Some nights, I love to spend hours slaving over an extravagant meal. But other times, I'm just hungry and need sustenance as quickly as possible. Tonight fell into the latter category. I spent the weekend visiting my boyfriend in Clarksville (3 hours from Memphis), and I arrived home just in time for dinner. I was famished so I whipped this Spicy Kung Pao Beef-less Stir-fry in minutes:
How did I conjure such a meal so quickly? I cheated, that's how. I used this Simply Asia Stir-fry Meal kit and a box of Trader Joe's Beef-less Strips.
I don't usually splurge on convenience items, like the stir-fry kit, but they were on sale at Big Lots for $2 a piece. I believe Whole Foods sells these for about $4 here. I couldn't resist a sweet deal like that. The kit comes with rice noodles, sauce, and Asian veggies (baby corn, water chesnuts, bamboo shoots, carrots, and mushrooms). I also added some green onion and extra mushrooms that were about to go bad in my fridge.
And I'd picked up the beefless strips at the new Trader Joe's in Nashville last time I was there. I'd read about them on a few blogs, and since I love all things faux meat, I had to scoop some up when I had the chance. These are excellent and I'll definitely be stocking up next time I go to Trader Joe's. They also make chicken-less strips that I'd like to try.