How To Make A Stir Fry With Whatever You Have In The Fridge

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I have been menu planning in an effort to keep my grocery budget down, so I purchase all the groceries a week at a time. Sometimes by the time Friday rolls around my family either isn’t in the mood for what is left on the menu, or they have eaten up some of my ingredients! Thats when I open the fridge and look for things to dump in a stir fry.


The stir fry pictured contained baby carrots, asparagus (I love that asparagus is in season and cheap right now!) and seitan. I try to make a loaf of seitan about once a week so we can whip up some stir fry, or even slice it for sandwiches throughout the week. You could use tofu, or whatever strikes your fancy. 

I just threw the vegetables in my big sauté pan, poured a little veggie broth in and cooked them with the lid on tip they softened a bit. Then I threw in the seitan, added the stir fry sauce and sautéed everything for a few minutes. 

I have mentioned our 25 pound bag of rice before, so that is obviously a staple we always have on hand. I cook it up with some vegetable broth (if we have it, otherwise just water) and toss it in the pan with the stir fry and mix it in so it picks up some of the sauce. 

Sweet And Sour Stir Fry Sauce
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59 calories
13 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
103 g
602 g
9 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 602mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 T vinegar
  2. 2 T soy sauce
  3. 2 T agave nectar
  4. 1/2 orange
  5. 1 T arrowroot powder
  1. Use a citrus juicer to extract the juice from 1/2 of an orange. Then whisk orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, and agave nectar together. Whisk in arrowroot powder. Add to stir fry dish and cook until everything is coated and sauce is thickened.
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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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