Carrot and snow pea stir fry

Posted in Savory, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter on Jan 04, 2010

not happy about this oneThe Boy is growing snow peas as part of his elementary school’s garden, and he’s very excited about harvesting and eating “his” peas. Since it will be a while before his peas are ready, I picked up some snow peas at the store, bent on trying to find a good preparation for them.

This self-same Boy has been flirting with the notion that carrots MIGHT be edible. He’s attempted to eat them in several ways already, with varying levels of success. He suggested to me that carrots and snow peas would make an excellent stir fry dish, and before he could wiggle out of it, I was chopping vegetables.

Meet the cast:

Stir Fry ingredients

Oh, and here’s the (blurry) assistants:

Say hello to the seasonings Here’s what we used:

  • about five medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick-sized pieces
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved and then sliced thinly
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut in half and then sliced
  • 1 cup of snow peas, cut into thirds
  • 4 cloves of garlic (we love garlic)
  • 3 dime sized slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic and ginger

    I heated the oil until it was smoking hot in a cast iron pan, and then added the crushed and minced ginger and garlic. I pushed it around for about a minute, and then dumped the rest of the veggies into the pan.

    into the pan

    I let The Boy help toss the veggies around for a minute to get them crispy and fragrant, and then drizzled on the soy sauce and the sesame oil, and gave the whole thing a grind of pepper. One more minute of tossing, and we dumped them into a serving dish.


    I had cooked a pot of rice to go with the veggies, but these cooked up so fast that I had a serious time lag issue. Rather than have the veggies go cold, I thought we’d just give them a try without the rice.

    The Boy didn’t like this one, sadly. he ate it He did eat several forks full of carrot and snow peas, but he outright rejected the onions and zucchini, claiming they made him want to barf. The Sous Chef, however, was a big fan, as was The Chef.

    The sad part of all this is that we ended up having a bit of a showdown over this small plate of veggies.  I invoked the Starving Children of the World(tm) and the When I Was A Kid as well as a number of other parental greatest hits. And I’m not really very proud of that, because this challenge isn’t supposed to be a home version of those travel/cooking shows where people go to foreign countries to eat bugs and plants that can kill you.  This is supposed to be about being open to new things, and being willing to try them without threats of Being So Undernourished That Your Legs Will Fall Off And THEN How Will You Play Soccer, Huh?

    I’m sort of proud of that one, actually.

    He ate (some of it) – so I’ll call this a partial success, although he didn’t like it, so maybe he’ll call this one a failure.

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