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Today I’m sharing with you our veggie stir-fry recipe because it’s one of our staple recipes.
Our meal plan is such that we have similar types of meals on different days of the week. Some call these “theme” meals. For example, we have Mexican food on Tuesdays each week. Stir-fry is on Thursdays.
Theme-style meal planning is so simple! I don’t feel like I have to come up with 7 unique dinners each week. We eat mostly from our staple meals, then once or twice a week we’ll have a specialty dinner or go out to eat.
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Not only will theme-style meal planning save you time on the planning side, but it’ll save you time when you’re cooking, too. Once you get in the routine of making your staple dishes, you can make them much quicker. And you can learn what is good for batch cooking.
For example, we have some type of pasta dish each week, so when I make marinara sauce, I double the batch and freeze it for the next time we need a tomato-based sauce. Check out my zucchini noodle with marinara sauce recipe!
Now you may be worried that you, or your family, will get bored with theme meals. But you don’t have to cook the same exact meal each week! Our Mexican food night is sometimes burritos, tacos, enchiladas, or taco salad. We mostly eat chicken or vegetarian, but sometimes we’ll have pork or ground turkey. Or you can change up the sides.
There are so many ways to add variety to a meal without creating something completely different.
Below, you can find my basic stir-fry recipe, but here I’ll share with you some tips to add variety:
Change up the grain. Try brown rice, fried rice, buckwheat noodles, or soba noodles. Get extra creative with cauliflower fried rice.
Switch up your veggies. Include bell pepper, green beans, mushrooms, edamame, green onion, water chestnuts. I love having this meal towards the end of the week because I’ll just toss in whatever veggies we have leftover.
Add meat. Chicken, pork, or beef. Go vegetarian with extra veggies or tofu. If we have leftover shredded chicken, we’ll add that. Otherwise, we just add extra veggies.
Spice it up! There are a variety of pre-made sauces at the store if that’s easier for you. Check the nutrition facts, though, because these can be high in sugar and sodium. My husband is a great cook and likes to experiment, so he always makes our stir-fry sauce. We use toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce.
If you love stir-fry, I definitely recommend getting a cast iron wok. You can make large batches with tons of veggies. Plus, it sautes nicely without requiring too much oil.