My favorite day of the week. A day to do whatever you want. Saturdays may be “for the boys” but Sundays are for yourself. Every Sunday I find I’m in one of two possible moods: either I have tons of energy and want to make a lavish sit-down five course Sunday feast or I want to lay on the couch and have food fed into my mouth because I don’t feel like moving.
Today’s mood is 100 percent the latter of the two described above. It’s not very often my boyfriend has a weekend off during this time of year, so I couldn’t have been happier to have a rare Saturday night date night last night. We went to this incredible restaurant called Rge Rd that serves out of this world literally melt in your mouth locally sourced meat and stuffed ourselves before going out for a little fun on the town.
While I’m a firm believer in the motto “TREAT YOSELF,” I always find I’m a bit run down the day after I treat myself, so here I am laying on the couch not wanting to do anything while my anxiety levels are steadily rising knowing I will at some point have to get up and make dinner so I can feed our constantly hungry stomachs. But then I realized I have all the ingredients to make a stir fry.
Boom. Hasta la vista anxiety!
A quick, simple stir fry is my go-to when I’m not feeling up to cooking a gourmet meal but still want to get all the quality taste and fullness that a gourmet meal brings. It’s so easy. All you have to do is grab whatever veggies you have lying around and maybe throw in some meat if you please, chop everything up and throw it in a pan with some seasoning and ding ding ding! Dinner’s ready! It’s the perfect way to get ton’s of veggies in too on days when you haven’t had much. Gotta get those greens if ya know what I mean.
One thing I ALWAYS put in my stir fries is broccoli. Broccoli packs a punch when it comes to the health game so it’s good to sneak this guy in whenever you can. It’s super high in vitamins K and C, as well as chromium, folate, and fiber (among many, many other things). Broccoli is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, aids in the natural detoxification process, and helps improve bone health! And, if that wasn’t enough, it looks like teeny little baby trees! Umm, can you say adorable!? I’m in love. And so is my body.
Andddddd, if you want to add a little extra crunch to your stir fry, chop up the broccoli stems and throw those guys in too! You might as well not waste anything, especially when it tastes so mighty fine. They’re a great little addition to the the texture, too.
So take a load off and stop stressing about dinner! Just round up all the veggies you’ve got and tonight you can trick everyone by making a delicious meal that they’ll think you slaved over, but really it was easy as chop, fry, serve. But don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me.
Lazy Sunday Stir Fry
- 2 boneless, skinless free-range chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks (sub tofu for vegan option)
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 head broccoli, separated into florets
- 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
- 2 cups brown rice
- Green Onions and Sesame Seeds for garnish
- Whisk together the coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Add the chicken chunks in and stir to coat and set aside.
- Add 4 cups water and 2 cups brown rice to a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large wok. Drain the chicken from the marinade and reserve it. Cook the chicken in the wok and then remove to a bowl.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil to the wok. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the carrots, red pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and add in the chicken and reserved marinade. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve over the rice. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.