I really am on my last few pieces of veg after my Asda shop a couple of weeks ago- which I must say, has all kept really well. As I have written before, stir frys are super easy and cheap, and you can chuck in most veg.
I must admit I am getting a bit bored of eating veg all the time, so I decided to add some chicken to this dish, a little extra protein. I got the chicken in the Co-op reduced section the other day; chicken breast strips for £1, and this will give me around 3 portions.
My ingredients were:
- Fresh Chilli
- Fresh Ginger
- White Cabbage
- Spring Onion
- Mustard Seeds
- Lime Juice
- Chilli Flakes
I started by finely chopping 1/2 red chilli and some ginger, adding both to a hot pan with a drizzle of oil. To this fragrant mix, I then added the chicken. Ensuring the chicken was golden and cooked through, I then removed this from my wok, leaving the oil and remanded of the chilli and ginger.
Now onto the vegetables…
I sprinkled in a few teaspoons of mustard seeds, which then started popping all over the kitchen- this took me slightly by surprise. Quickly I covered the seeds with my sliced cabbage, leeks and broccoli stalks, which put the flying seeds at bay.
As well as being easily available, and a great flavour, mustard seeds are said to have a lot of health benefits too, helping the skin and supposedly preventing migraines.
I let the green veg mix cook for around 15 minutes, allowing the leeks and cabbage to soften, and the broccoli to become tender.
When the veg was nearly ready I added chopped mushrooms, which softened quickly. I wouldn’t usually put mushrooms in a stir fry, and to be honest, Ive only just started cooking them at all, but I had some leftover, and they only take a few minutes to cook.
Before serving I reincorporated the chicken to heat through, and once this was piping hot, served myself a big portion. To top off the dish I added my trusted spring onion and red chilli flakes.
The mustard seeds, chilli and ginger gave the veg a real kick and deep flavour, so I didn’t feel the need to add any soy sauce or sweet chilli, but both would be lovely. I prefer cooking stir frys with infused oils, as this adds extra flavour whilst actually cooking the food.
Price wise, the whole meal cost me around £1.20, including my bargain chicken. As I had quite a bit of veg to use up I do also have a pot of leftovers, which are great cold or hot, after a whiz in the microwave.