Raid-the-Fridge Chicken and Cabbage Stirfry

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Picture to come.

INGREDIENTS:

Cooking oil (I used sunflower)
12 chicken thighs, cubed
1/2 cabbage, shredded
1 T. sesame oil
1/4 cup wheat- and alcohol-free soy sauce (or even more, if you like, to your taste)
1/2 tsp red chili paste (again, add more if you like/can tolerate a little heat)
1/2 packet frozen veggie mix: kale, butternut squash and quinoa (get it at Choices)
Handful of salted peanuts
Salt and pepper to taste

Steamed rice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Brown chicken until it’s no longer pink. Add cabbage, sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and chili paste, and cook, stirring often, until softened to your liking, about 5-10 minutes. Add frozen veggie mix and cook, stirring often, until it’s cooked in to the dish and liquid is mostly cooked off, about 5-10 minutes.

Serve over steamed rice. Sprinkle with peanuts to taste.

BEST FEATURES:

Used what I had in the fridge and freezer; was quick and easy; only two pots; not much clean-up.

BACK STORY:

My friend Terri made an invented lunch out of what she could find at hand today, and it turned out great for her! She inspired me to try the same approach for dinner, since I’m not yet going out of the house, and it turned out that J loved it. Yay me! 😝

As he’s putting stuff in the kitchen away before bedtime, he says to me, “You always forget what you make, and can’t make it again! I really liked that dinner tonight, so **WRITE IT DOWN** so you can make it again, ok?!?”

ADAPTATIONS AND LIMITATIONS:

Now, remember, I cannot cook anything in our house with the following ingredients: garlic, onions, corn, eggs, wheat, or dairy. So, that leaves me worrying that my dishes are bland and dull. Apparently I worry needlessly…

Anyway, you can always add garlic and onions to this, which I think would be amazing, and maybe add broth and then thicken it with some kind of starch. Oh, and Terri’s invention had prawns in it, which I think could be an amazing substitute for half the chicken for another mix-it-up idea.

That said, actually, I was also pretty pleased with it as it was, too, especially as a simple raid-the-fridge/I’m-still-too-sick-to-go-to-the-store invention.

Hearty appetite!

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