Recipe Files: Spring Veggie Stir-fry


Now that Spring has sprung, it’s time for a quick and easy dinner that is delicious and good for you! We get about 3 servings out of this and it takes about thirty minutes, if you’re being slow on prep work, like me. It’s tasty with just a touch of heat and includes lots of great green veggies.

To begin, you’ll need:

  • 8 oz (an overflowing cup) of jasmine rice
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 heaping T. green curry paste (I usually add another teaspoon or so for extra flavor)
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, cut into sticks about 2 inches long
  • 4-6 ounces of green beans, cut into pieces that are about 2 inches long
  • 6-8 ounces of asparagus, cut into pieces that are about 2 inches long

Start by cooking your rice according to package directions. Once cooked, place it to the side so it will “dry.” While the rice is losing some of its wetness, heat the oil in a wok or large pan. Add the curry paste and stir for about 1 minute. Then add the garlic and onions, cooking until fragrant. Add in the zucchini, green beans, and asparagus. Cook until tender, around 5 minutes. Add the rice into the wok and stir with the vegetables. Heat through, taking 3-5 minutes. And you are done! Plate and enjoy this tasty vegetarian Spring dish!

*adapted from Perfect Vegetarian

–linking up with The Southern Institute

quick and easy stir-fried green beans

quick and easy stir-fried green beans

green bean stir-fry (picture with red wine spinach and lentils)

Quick and dirty today! This is a super simple preparation of fresh green beans that I often love to do as an easy side dish to whatever meal I’m having.  I love these so much that I often throw them in with other totally “non-asian” flavored main dishes, just because. 🙂

To begin, you’ll need:

  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, cleaned, with ends snapped off
  • about a T of olive oil
  • about 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 – 4 T. soy sauce (depending on your taste)

All you have to do is warm up your wok over medium-high heat.  Add in the oil, followed shortly by the garlic.  Let the garlic get aromatic and then toss in the green beans.  Stir until crisp-tender about 3 minutes.  Then add in the soy sauce and cook for another 3-5 minutes.  And done! You can always play around with the flavors and it’s easy to add in some extras like slivered almonds, but this is a good basic recipe for a little Asian flair with your meal.