I had a plan for supper for my wife and I tonight, a stir fry wasn’t it. My wife sent me a text this morning telling me our grandson Ashton was coming home with her. He’s spending the night so he can go shopping with grandma tomorrow. Since I only had 2 pork chops, that wouldn’t be enough for the 3 of us. So plans had to change. Since walking 6 blocks to the store wasn’t an option, to cold everything would freeze. This became a day where I hunt for what I had in the house to make something that our grandson would like to eat. First stop was the fridge, carrots, celery, onions, green beans, then the freezer. For some reason there is always chicken breasts in our freezer, so 2 chicken breasts out to thaw. Next the cupboard, lots of pasta, rice, and luckily ramen noodles. So easy decision, make a stir fry. Since I make stir fry’s often everything else needed is always on hand. I know Ashton will like anything made with ramen noodles since he has them often for a snack. A change of plans for supper is never a big deal, neither is an extra person to feed. All you need to do is look around and put what you have to work for you. You can always add something from the fridge, freezer, and the cupboard to stretch what you have. Or you can just make something totally different like I’ve done. I get a little fancy with how I cut my vegetables for a stir fry, it’s just me, it isn’t a must do thing. I do it because I can and for me it’s fun. Just cut up your vegetables any way you can.
2 chicken breasts cut in half and sliced thinly
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sherry
2 teaspoons grated ginger
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Mix oil, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Add the chicken and mix well, refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.
2 packages of ramen noodles. Mix the flavour packets into 1/3 cup of hot water. This I did early and put in the fridge with the chicken.
1 onion sliced
2 small carrots sliced
1 rib celery sliced
about 1 cup of blanched green beans cut into about 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons corn starch
Add soy sauce to the flavour packet mixture then mix in the corn starch, mix it in well.
Start a pot of water to boil.
Preheat a frying pan on medium high heat, add canola oil. When the oil starts to smoke add onions and fry for 1 minute. Add carrots, and celery and fry for 1 minute then add the beans and fry for 1 minute. Remove from the pan and set aside. Return the pan to the heat and add the chicken. While the chicken is cooking put the ramen noodles in the boiling water, boil for 2 and 1/2 minutes and drain. Stir fry the chicken for 3 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the frying pan and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the ramen noodles and the flavour packet mix. Stir fry for 1 minute and serve.