This sounds complicated.
Ruthy doesn't have time for complications, and she sure as shootin' isn't about to waste valuable writing/editing/schmoozing time cooking, but this...
Is worth the twenty minutes it takes, and most of that doesn't have to be hardly, barely monitored.
Start with this:
I get the ginormous bag at Sam's Club and that has two packets of sauce inside....
Saute a large, cut-up chicken breast or small steak in a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and ginger (if desired) to taste. I just sprinkle all liberally. It's about the only liberal thing this conservative Yank does.
Add packet of sauce that comes with veggie mix. The sauce is thick so I add some water and soy sauce, thinning it until it's a little more like thin gravy consistency. Then I toss in some sesame seeds
I like to add an extra can of sliced water chestnuts because we love the little buggers.
I make rice on the side while the chicken or steak is braising. I use Basmati rice (we've talked about that before) because it doesn't get mushy or sticky, each grain maintains its integrity and I admire integrity, even in rice.
Maybe especially in rice.
4 cups boiling water
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
Bring the water, oil and salt to boil together, stir in 2 cups of Basmati rice. Bring to boil again, reduce heat and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
I like my cast aluminum Dutch Oven for rice, but that's because I'm a little over-the top. Kind of. Slightly. Any good saucepan will do.
I steam the veggies in the microwave until heated and just cooked. Soggy veggies don't make good stir-fry. Just pour out the amount of veggies you need from the handy-dandy freezer bag... into a bowl... and microwave them until warmed through.
I fold the veggies into the saucy-chicken-sesame seed mix. And this is what it looks like when done.
HOW STINKIN' GORGEOUS IS THAT????
And delish. No kidding.
I like cashew chicken so I keep a big can of Planters broken cashews on hand for munching and cooking.
The crunch makes me happy. I'm so much nicer when I'm happy. ;)
Truly, this is great done with steak or chicken. It would probably be wonderful with shrimp, too, but I haven't tried it.
Serve over the rice, totally a "fork" meal. And one pan...
One rice pan.
And a bowl.
Now that's my kind of cookin'!