Monday, July 11, 2011

1-Ingredient Dinner Maker: Black Bean Sauce

For weekday nights when time is sparse and inspiration is lacking it's always nice to have a few Go-To dinners in your back pocket. Turkey burgers and taco night are our two favorite fall backs and lately with all the fresh produce coming into season we've started making a lot more stir fry. Stir fry is just about the easiest ways to get some protein and a ton of veggies into a hot meal. The key to making it actually taste good is all in the sauce. Black bean sauce is a potent and salty flavorful sauce that sits in the international food aisles near the soy sauce. Just a couple spoonfuls of it can flavor a huge pan full of veggies and meat. We keep chicken in our freezer at all times and a jar of black bean sauce in the fridge so that all we have to do is buy some fresh veggies and we've got a great dinner. If that still sounds too hard, just buy some frozen veggies to keep in the freezer too! Here's a super easy stir fry to make with your black bean sauce but you could really use any mixture of veggies and meat/seafood...

Simple Stir Fry with Black Bean Sauce

2 Chicken breasts
1 yellow zucchini squash sliced into small circles
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup cooked peas (boil fresh or just thaw out frozen)
1 small eggplant cut up into little pieces
1 tablespoon Dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons Black Bean Sauce

-Put a large pan or wok over medium high heat and coat with the sesame oil
-Add veggies and a sprinkle of salt, saute for about 5-10 minutes until onions are getting soft
-Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cut into little chunks, add to the pan
-Stir until chicken is cooked through, then turn heat down to low
-Add the black bean sauce and mix with the whole dish until it is all coated.
-Serve alone or with white rice.

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