Last night, my husband and I spent our Valentine’s evening cooking together. In my opinion, there is no better way to spend quality time with someone than in the kitchen. Whether you are cooking with a family member or a friend, the kitchen is a great place to share fun and new experiences together. With a co-pilot (or should I say co-cook), you can divide up duties, such as chopping or mixing (and don’t forget cleaning!), which makes cooking less stressful. In addition, you both have the opportunity to add a personal touch to the meal.
Here is the delicious stir-fry recipe that we made together; it generously serves two people.
Cashew and Vegetable Stir-Fry
For the sauce
- 2 tablespoons of cashew or peanut butter
- 1-2 tablespoons of chili garlic sauce
- 1 tablespoon of tamari
- 1 tablespoon of water
For the stir-fry
- 1/4 cup of toasted cashews
- 1-2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large organic onion, sliced
- 1 large organic carrot, sliced diagonally
- 1 cup organic broccoli florets, chopped
- 1 organic red pepper, diced
- 1 cup chopped bok choy
- 1 cup snow pea pods
- 1 cup of quinoa or brown rice
- Cook quinoa or brown rice as directed on the box
- Combine the cashew butter, chili garlic sauce, tamari, and water in a small bowl, and stir to make a smooth paste.
- Toast the cashews lightly in a small frying pan for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stir occasionally.
- Heat the olive oil in a wok or large pan, add the onion, and cook over high heat until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Add the carrot and cook for 1 minute; add the broccoli and cook for another 30 seconds; then add the red pepper, bok choy and snow peas, and cook just long enough to heat through.
- Add the sauce, stir to combine, sprinkle with the cashews, and serve with brown rice or quinoa.
Note: If you want to serve your stir-fry with meat, you can add grilled chicken
Source: The New Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina, MS, RD & Brenda Davis, RD
Once you’ve finished preparing the meal, sit down at the table with your co-cook and enjoy your stir-fry, which is made of nourishing ingredients, including love.
Have you ever cooked a meal with someone? If so, share some of your experiences below. What are some of your favorite dishes?