Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sizzling Stir-Fry Recipe

Sizzling might just be the best way to describe this past week, with the heat wave that has descended, rendering people across the country miserable and confined to air conditioned spaces whenever possible.  Luckily, it only reached 106 degrees today in Phoenix, but this is a “dry heat,” of course. Commence rolling of the eyes.  On days when turning on the oven is simply out of the question, and standing outside to cook on the grill seems equally torturous, I recommend a healthy and easy stir-fry (so long as your kitchen is air conditioned). 


3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup onion, sliced thinly
6 red skin potatoes, cubed
2 cups vegetable broth
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 small head broccoli, sliced
2 cups green beans, with ends removed
1 zucchini squash, sliced
1 spaghetti squash, sliced
¼ cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano


You will need two large skillets or frying pans for this recipe.  Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the first skillet and sauté the onion slices on low.  Once translucent, add the minced garlic and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes.  Next, add the cubed potatoes and the vegetable broth.  Add 1 tablespoon dried oregano.  Cover and cook on medium for at least 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the potatoes have absorbed the vegetable broth and are soft.  

While the potatoes are cooking, heat up the second pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Begin adding the vegetables according to what will take the longest to cook, saving the squash and bell pepper for last, and cooking on medium.  Pour ¼ cup of olive oil over all of the vegetables.  Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring.

When the potatoes are fully cooked, add the vegetable mixture to the first skillet.  Cover and cook for at least 5 more minutes, or until the vegetables are done.  

A stir-fry can be customized to suit your own preferences, so feel free to substitute different types of potatoes or vegetables to my recipe.  As you can see from the pictures, I make different substitutions depending on what I am in the mood for that day!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This is what a Vegan Looks Like

I have been a bit remiss in my blogging since I have been on vacation for the past two weeks on Long Island.  I usually save a few time-consuming recipes that look simply amazing for when I am back East with my family, so that I have a large crowd to enjoy them with.  As I have mentioned before, it has been interesting sharing this new lifestyle with family and friends.  I won’t deny that I myself once had many preconceived notions about vegans.  I have come to realize that those ideas were really formed as a result of encounters with what I like to call the “über vegan.”   I thought I had come up with this term myself, but after looking it up on, I found the following definition: “A vegan who is very extreme with their lifestyles.; Pammy is so über vegan, she only serves Tofurky for Thanksgiving”.  My idea of an über vegan is a bit more comprehensive: “Pammy is so über vegan, she only serves Tofurky for Thanksgiving. She calls people who are eating a traditional meal and launches into an angry tirade about how poor Gus the Turkey had to die just for their hedonistic pleasures, not to mention the environmental ramifications of their food choices.  She parades around in a hemp t-shirt and bohemian skirt, toting a yoga mat and a condescending attitude”.   For a long time I thought that vegans were mean and weird.  The truth is, some vegans are, and they give everybody a bad rap.  You don’t have to turn into a hippie or a jerk if you want to be vegan.  The list of people who are/have been vegan might surprise you.  It includes the likes of Cesar Chavez, Ellen DeGeneres, Woody Harrelson, Casey Kasem, Jared Leto, Tobey Maguire, Lea Michele, and Jason Mraz, to name a few.  Maybe if Jared Leto learns that I am vegan, he will realize that we were meant to be together. A vegan can dream.

In college I had a shirt that read, “This is what a feminist looks like.”  The point was that being a feminist didn’t have to be something crazy and radical; anyone could be a feminist, and for their own personal reasons. So in order to counteract all these crazy stereotypes about vegans, this is what a vegan looks like: