Pasta and Stir-Fried VeggiesSlice and dice ALL your favorite veggies according to the ethnic cuisine you've chosen for dinner. Stir fry in the appropriately flavored oil. Season.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook 8 oz. angel hair pasta according to package directions. Drain. Stir in a generous splash of oil to keep it from sticking until the veggies are ready to add.
Add veggies, toss and serve with plenty of parmesan, asiago, or mozzarella.
add a salad, fresh fruit or warm bread. Enjoy.
|Italian ideas||Asian options|
|Olive oil||Sesame or peanut oil|
|2 cloves garlic - minced||2 cloves garlic - minced|
|onion - diced||sliced mushrooms|
|red or gr. pepper - chopped||grated or matchstick carrots|
|sliced mushrooms||red pepper - chopped|
|grated or matchstick carrots||snow peas|
|broccoli, small pieces||broccoli - small pieces|
|artichoke hearts||water chestnuts|
|zucchini - sliced||tomato - chopped|
|fresh spinach||green onion - sliced|
|tomato - chopped, seeded||fresh cilantro or
ground or fresh grated ginger
|fresh parsley||¼ cup soy sauce|
|1 tsp. dried basil, Tblsp. of fresh||¼ tsp. hot sauce|
|1 tsp. oregano||1 Tblsp. lemon juice|
|salt and pepper||2 Tblsp. dark sesame oil|
|parmesan cheese - grated||2 Tblsp. brown sugar|
|toasted sesame seeds|
|salt and pepper|
Ethnic spice mixes or pesto work really well in these dishes.
These are only suggestions! Have fun with spices and veggies you like. Leftover pork, chicken, or shrimp (just thaw precooked shrimp and toss in) are favorites at our house too. Fresh is best, really, but you can use frozen ethnic vegetable blends. I just add those to my boiling pasta and then mix my sauce ingredients together, toss sauce over veggies and pasta after draining. Healthy, fast, you'll love it.