I have this fail-proof method for getting dinner on the table when we either A) are short on time B) have little to nothing in our kitchen or C) I’m just feeling low on inspiration. I heat a skillet, chop an onion and get it sautéing in some oil and salt. That’s all it takes. Something about that one action leads to the next and I'm able to figure out the rest as I go. It must be the smell of onion cooking that triggers me. Also at that point, the cutting board’s already out and the pan's hot so there’s less resistance for everything else that follows. Seriously try it, I swear it works. I often end up heading in an Asian direction from there because it’s such a very forgiving way to cook and I always have the essentials on hand to create something healthy and flavorful I know my family will love.
WHAT I TRY TO ALWAYS KEEP STOCKED
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
AROMATICS - dried ginger & garlic, crushed red pepper flakes
OILS - instead of inflammatory oils like canola and peanut use avocado oil, sesame oil & coconut oil (avo & coconut for higher heat, sesame for low heat or drizzling only)
FROZEN - shelled edamame
PANTRY - full fat canned coconut milk, rice (brown, jasmine & right rice), bone broth, nuts & nut butters, rice vinegar, red curry paste
EXTRAS FOR WHEN I'M FEELING MORE PLAYFUL:
AROMATICS - fresh ginger & garlic, dried turmeric
FROZEN - steamer bags of cauliflower rice
PANTRY - toasted sesame seeds, cashews & peanuts, roasted seaweed sheets, rice papers, canned water chestnuts, avocado mayo (code KMARIAS)
FRESH - green onions, cilantro, lime & basil
THICKENER - instead of cornstarch use arrowroot powder
DEPTHS OF FLAVOR - miso, chinese five spice, jarred curry sauce, mirin, fish sauce, sake
DEPENDING ON THE DAY
FRESH PRODUCE & PROTEIN THAT LEND THEMSELVES WELL TO ASIAN DISHES:
FRUITS & VEGETABLES - onion, carrots, celery, broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers, shishito peppers, cucumber, cabbage, avocado, mango & citrus
PROTEIN - chicken breasts or thighs, wild shrimp, egg, salmon, tuna or cod
OUR FAMILY FAVS:
Glazed Shishito Peppers
Sesame Cod Rice Bowl (above)
* you can find the deets on the recipes listed above @kristenmariasrd on Insta or click the links provided
If all else fails, sauté some veggies, throw em over rice, add scrambled egg and season with tamari. Still better than takeout.
Hope these tips are helpful as we continue to navigate this wild stay-at-home world. Come say hi and lemme know what you’re cooking up these days!