Pea-nutty Stir Fry
3/4 cup dry rice
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, diced
ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon peanut butter (I use freshly ground)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (I use raw organic)
2 cups (or more) stir fry veggies (broccoli, carrots, spinach, corn, peas, grean beans, etc.)
course sea salt, to taste
1/4 cup almonds, crushed, divided
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
2 teaspoons pepper sauce
1 tablespoon tamari, soy sauce, or Bragg's aminos
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1. Using 1 cup water, prepare rice according to package directions. Cover tightly and remove the rice from heat when water is 90% absorbed. The rice will continue to steam, but you want it only 95% saturated, so that it can still soak up some of the sauce without getting mushy and heavy.
2. Complete rest of recipe while rice is cooking. Pour sesame oil into wok over medium high heat. When oil is almost smoking hot, put in onion and garlic, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Let sauté for 1 minute, until glossy; stir around so garlic does not burn.
3. Add peanut butter, stir to soften, then stir in 2 tablespoons water. Let reduce into thick sauce. Stir apple cider vinegar into sauce and let reduce 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.
4. Put in veggies, stir to soak up sauce. Add a bit of water if all the sauce goes completely away, because you want some left to soak into rice. Sprinkle veggies with course sea salt and 1/2 the almonds. Add cayenne powder and pepper sauce. Stir.
5. Add rice, soy sauce, and pepper flakes. Stir, reduce heat to medium-low, cover for 3 minutes, and stir periodically to avoid rice stickage. You basically are wanting the rice to gather up sauce and flavor and meld into the rest of the dish. Plate up and sprinkle with remaining crushed almonds.
Very important: eat this only with chopsticks! Unless you are Chuck Norris, then eat it red hot with bare hands! If you are not good at chopsticks, practice in private at your leisure in the living room on the coffee table with pennies and dimes. If you can pick up a penny with chopsticks, you are a good student. If you can pick up a dime with chopstick, you are a master, grasshopper. Extremely important: do not swallow the pennies and dimes!
I am an eating ninja, so I eat this whole thing myself in 1 sitting, although I give my dog a 1/2 cup scoop of it only if he pays homage to my ninja-ness. Don’t hate! Grasshopper!
Source of recipe: I don't measure much and thus accidently put too much ACV in stir fry one night, and decided to use peanut butter to reduce the acid. A yum was born!