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Chicken-less Stir Fry

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!

Ingredients:

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.

and serve…

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!

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