Stir Fry with Zucchini and Baby Corn
1 small zucchini (6" - 8")
4-5 stalks celery
1 medium white onion*
1 green pepper*
1 yellow pepper*
1 red pepper*
5-7 big mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water (if needed)
You can get the onions and multi-colored peppers frozen and labeled "stir fry mix" in the freezer section, which is what I did here.
If you have a fussy eater who dislikes certain vegetables, you can make them more palatable by cutting them into smaller pieces. When the flavors blend, it's all new.
I found the baby corn, canned, at my grocer.
To use raw ginger root, cut off a 2" chunk, peel it, mince it, and then squeeze it through a garlic press. Worked great!
Step one: prepare the veggies
Cut off the ends of the garlic, peel, and put through the garlic press.
Cut off 2" of the ginger root, peel, chop tiny, and put through the garlic press.
Chop everything else into the size you prefer. I tend to like big chunky veggies in my recipes, but some prefer smaller ones.
Step two: add seasonings
You do not need to use oil or spray here unless you want to. Really.
Pour all the veggies into the large frying pan that has a tight fitting lid.
Add a heaping tablespoon (I use a palm-full) of onion powder, garlic powder, and a little bit less than that of masala, and cumin. I freaking love cumin. If you like those seasoning packs from Ramen noodles, then you love cumin. Salt and pepper if you like.
Cover and put the burner on low and let the veggies cook in the frying pan. The mushrooms and zucchini will release their nutritious juices, so you probably won't need anything else, but if they cook dry and start to stick to the pan, add a tablespoon or two of veggie broth (or water if you don't have any) to keep them from sticking.
You can cook them as much as you want this way, and if you let the liquid cook away and keep the heat nice and low even longer, you can even get them to caramelize. Get them as done as you want them.
Step three: taste and adjust
This is an important step, not to be skipped. When you think it's done, taste it, and smell it and experience the flavors and textures. Add more or different seasonings to adjust until delicious.
Serve over brown rice.