is getting restless. Luckily, all you need is 30 minutes to throw together this simple stir-fry, loaded with veggies and whatever protein (chicken, shrimp or tofu) you have on hand. Serve it with steamed rice or noodles, and you’ve got a nutritious, filling meal your family will love.
30-Minute Stir-Fry Dinner
Medium onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut into rounds or on the diagonal
1 head broccoli, chopped
1.2 red pepper, thinly sliced
½ green pepper, thinly sliced
8 mushrooms, sliced
Optional: frozen peas, canned baby corn, other veggies of choice
Protein options: chicken or beef, thinly sliced; shrimp; extra-firm tofu, cubed
2 Tbsp. olive oil (or oil of choice)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
Dash of black pepper
1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. In large wok or frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add vegetables in order listed above. Stir frequently as veggies cook.
3. If using chicken or beef, add when onions are added. If using shrimp, add with the peppers. If using tofu, add with the mushrooms.
4. Once the softest vegetable has been added, add garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and pepper.
5. Continue cooking until vegetables and tender and meat is done (or tofu is browned).
Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family—teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband—healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real—and keep it easy!