Sunday, September 1, 2013

[VeganMoFo!] Day 1: banana fana fo firfry

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Today I had lunch with my friend Joan! Cooking with a friend is the best! We come up with combinations that would never have occurred to either of us on own. My friend is not vegan, but she shares my love of delicious food and my "mad scientist" approach to cooking (and life...which is why we're friends), so we set about to make a stir-fry out of whatever we could find in her kitchen. When she pulled out a banana and started slicing it up to go in the stir-fry, I knew this was going to be a memorable lunch!

Here is approximately what we did:

vegetable or canola oil for sauteing

1 medium onion, coursely chopped

several cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbsp ginger, minced or grated
a handful each of sunflower seeds and almonds (any nuts work!)
1 banana, sliced into rounds

veggies -- you can use any you like; we used the following:
baby potatoes, sliced in half
cauliflower florets
brussels sprouts
yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

optional: peanut sauce, hot sauce, any sauce you lke

Saute the onion in a little vegetable/canola oil until it is translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and saute another minute, then add the seeds/nuts so they start getting nice and toasty. Add the banana slices and veggies, starting with the most dense ones (like potatoes and cauliflower) and ending with the lighter-weights (like spinach). Stir-fry until all your veggies are the texture you prefer your veggies to be when you put them in your mouth. Add sauce if desired.
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  1. Aside from the bananas, that sounds fantastic!!

    -The Bananaphobe

  2. Testing captcha --- captcha still on. Boo.

    Intriguing mix here. I'm not sure what I think of it, but I'm willing to give it a try sometime. :)

  3. Bananas in a stir fry? Nope. Never would have thought of that, but now I'm intrigued enough I just might need to try that. As it happens I just bought bananas on my way home tonight. Hmmm.

  4. Wow that sounds good! I never thought of adding bananas to a stir fry!

  5. Me neither! My friend gets all the credit for that!
    But also, I never thought of putting Gardein and peas in a delicious cake, either, so you've got me one-up on that.