Monthly Archives: October 2010

Time Savers to Savor

For those times when you need a hasty tasty meal but just haven’t the time (or energy) to chop up peppers and onions, be sure to have at least one package of frozen pepper stir-fry on hand.


Pepper Stir-fry

Pepper Stir-fry is simply julienned onions and peppers (usually red, yellow, and green). No additives, no seasonings, just grade A frozen  vegetables.

Add a half cup of frozen pepper stir-fry to a beaten egg for a fast veggie omelet. Or sprinkle a handful over your pizza before popping it into the oven. If you have some tortillas, you can make speedy fajitas by heating a cup of frozen pepper stir-fry with salsa and whatever meat you have leftover in the fridge. Or spread some refried beans from a can over one side of a tortilla, fill with two Tablespoons pepper stir-fry, a dollop of salsa, and a sprinkle of shredded pepperjack cheese. Fold in half and cook on a griddle or in a skillet about five minutes over medium heat, flip, then cook two-three minutes additional for a quick quesadilla.

Don’t forget the obvious application: Stir-fry! Julienne some cooked chicken or beef, add an equal amount of the pepper stir-fry, and sauté with your favorite teriyaki sauce. Serve over cooked brown rice (yes, you can even buy already cooked brown rice now at your grocery store for those times when you can’t wait to cook it) and sprinkle with chopped green onions or toasted almonds.

Fresh produce is best, but it’s not always available or practical. Don’t ignore the time savers in your grocery store. But do ignore the so-called helpers or packaged dinners that contain way too much sodium and other additives. Think outside the box and you can come up with your own nutritious meals in minutes.

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