Thank god it is (almost) New Years Eve... I hate the week between Christmas and now. I'm constantly in a state of bewilderment and confusion, recovering from food comas and Christmas excitement, with nothing much to do with my day. Anyway, this isn't one of those 'New Year, new me' posts as I vowed not to make any more unrealistic resolutions here. Instead it is about getting back on track after binging on too many mince pies and too much alcohol, when your body is lacking essential vitamins and minerals.. know the feeling? So, the recipe for this ginger and lime rainbow stir-fry which I cooked with my auntie on boxing day. We just about fed nine with this amount of food so I've said serves eight to be safe, perfect for detoxing after Christmas or a dinner party with friends any time of the year!
7 cloves of garlic
6 chicken thighs or breasts (optional)
1 medium broccoli
225g or one packet green beans
3 large carrots
130g or one packet baby corn
4 heaped tbsp grated ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Maggi
600g any rice
Unsweetened coconut milk (optional)
1 tsp salt
Boil rice in water or 2:3 parts coconut milk to water. Add salt. Chop up the carrots and broccoli. Par-boil the carrots and steam the broccoli over them. Chop the green beans, peppers and baby corn and steam. I steamed them all together in a large frying pan as you can see above. Dice the shallots and chop the garlic. Brown both in coconut oil in a large pan. I used a paella dish. Dice the chicken and add to the shallots. Add all the veg to the chicken when almost fully cooked then add the grated ginger. Prepare the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, Maggi and juice of the limes. Add to stir-fry and season to taste with salt and pepper. Leave to simmer until the sauce is hot and then serve with rice.
So basically chuck everything in, cook it and serve with whatever rice you fancy, maybe even noodles. Maggi can be bought in most supermarkets, I got mine in Tesco and it is suitable for vegetarians. You can put any old veg in this, the main flavour comes from the massive amount of garlic, lime and ginger. You could also add some leafiness like pat choy or spinach wilted on top or even some chilli when you add the ginger. If you have leftovers it tastes great cold with the rice so good for lunches! Hope you like my first ever food post!!