Easy Stir Fry-A Family Favorite Meal

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Stir Fry: A Quick and Easy Dinner

Today’s families are busier than ever and will appreciate speed and consolidating time spent preparing their evening meal. One of the ways I have chosen to enhance quality family time and decrease meal prep time is to think of ways to stretch the menu. Weekly menu planning helps me to stay organized in the kitchen. I plan one large meal, such as roast chicken or pork tenderloin, and count how many more meals I can get from it. It doesn’t even have to be within the same week, but can be frozen and removed for a quick meal later in the month.

I have discovered stir-fry to be a healthy and versatile meal. There are so many ways to prepare it that it never gets old or routine. For those families who do not consume meat, it can be easily converted to a vegetable stir-fry by merely eliminating the addition of any meat. Or, just add tofu for an additional protein boost.

What is Tofu?

Tofu is an important source of protein for vegetarian diets. It originated in Ancient China as part of the Buddhist culture. It is often referred to as bean curd and is made by extracting the soy ‘milk’ from the soybean, then coagulating it into white blocks. It has a mild flavor. Caution: if you are allergic to soy, or are on medication such as levothyroxine, that is contraindicated with soy products, do not ingest tofu or soy products.

Budget meals: Stir Fry

**Total family meal serving six (one cup serving) with rice:

1 package of four pork chops=$4.19

1 C brown rice = $0.50

stir fry sauce=$2.89

1/4 lb. of carrots= $0.50

½ onion=$0.35

1 can baby corn=$1.49

1 C zucchini-free

1 bunch broccoli=$1.89

Total price for meal=$11.81

**Price will vary depending on current cost and number of items used.

Stir Fry ingredients vary

The great thing about making stir fry is that the ingredients can vary depending on what you have on hand, and it is a wonderfully simple way to use left overs. For example, on the first day I may have chicken, on the second day I will throw the left over or tiny bits of chicken into a stir fry pan and mix them with vegetables.

Plus, the whole family can help chop vegetables or throw the veggies into the pan, providing an opportunity to engage in dialogue. For this evening meal I used a cheaper cut of pork chop, a portion of a zucchini given to me from a friend’s garden, half of an onion, one cup of carrots, broccoli and a can of baby corn, chopped. I used a store bought stir-fry sauce, which tends to be higher in sodium, but can be reduced if you can find a low sodium brand. I don’t use a homemade sauce due to the time factor. There are so many ways to enhance the stir fry-like a big pot of homemade vegetable soup-add what you have.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: six (1) C servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Pork Chops, or any meat or seafood or Tofu
  • 1 Cup Broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped or diced
  • 1 Cup carrots, chopped or sliced
  • 1 Cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can baby corn, or any fresh or frozen corn
  • any amount vegetable, on hand
  • 1 14-16 oz bottle stir fry sauce, any brand, low sodium or regular
  • 2 T vegetable oil, or pan spray for skillet

Photos of steps to make stir-fry

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Fresh vegetables can vary with what you have on hand.slice bits of meat or sea food into bite size pieces.For ease and as a time saver use a store bought stir fry sauceChop vegetables into equal sized piecesUse a large enough skillet or wok to hold all ingredients.Cook pork thoroughlyAdd all veggies to the meat in the skilletAdd the stir-fry sauce and mix in.Stir the stir-fry to mix in the sauce.Cover for 2-3 minutes to steam.Enjoy a healthy meal of stir-fry and rice.
Fresh vegetables can vary with what you have on hand.
Fresh vegetables can vary with what you have on hand. | Source
slice bits of meat or sea food into bite size pieces.
slice bits of meat or sea food into bite size pieces. | Source
For ease and as a time saver use a store bought stir fry sauce
For ease and as a time saver use a store bought stir fry sauce | Source
Chop vegetables into equal sized pieces
Chop vegetables into equal sized pieces | Source
Use a large enough skillet or wok to hold all ingredients.
Use a large enough skillet or wok to hold all ingredients. | Source
Cook pork thoroughly
Cook pork thoroughly | Source
Add all veggies to the meat in the skillet
Add all veggies to the meat in the skillet | Source
Add the stir-fry sauce and mix in.
Add the stir-fry sauce and mix in. | Source
Stir the stir-fry to mix in the sauce.
Stir the stir-fry to mix in the sauce. | Source
Cover for 2-3 minutes to steam.
Cover for 2-3 minutes to steam. | Source
Enjoy a healthy meal of stir-fry and rice.
Enjoy a healthy meal of stir-fry and rice. | Source
  1. Prepare all food ingredients by chopping and slicing, dicing vegetables and meat. Get the whole family involved in this to make the meal prep go quicker. In a separate pot, prepare your RICE, (unless you are using instant rice, which cooks in about one minute). Usually rice takes approximately 20 minutes to cook and can stand on the stove as you complete the other part of your meal preparation.
  2. When food ingredients are almost ready add 2 T of vegetable oil and heat the wok or electric skillet to 350 degrees.
  3. When skillet or wok is ready add the meat and cook thoroughly.
  4. Add the denser vegetables next, such as carrots or broccoli.
  5. Add the less dense and quicker cooking vegetables next, such as onion.
  6. Cover and let steam for 2 minutes
  7. Remove cover and stir in the stir fry sauce mixing thoroughly with the other ingredients.
  8. Replace the cover and cook for another minute or so to allow the integration of the flavors.
  9. Rice: cook instant rice at the last minute of your simmering skillet.

Stir Fry combinations to try:

Main Entree
Veggies
Sauce
Vegetarian Stir Fry
Any combination
Soy based Stir Fry
Chicken Curry Stir Fry
baby corn, green beans, water chestnuts, bell pepper, onion
coconut milk, red curry paste
Shrimp Curry Stir Fry
onions, bell pepper, water chestnuts, snow peas, broccoli
coconut milk, red curry paste
Beef Stir Fry
onions, baby corn, broccoli, water chestnuts
soy based stir fry sauce

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I stir fry all the time. I don't like white rice so i substitute wild brown rice. Great recipe. Thank you for the share..


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I love stir-fry meals and I enjoyed this hub because you included tips on weekly menu planning and also estimated cost of preparing this particular stir-fry meal.

Loved the photos and step by step directions. Voted up across the board except for funny and given 5 stars.

Good luck in the contest.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gail-thanks for your vote and feedback. I squeezed this in between sleep...sleep lost out! Hahaha.


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I LOVE Asian food and stir- fry meals. Just had a low calorie Asian salad yesterday and enjoyed it so much, I will have more this weekend. This recipe I will save and try. Sounds yummy!

Voted up!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

This is useful rated 5 because it is so useful :) Thanks for the quick recipe :) Frank


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Marie-I love simple and quick recipes that taste good and have an added health benefit, go figure! Hahaha. Thanks for the vote up.

Frank-thank you so much for your rating for it's usefulness. I appreciate it. The difficulty is the prep time, but even that can be cut down by buying already cut or frozen veggies that are bite size. I usually don't do that-I do the manuel or better yet, put the family to work for their meal, haha.


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

mmm...What time did you say dinner is :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

We have stir-fry often because as you said, you can put just about any vegetable or meat in it and it takes no time at all. Voted up and rated with 5 stars for healthfulness and ease.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This looks great Denise. We should get together and have a stir-fry party. Everyone has to bring a stir-fry dish :)

Rated, and voted.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL I've been to a lot of 'themed' parties in my day, but never a 'stir fry' one. That's a good one! Okay-you're on: your place or mine?


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL mts-you're funny. Hey, you're always welcome, but I understand you'll be having dinner with Mark and Linda on his new boat soon. :)

Danette-thanks for your comments. Stir fry-everything but the kitchen sink sometimes. It's a good way to finish up leftovers! Thanks for rating my recipe. :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Denise how about if we meet 1/2 way.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Susan, that sounds like a great plan-I love to travel, LOL


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Stir fries are so quick easy to make. I love them. Not much washing up afterwards either!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi acaetnna-gee, what a 'plus' for stir fry. I hadn't even considered that end of it, haha. Thanks for stopping by.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Sounds good. I saved this page to my recipes folder. Thanks. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi B.-it is such an easy recipe to create, and so versatile, I'm sure you and your wife will enjoy it. Thanks for the votes and share!


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

I love stir frying. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying it.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi, Toknowinfo-this is one of the easiest and most versatile meals to fix for your family. It's quick, and other than a bottle of your favorite brand of stir fry, there are no special ingredients needed-just use whatever meat, seafood and veggies you happen to have on hand. Thanks for reading.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I love stir fry too and I use less meat and more veggies all the time, really just enough to flavor it. Great idea and money saver!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie...it really is a budget saver, that's for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Denise,

Loved this quick and easy recipe! A big fan of stir fry I usually do chicken or beef. Will try this pork chop one next time! Voted up, interesting and useful!! I'am hungry now!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL You're funny! Since I've responded over 24 hrs to your question, did you make the stir fry? hahaha. I made this last week with ONE chop. I bought a package of six chops-froze 3, served 2 for dinner one night then the next night used the third chop for the stir fry. Next week I'll cook up the other three chops from the freezer. I love this recipe...it is so versatile.


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jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love Stir fries, the best way to put together a healthy meal, and get those veggies in . Thanks for sharing this.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jaydene-yes, I agree...and there are so many varieties to choose from. Thanks for visiting this one. :)

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