Last night my husband asked me, “What’s for dinner?” I usually have a plan, but last night I really didn't have anything in mind. Luckily, I had some ingredients to work with — basmati rice and chili garlic sauce in the pantry, Swiss chard and green beans in the garden, just-finished-curing homegrown garlic, a shallot in the root vegetable bowl on the counter, and some pulled chicken in the fridge.
I heated up a mixture of sesame oil and olive oil in a sauté pan, then threw in minced garlic, diced shallots, green beans, and chopped Swiss chard stems. I seasoned the veggies with ginger powder, salt, and pepper. I let them cook for a few minutes, then added the chicken. Next, I added some liquid: chive vinegar, white wine, Worcestershire sauce, and the chili garlic sauce. I finished it off by adding the chopped Swiss chard leaves until they were wilted. I served the chicken vegetable stir-fry over brown basmati rice.
My husband was a little apprehensive about my odd mixture of ingredients, but the results were surprisingly delicious — he even went back for seconds!
A little creativity in the kitchen can save you a trip to the grocery store and give you new ways to use up your garden harvest!
— Kristy L. Rustay, Marketing Manager