Do you ever look forward to something for so long that you can hardly believe it’s actually arrived?
That’s how I feel about Spring this year. I’ve been dreaming about all the things I want to make, do, and see this season, that it seems unbelievable that it’s arrived. Of course, it would probably seem more like Spring if we weren’t still having really cold weather, but that’s okay, the warm weather will get here soon enough and I’ll be ready for it, sunglasses and t-shirts in hand.
I’m sort of thinking this needs to be the year of exploring. I’m 22 now (omg, I’m getting so old guys!) and while I love staying at home sometimes, I also adore discovering new places. I’m for sure going to be taking at least one trip before Summer, but hopefully I’ll get in at least two new destinations. Stay tuned for more travel posts my friends because they’re coming. Also, many of you have been asking me about video. Now I know you’re probably wanting recipes and stuff, but I was curious, would you be interested in more personal vlogs such as “day in the life” or travel vlogs? Let me know!
Okay, but travels aside, I’ve got a delicious recipe to share today. So I clearly need to visit some Asian countries soon because when it comes to exploring the world of culinary flavors I always seem to come back to something Asian. I just love all the different ingredients that go into making these types of dishes, and I genuinely love eating all types of different veggies too.
Honestly guys, I don’t understand why veggies have such a bad rep, especially when you prepare them like this. I mean, everything becomes a world of yumminess when it’s stir-fried and cooked with layers of flavor. And speaking of flavors, I was so excited recently when I happened to find some fresh Thai basil at my local grocery. It’s something I’ve rarely ever found around here so I knew I wanted to star it in one of my next recipes.
It may look a lot like regular basil, but the taste is way different. It’s got it’s own thing going on and it makes the perfect finishing touch for a stir-fry like this. So I kept this very simple but you could add some tofu or tempeh for an extra filling weeknight meal.
I’d say one of the best parts of this dish is that it’s so fast and easy. I know I say this about a lot of recipes, but I can never pass up celebrating a quick meal after spending years now trying some not-so-fast recipes. This is coming from the girl who’s tried to make pretty much everything the long way. I mean, if we’re talking about slow-cooker meals, that’s a different story, but I’m referring to those meals that need like two or three days of planning ahead. This dinner takes right around 30 minutes and the only unusual ingredient is the Thai basil, which may not even be that unusual to some of you. The rest of the list are all things that are pretty common in Stir-fry dishes so they should be familiar. I hope you enjoy this one!
30-Minute Thai Basil Asian Stir-Fry
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons chili garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 cup carrots diced
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil divided (I used peanut)
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced
- 1 leek thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas
- 1/2 pound portabella mushrooms sliced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 handful Thai basil leaves roughly chopped
- steamed rice for serving
- toasted sesame seeds for topping optional
In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, chili garlic paste, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Add the cornstarch and beef stock to the sauce/marinade and stir until smooth.
Heat a large wok or skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and add the carrots. cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften then add the rest of the vegetables and cook for an additional few minutes until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until it begins to thicken. Return meat to pan and heat through. Serve with rice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired.