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I *heart* stir fry

January 27, 2010

I make stir fry a lot. Its easy, its delicious and my daughter will usually eat quite a bit of it, especially if I dangle a cookie for dessert. I am trying to break free of my stir fry addiction, and admitting it is the first step.

I noticed something when I opened my cabinet this morning: I have about 10 cans of chick peas . Which means two no wait, three things:

a) my daughter at one point in time tried and liked chickpeas

b) chickpeas were on sale sometime over the past year

c) she has never had chick peas since that one time.

My stockpile  means I am always on the lookout for a good chick pea recipe. I saw this : http://www.bhg.com/recipe/grains/quinoa-toss-with-chickpeas-and-herbs/  in Better Homes and Gardens and figured I could give it the good ole Jessica tweak , and cross my fingers that either my husband or my daughter would eat it. Minus the tofu I’m about to add ( for my husband, my girl will eat ‘fu)

Whats a Jessica Tweak, you ask?  Take out the things I don’t eat (corn), substitute packaged juice for actual onions (actual onions make your eyes burn when you cut them ! Wheres the dislike button on this thing? ), and add tofu and broccoli.  Also , ignore time constraints like ” Cover and wait one hour”- surely it will taste just as good if its hot, right ? Why wait an hour? Oh wait, because the recipe tells me to and its probably for a reason.

Oh well. I’m am all about instant gratification.


All the ingredients, featuring Onion juice- my new BFF.

p.s I heart Trader Joes


This is what it is intended to look like upon completion:

I am not a fan of lettuce or corn. Despite being featured prominently in this picture, I thought I’d give it a go anyway.


Here is what mine looked like:

I am really trying to break my stir fry addiction, I swear. But I can’t help but notice …hmmm…my dinner looks suspiciously like stir fry  but with a different grain.

side note: the grain is Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend. Its cosucous,orzo, garbanzo beans and red quinoa. It is delicious, despite what I did to it . Even my husband eats it. I do not think he will be eating my quinoa toss , however, and my girl had a little bit of this:

… and some chicken nuggets.

She did ask me for tofu though! Thats my girl !

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2010 5:30 pm

    I think hummus is made with chickpeas. Hummus isn’t my favorite food in the world, but at parties people are always talking about how good the hummus is, so somebody must be eating it.

    • January 31, 2010 10:10 pm

      Katy- Loves me some hummus. Store bought hummus, that is. Don’t want to have to actually make it

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