It’s another vegetarian/vegan meal coming your way. However, this can easily be made into a meat lovers meal by adding in the real thing!
This is a really flexible, 20-minute meal and one I usually throw together when I’m trying to use up what’s left in the fridge. You know those days!
1/4-1/2 package of orzo or chow mein noodles (or you can substitute brown or white rice)
1 cup each of your five favorite veggies chopped (This time I used carrots, broccoli, summer squash, red & orange peppers – all but the broccoli are from the garden)
1 package of chicken-less strips (I go back and forth between Trader Joe’s & Gardein)
1/4 – 1/2 bottle of peanut sauce (I use an organic peanut satay made by Full Circle)
1 tablespoon olive oil
In the ingredients, I mentioned 1/4 to 1/2 package of noodles because it depends on how much you want to ‘fill’ your meal with pasta. I tend to want more veggies than carbs so I lean toward 1/4 package. Cook your noodles or rice. While that’s cooking chop all your veggies. On medium-high, heat olive oil in pan or wok. Toss in the veggies that need to cook the longest. I toss in the carrots first, let them cook about 2 minutes and then the broccoli. Cook another 2 minutes. I like my veggies al dente so if you don’t adjust your cooking times accordingly.
I go back and forth between TJ’s and Gardein chicken. If you haven’t tried a Gardein product, you must!! I have friends that aren’t vegetarian and buy the orange chicken made by Gardein. It’s that good! Anyway, for this recipe I use one package of TJ’s Chicken-less Strips.
It’s already cooked, so I toss in just to heat it. Also, pour in about 1/8 – 1/4 cup of sauce – just enough to coat everything. Cook about 1 minute.
Random picture up next (really just so you can see the peanut sauce).
Next, I toss in the summer squash – cook about 2 minutes. Then, the red and orange peppers go in. Add a little more sauce; 1 -2 tablespoons. Cook another 2 minutes.
Last, you’ll add the noodles to the pan and the remaining sauce; 1/8 – 1/4 cup depending on how ‘wet’ you like your stir fry. Cook another minute.
This meals serves four healthy sized portions. On a side note, I reserve a little chicken and veggies to cook separately for our son as he thinks the peanut sauce is spicy.
Hope you enjoy!