Easy, Nourishing Stir Fry with Just 4 Ingredients
Anyone who has ever been to my apartment knows I'm a Trader Joe's fan. For me, Sunday is a holy day because it means grocery shopping at TJ's. Not everyone shares my obsession, but you can't deny that Trader Joe's options and prices are great for easy, nourishing meals. Here, I will be showcasing one of my favorites. It's filling and full of whole grains, protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. You want easy, cheap, and nourishing? You got it. The easy part comes with the ingredients. Just brown rice, stir fry mix, tofu, and teriyaki sauce. I've made many veggie stir fries in my life, and the Trader Joe's version is my ultimate favorite. With so few ingredients, it costs about $12 to make 4 meals. Plus, the frozen stir fry mix saves forever.
For the rice, you can use anything. I used light brown rice from Costco actually, but they also have it at Trader Joe's. This will be the base, and it provides filling whole grains for sustained energy. Other grains can also be substituted. I usually cook a bunch of rice at the beginning of the week and make it work in other dishes throughout the week.
For the stir fry, you can really use any veggies. I like this frozen mix from Trader Joe's because it saves well in case I'm not feeling stir fry, and it has the mini corns which are my favorite. Trader Joe's also has fresh mixes that are already chopped and prepared. It's totally up to you. I sauté the veggies in a small amount of olive oil and then add the tofu.
Tofu is a tricky one for some people. If you are not a tofu fan, chances are you've never had it done correctly. This is my favorite recipe for crispy baked tofu. Especially if texture is a problem, give that recipe a shot. Otherwise, the baked teriyaki tofu from Trader Joe's has the perfect firmness and flavor for this dish. It definitely has that typical tofu texture, but it pairs so nicely with the sauce and veggies.
Now, it's time for the sauce. The sauce you choose for a stir fry will always make or break it. If you take nothing else from this article, add Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce to your grocery list. After the veggies and tofu have been cooking for a few minutes, I add in about 2 tablespoons of sauce until the veggies soak it all up.
Once the veggies are done, I sometimes add cashews in if I have them on hand. The mild nutty flavor fits so well with the sauce, and it adds healthy unsaturated fats to make the dish even more hearty.
So there you have it! If you make your rice ahead of time, it takes less than 15 minutes. Plus if you shop at Trader Joe's, it only requires you to pick up 4 extra ingredients. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think!