How to “downsize” your fridge. Stir fry.

When I think of downsizing, it usually means a trip to the resale shop, or finally getting rid of those two sweaters I bought years ago, still sitting in the closet. Or an hour adventure into the tupperware cupboard. Where do those lids go anyway? But you get the point. It means getting rid of things we do not need or want anymore. So when Mark’s company recently “let him go” due to downsizing, it created a fury inside of me. After giving nearly a decade to them, it took them only moments to complete the call terminating employment. Without blinking. How can they just not need or want him anymore? It’s disheartening. Frustrating. Not right.

Luckily, he has found some therapy in the kitchen. He has come up with some amazing meals in the last few days. Not that being unemployed is a good thing, but this is the one perk. Delicious food. Like this…

It was “clean-out-the-fridge” stir fry.

We started with some veggies. The carrots started the mix, followed by some onion, celery and rounded it off with fresh mushrooms. (put them in a bit later so they don’t get too mushy) My requirements for stir fry: firm veggies, NOT a mushy mess and a good sauce to finish it off.

I recently received my order from San-J, perfect timing! They offer a variety of cooking sauces, dressings, and gf soy sauce/tamari. My first gluten free expo adventure in Chicago led me to their coolest product. Single-serve tamari gf soy sauce packets. Just like those you find in to-go sushi that get tossed out for having wheat in them. Boo. Before finding these convenient packets, I tried like crazy to come up with a way to get my gf soy sauce to my favorite sushi places. Most of these attempts ended up with annoying spills in my purse. You can order them in boxes of 50. I should be set for a while.

We decided to make a little San-J combo sauce. A little of each. And then a little more.

Our San-J sauce combo

Tossed in a handful of frozen peas. With no other protein in the fridge, we went for a couple of eggs. Added them at the very end. We had already prepared the Thai Kitchen Stir Fry Rice Noodles. (just like regular noodles) Slid them out of the strainer, into the pan. Perfected the sauce. Dinner was served.

What are your favorite clean- out -the- fridge stir fry ingredients?

2 thoughts on “How to “downsize” your fridge. Stir fry.

  1. I don’t like mushy veggies either – ACK!

    It’s always interesting doing a clean-out-the-fridge meal. You never know what you’re going to end up with. Kinda like an Iron Chef competition. 🙂

    Our favorite veggies: Broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, peppers of any color, summer squash, zucchini, artichoke hearts, water chestnuts.

    Fave meats: Chicken, shrimp, beef

    We don’t always have these things in the fridge at the same time 😉

    If you’re looking for something a little different than soy sauces – try pesto – it’s surprisingly good!


  2. That sounds good. And speaking of stir-fry we are having that for lunch today. We like, carrots, celery, red and yellow peppers, and somtimes we add tofu to it. Of course we always have chicken in it–per Eric’s request. It’s too bad that Mark was laid off, same as me, so I ventured out to Europe. Eric is also enjoying a nice cooked meal for dinner, and now I even do more then a simple sandwich for lunch. Guess there are some perks for not working.

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