Clara Gluten Free

"Real Food"

For the first time on this blog, here is a non-baking recipe (which is called "real food" 'round my house). In an attempt to makes something for lunch that was caesin free, and since we don't yet have any of the caesin-free accessories (like margarine), I made a stir-fry. It's a lovely dish, really, because it is quick and easy. I also like to think of it as a new dish, but considering how it was made almost entirely with leftovers, that's a little dubious. Either way, it was yummy.

This dish was my "inspired" idea to corral the growing herd of leftovers in the fridge that didn't have enough quantity to make another meal on their own, and weren't bad/old enough to be thrown out in good conscience, meaning that it's a very adaptable recipe. Here I combined cooked veggies, steak, rice, some raw carrots, frozen corn and a package of tofu and ended up with Lunch Stir Fry. "Leftovers Stir Fry" would just be its nickname. 

Lunch Stir Fry- 4-6 servings

2 cups cooked, hard veggies (broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, etc)
4 large carrots
1 cup cooked rice
1 cups corn
1 package tofu (I like super-firm because it keeps it's shape)
approx 1/2 cup leftover mean (I used steak)
1 small onion, chopped
3 medium cloves garlic, diced

1- Drain and rinse tofu. Dry it out by lining a plate with a few paper towels, placing the tofu on top, and covering with paper towels, another plate and something to press down on the tofu without squishing it. I use the toaster (no joke). 

2- Prepare the carrots, onion and garlic by , peeling the carrots and and slicing to 1/4" thick, chopping the onion and dicing the garlic. Combine into one bowl.

3- Round up the leftover veggies and combine into one bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the rice and the corn. Slice the meat fairly thin, and put in a neat pile or into another bowl. Pull the tofu out of it's apparatus and slice into 1/2" cubes. Add to the carrots/onion/garlic bowl.

4- Heat some canola oil in a large skillet. You will know its done when the oil collects together, and when you sprinkle a little water on it, it hisses and spits. At this point, pour in the tofu/carrots/onion/garlic. 

5- Saute until everything is a medium brown.The longer you let the mixture sit, the quicker it will cook. Be sure to stir periodically though. Add your meat, saute a few minutes, and add the veggies. Cook everything until it is almost done. Add the rice and corn and cook until brown. Pull off the heat and serve immediately.

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