Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Vegetable and Soba Stirfry with Orange-Chile Sauce

Well, we had a pretty jam packed weekend, so we did a lot of eating out. Saturday we were busy with yoga class, dance rehearsals, and a bit of shopping that needed to be done. Plus, we'd promised Mairin that we'd go see Santa that night. We ate at Panera Bread after our visit with Jolly Ol' St. Nick. Their Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is to die for, the cilantro hummus they put on it is incredible, I could eat this sandwich every day and never tire if it.

Sunday was Mairin's Christmas recital and we'd promised her pizza after the recital, so we went to one of or local favorites, Bearno's. The omni's ordered the Mama Bearno's, I had a small veggie that I shared with the girls. Theirs is that American version of pizza, doughy, saucy, and loaded with toppings, that I've blogged about before. Sunday evening, it really hit the spot!!

When I was making my menu and shopping list for the week on Sunday evening I was having a craving for something Asian, and spicy. So, this little stir fry is what I came up with. Turns out stir fry was a good choice for Monday's dinner. I ended up not getting to the store on Monday morning because Stella was sick, I sat in the doctor's office with her for almost 2 hours on Monday afternoon, and it was nearly 7 o'clock before I ever made it home with groceries. So, something quick and easy was what I needed.

Because I knew I was going to be pressed for time getting dinner ready I opted to pay the premium for the stir fry veggie mix that's already washed and chopped. It included broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, shredded carrot, zucchini, and bean sprouts. I added some sliced onions, frozen shelled edamame and some chopped ginger, and minced garlic. I stir fried the veggies in canola oil, then added in about 4 oz of cooked soba noodles to stir fry for a few minutes, slathered it all in my orange-chile sauce, let it cook for a minute while the sauce thickens and serve it sprinkled with some fresh chopped cilantro.

Orange Chile Stir fry Sauce
Zest from one large navel orange
Juice from 2 large navel oranges
2 Tbs. tamari or other soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp chile paste
1 Tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over stir fry during last few minutes of cooking. Stir until sauce thickens. Serve stir fry garnished with chopped cilantro.


The Dalai Mama said...

Mmmmmm. That Panera sandwich sounds great. I don't think it was on the menu last time I was there. That would definitely be an "eating out" option for us.

The stir-fry looks fantastic too. I wish I could find pre-washed and cut veggies at my store!

carrie said...

The Panera sandwich is fairly new I think. It just appeared on the menu when I was there about a month ago, and then I've had it again a few times since. Panera is one of my fave eating out places, as there are lots of veggie options for me, and there's always something healthy that my kids will eat (i.e not french fries, etc.).

I shop at Whole Foods Market, and they have a section of all prewashed precut veggies already packaged for stirfry, etc. I don't buy them often as they do cost a premium, but they are great for when you are in a pinch.