March 2, 2012

Quick Veggie Stir-Fry

In reference to the fact that my Christmas tree is still up...

Yesterday, I was putting out an Easter decoration on the dining room table.  I realized that if I took a picture of it, my tree would be in the background.  How many of you OCD-afflicted folks are completely freaking out right now?? Mwuah-ha-ha.

In all seriousness:  My husband is deployed.  Our tree is really big.  The box would need to be lugged into the crawlspace and I'm pretty sure I'd hurt myself.   Our house has two living rooms.  It's in the one I don't use.  That's why my tree is still up.  Spring break is in 1 week.  Don't worry.  It shall be taken care of then.

A long (long) time ago I bought a bag of plain stir fry veggies at Costco.  I'm slowly whittling my way through the bag.  It's gonna take awhile, but I'll do it before they all end up freezer burnt!

I like rice, I really do, but lately I've been into bulgar wheat.  It doesn't have the protein of quinoa, but it's super tasty.  Sometimes I use quinoa in this stir-fry, but bulgar lasts longer as leftovers so I can make enough for 3-4 meals to last the week.  Quinoa gets kind of funky after a couple of days in the refrigerator.  I buy bulgar out of the bulk grain bins.  It's about $2 a pound.  Very cheap.

The sauce?  This is my favorite stir fry sauce, but if I'm looking for something quicker and healthier, I just sprinkle on some store-bought teriyaki and soy sauce to taste.  That's just for me though.  I'd toss together a tasty sauce (like the one linked above) if I was making this for guests.

This is a meatless dinner (Hello?  Lent!) that takes no time at all.

Quick Veggie Stir-Fry
makes 4 servings

2 cups dry bulgar wheat
3-4 cups water
1 t. salt
1 t. onion powder
1 t. garlic powder
Juice of half a lemon

In a microwave safe dish, add the dry bulgar, salt, and the water.  I start with 3 1/2 cups of water, as you can add more later.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Check to see if it's softened up and if most of the water has absorbed.  If it seem to dry, add another 1/2 cup of water and microwave for another minute.  If it's too wet, just microwave for another minute without adding the extra water.  Let it sit in the microwave for 15-20 minutes after it's done cooking. 

4 cups frozen, or fresh, stir-fry vegetables
1 t. oil
seasonings of choice (I use onion powder/garlic powder/soy sauce)

In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the vegetables (mine are usually still frozen).  Keeping it at medium-high heat, toss them around until they start to smell like stir-fry!  Sprinkle on your seasonings.  The frozen veggies only take a minute or two to cook. 

Once you pull the bulgar wheat from the microwave, add the garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon juice and stir well.  Top with the stir-fried veggies and enjoy.


  1. Oh, yum! That sounds so good! Going to try it :-)

  2. Yum! I really like quinoa... I'm assuming the recipe would work well with it too. I've never had bulger wheat, but have heard good things. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :-)

  3. I love making stir fry and I've never made bulgar wheat before. I'll have to try this!

  4. yum! I love stir-fry! this looks great! have a great weekend kristin!

  5. This looks yummy. I understand about Costco purchases. I love their produce but I really have to be committed to use 6 heads of romaine or a hugh tub of spinach. But if I stay focused I can do it!!


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