Do you have leftover meats/proteins? Vegetables that may start to turn? Cooked rice that’s just been sitting in the fridge? Make a stir-fry!
I love stir-fries. I probably make at least one every two weeks. They’re easy and you can throw in basically anything that you want. I usually look for leftover vegetables that will go bad if I don’t use them.
Last night I used a frozen bag of stir-fry vegetables, leftover brown rice, egg, and tofu. I have a beautiful large wok that was a Christmas present from my in-laws that I love to use.
I started by heating up the wok for a few minutes and then threw in some vegetable oil and let it heat up for a minute ( I learned this from watching Hell’s Kitchen, I never knew you had to warm the pan before putting in oil), then I tossed in the frozen veggies, stirring every so often.
In the meantime I had preheated the oven to 350 F with my stone tray inside to get warm. When the oven was ready, I tossed in my pressed and cubed tofu and let it cook for 20 minutes. This is just one way of letting them cook. Sometimes I will put them in the wok instead. Either way, you want them to brown slightly.
After the tofu is done baking, I pull them out and throw them in the wok with the vegetables. The vegetables should be thoroughly cooked at this point, maybe 10-15 minutes. I toss them all together with a table spoon or two of soy sauce and then put them aside in a bowl.
Normally I would just throw in my rice at this point to hear it up, but last night I decided to sort of turn it in to “fried rice” by adding eggs. I think I should have just scrambled the eggs and then added the rice but I got impatient and put them in together, haha. The consistency was slightly strange to be honest. Eggy rice. So lesson learned. Anyway I added a touch more vegetable oil and soy sauce. As an option, you can add a 1/2-1 teaspoon of sesame oil. It tastes delicious but be warned, you only need a little. Once they were heated up, I put them in my dinner bowl and put the vegetables on top.
Voila. Easy left-over stir-fry.