April 11, 2013

The Stir-Fry Dilemma

I really like the idea of stir-fry because it's versatile and easy to make.  The problem is that I have a hard time making great tasting stir-fry.  I've made some good recipes in the past, but definitely none that have become my go-to recipe.

This week I tried marinated tempeh in stir-fry for the first time and that will be my last experiment with tempeh.  It didn't taste bad, in fact it tasted quite good after soaking in soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and rice vinegar, it's the texture that gets me...sort of like eating a sponge.

Until my CSA boxes start coming, I'm relying on Trader Joe's for vegetables.  This was my first time trying haricots verts, which I really liked but then again I love green beans, so that wasn't surprising.

I had never heard of haricots verts until reading Amanda Hesser's book, Cooking for Mr Latte, and Trader Joe's is the first place I've seen them sold in Wisconsin.

I also picked up a package of tempeh at Trader Joe's because I sometimes worry that I'm not getting enough protein.  I think back to the days when I couldn't give blood because my iron level was too low and how my test results immediately improved after I started eating meat cooked by Chris. 

That was back in 2004 just after we started dating, and today I don't know if I could give blood because after being hassled about living in England and being told I couldn't donate because of mad cow disease I gave up.

The big winner of this recent stir-fry experiment was Trader Joe's frozen brown rice.  I can't believe how beautifully it cooks up in only 3 minutes! 

I hesitated buying it because uncooked brown rice is certainly cheaper and freezer space is at a premium, however there have been so many times that our stir-fry is nearly done and we've forgotten to cook rice, that I figured it would be handy to have on-hand in those instances.

I'm not giving up on stir-fry and would love to find a great recipe before my CSA boxes start arriving.  If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know!


  1. Ha, I have a very similar post coming up with tempeh that I marinated in tamari. Picked it up on my Trader Joe's run last week! Chris didn't like it, I loved it!

  2. I'm also adding that brown rice to my list, I hate waiting 50 mins for brown rice to cook!

  3. I make tempe reubens which we all like. Have you thought about buying a freezer (they can be life-changing)?

  4. I just watched an episode of Chopped where they talked about haricot verts and I wondered where to get them around here - thanks for the share!