16 July 2012

What I Had For Dinner: Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette Veggie Stir Fry

Yesterday, I experimented with this dish, and my taste buds deemed it a roaring success. The best part about this meal is that as long as you have sweet balsamic vinaigrette, you're pretty much set. You can use any veggies you have handy in this stir fry, which makes it a super easy and convenient lunch or dinner. The biggest time commitment is with chopping the veggies, but once they're in the pan, you've got a delicious and nutritious meal in about five minutes. 
And did I mention that you can use whatever is lying around the house because all the veggies will take on the delicious taste of the dressing? The veggies that I used in my stir fry were: mushrooms, spinach, carrots, kale, peas, broccoli, asparagus, and roma tomatoes. (The last one is technically a fruit, but they just had to join in on the fun.) So this is a great way to pack all your veggies into one simple and delicious meal. 

I eyeballed the amount of vinaigrette I poured into the pan, about two tablespoons. However, you don't have to worry about using too much because the magically perfect amount just sticks onto every veggie, adding just the right splash of flavor. The leftover vinaigrette just slides right off, staying in the pan.


I did a happy food dance the entire time I was eating. 

Because they're are so many variables with this dish, I don't have a specific recipe for anyone to follow if they are interested in making their own. But I think that's kind of the beauty of it, right? "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled veggies yearning to break free" from the refrigerator. 

Seriously, you could throw everything but the kitchen sink into this pan, and it will come out tasting like sweet balsamic vinaigrette and acting like a super food.

The one recommendation I will make for this dish is for the brand of balsamic vinaigrette. The brand I used was Chef Tim's Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette and it is probably the most delicious balsamic vinaigrette I have ever tasted. However, I do believe that this stir fry will work with regular balsamic vinaigrette, if that is more your dressing style.

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Boston, MA Lindsay is a Writing, Literature, and Publishing and Marketing Communications double major at Emerson College. She originally hails from rural northeastern Pennsylvania where the first day of hunting season merited a day off from school. She has been a vegetarian for over five years and is currently transitioning into veganism. When she isn't writing magazine articles, she writes touching and/or creepy and/or sarcastic fiction which can be found at her blog. She also enjoys making 140 character diary entries comparing her life to a Lifetime movie on her Twitter.

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