It’s FRIDAY!!!!!! As we head into the weekend, we decided we wanted to have a little fun tonight. We set plans to head into Manhattan’s East Village to try the limited-time by Chloe Vegan Guacamole Burger dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings (more on that in a separate post). So, what would happen to our challenge? Well, we decided to make today’s Trader Joe’s 7 Vegan Meals for $30 challenge meal Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tofu and Sesame Ginger Sauce for lunch.
This recipe was easy-peasy to make. It took less than 15 minutes that Spoon University noted. Microwaveable rice, microwaveable veggies, tofu and sauce. It was simple dish that didn’t require a lot of effort in making it this morning rather than last night.
BUT… there problems with the recipe:
- The Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette was NOT on the shopping list
- The Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette contained HONEY (NOT vegan)
- The recipe yielded enough for 2
To modify this for 21 Day Fix, we just replaced the dressing with an oil-free one using items we had in or pantry and fridge: rice wine vinegar, ginger, agave nectar and spices (recipe to follow)
Despite the issues, the dish was delicious. It held up well in my tiffin and I actually ate it cold. Carlo enjoyed his warm with sriracha. We both liked how everything turned out, especially since it was so easy to make. Stir-fry dishes can be as simple or as complex as you like. We get a kick out of combinations we can put together.
Another plus is that having pre-packed rice and veggies. No need to wait for water to boil or to chop veggies. If you’ve got a busy lifestyle, you can plan ahead to spend like 10 minutes on this entire dish! HOW GREAT IS THAT?!?!?
Now, I said we made our own recipe. With stir-fry meals, you can use whatever sauce you like. You buy something like Trader Joe’s Soyaki or just whip up something on your own, like our quick Ginger-Garlic dressing!
Here’s the recipe! Give it a try and let us know what you think!
- 1/4 c rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 2 tsp. agave nectar
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp. Chinese Five Spice
- Pinch of black pepper
- Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour over salad or veggies, or toss into stir-fry
Catch up on yesterday’s recipe!