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Asian-Inspired Meals To Make When It's Time To Clean Out Your Fridge

Written by: Andrea Tudor

Asian-Inspired Meals To Make When It's Time To Clean Out Your Fridge
Cleaning out the fridge is a cathartic experience.

Why do we say this? You've heard expressions like "Out with the old, in with the new," and "making something out of nothing," right? Well, that's exactly what we are thinking as we scour through opened jars and unfinished condiments, look over leftover vegetables, and peer into our pantry. What space can I open up here, and what can I do with this today?

Asian-inspired flavors are a great way to tie together all of these odds and ends. Stir-fry, fried rice, and curries are generally quick and easy to make and are a great way to clean out the refrigerator or pantry. It's amazing what you can do with one pan and endless and interchangeable ingredient options. You'll develop tons of flavor, and end up with a balanced, healthy, enjoyable meal - all possible with items you may have been overlooking for a little while.

Sweet & Spicy Stir Fry Sauce

*For a vegan version, you can also mix 1/4 cup agave with 1-3 teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce.

Thai Green Curry Sauce

To cook the stir-fry/use the sauce:

  1. Mix your sauce of choice in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. In a large pan or wok, heat up 1 tablespoon of oil and then add about 4 cups of veggies such as bell pepper, broccoli, onion, etc. Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender but crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Cook your protein in a few tablespoons of oil, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.

  4. Add your sauce to the pan.

    • If using stir the Spicy Honey Stir Fry Sauce, cook for 1-2 minutes until heated through. Then, add your veggies back into the pan and toss until coated in the sauce.

    • If using the Thai Green Curry Sauce, add to the pan along with your cooked veggies and let simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

  5. Serve over rice, and garnish as desired (we suggest basil, cilantro, scallions, a squeeze of lime, or chopped cashews), and enjoy!

Wines to drink with Asian-inspired dishes:

You're probably going to be inspired to drink a beer with your Asian-inspired dish (and that's totally okay!), but wines can pair nicely as well! The best wines for most Asian dishes are high in acidity and/or juicy and fruit-forward. Stick to crisp, light whites, dry rosés, or fruity, light reds, and your palette will be happy. If your dish packs some heat, consider a Riesling--the slight natural sweetness will help cut through the spice. Clean Slate Riesling is a staff favorite and a true steal at just $8.99!

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