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Food of the Gods, if the Gods Are Vegans

The basis for this dish is a cruciferous vegetable like cabbage, broccoli, brussels spouts, or cauliflower. Tonight I used red cabbage.

Before you get your underthings in a snit, no, this is neither a preachy piece about veganism, nor is it the germ of this becoming a food blog. It is a response to a conversation I had this week with a coworker who is trying to lose weight in a healthy fashion. I recited this recipe to him, but I thought both he and my readers might like to have it in writing.

On background, I developed this dish many years ago when I was single. I wanted to cook at home, since I despise sitting in restaurants alone. I learned some cooking ideas from Scott, who was, at the time, a vegetarian. He liked to stir-fry a lot.

This item is called Richard’s Vegan Stir Fry, and over the years it has been very popular at pot luck luncheons at work, and gatherings at home. It’s also very healthy. You need:

Start cooking the rice. While you are doing that, chop up your vegetables. How much is up to you. Don’t worry too much about making too much, because it reheats quite nicely. In a large wok or skillet, heat enough olive or peanut oil to coat the surface, then throw in the vegetables. Add the fresh garlic now if you have it. Cook them on high until they start to soften and the color becomes brighter. Add the nuts or other protein. Continue to stir and fry, which is how you stir fry. The whole cooking process only takes a few minutes. Overcooking makes the vegetables soft and bland. Near the end, grind in some pepper and throw in a splash of wine.

Time this all so the stir fry will be ready at about the same time as the rice. When it’s all cooked, I simply throw it together and dash it with soy sauce. Don’t go overboard. Too much soy sauce can overwhelm the flavors, and is high in sodium.

You will also note that in addition to being nutritious and delicious, it is also very affordable.

For an extra special stir fry, put the entire contents in a tortilla, wrap with bacon, dip in cheese, and deep fry the whole thing!

Okay, not really.

Near the end of the cooking process, a healthy stir fry should look like this: colorful, crisp, and healthy.
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