In this post, I want to focus on weeknight dinners. Hence the One-Dish Wok Meals.
There are so many beautiful food blogs to get recipes from (see sidebar), so what I want to do is share a different approach to cooking. It’s stress free because you don’t have to run out for special ingredients, follow a recipe and there’s very little cleanup. Cook the gourmet dishes when you have more time.
Single guys tell me they enjoy showing off their wok cooking to their dates! This made me laugh especially when they said it makes them look like they know what they’re doing.
Why a wok? Because it heats up fast, cooks fast and washes up fast and best of all, you can use this one pan for cooking EVERYTHING, not just Asian stir frys. Less clutter, less oil, less washing up.
(I won’t repeat what I’ve already said in other posts about my preseasoned, lightweight cast iron wok. On my website, I explain in great depth and discuss different types of woks as well as technique to be successful.)
One-Dish Wok Meals is how my husband and I eat most weeknights and we never get tired of them. It’s really a no-brainer, it gives you the right balance of protein and carbs.
That’s how I was brought up, lots of veggies, less meat. I cut out eating starch a while back because I’m on the cusp of Type II Diabetes, I discuss this in Healthy and Delicious Snack Ideas. When my doctor first told me to cut back eating so much rice, I thought she didn’t realize I was Asian! Asians eat rice at every meal. I cut back a little at a time and finally didn’t miss not having it at all. When I understood starch drives up sugar levels, it was easy to give it up and see my energy soar. As mentioned, we’ll have quinoa more often than rice or noodles. I get into more depth about Diets on my website.
I hear amusing stories from many husbands who are relegated to washing dishes, so you’ll be pleased to know it takes less than two minutes to wash up for a One-Dish Wok Meal.