Sweet & Sour Veggie Stir Fry, Crockpot or Slow Cooker Advice, Working More

Hi Friends!  Well the week is flying by.  Not really but I’ll say it anyway.   I have expanded my paid employment work outside of the house to 4 days per week.   My in-the-house working for free is 365/24/7.   But I am gone 4 days a week now out of the house.  It’s a lot, but it’s the way life is and it keeps things interesting, busy, and full.  Full time parent with no outside help (Scott and I trade childcare so we don’t have to pay someone) and nearly full time employment. 

This means that if I don’t get to your blog every day to comment anymore, nothing personal, I just don’t have time.  Eventually I’ll try to catch up on all your posts and I do read in stealth a lot and not comment.  A big time saver!  

Today I got in a nice Lifting Workout at home.  They came from my Workout Tab
Scroll down to the part about If you Can’t Get to the Acutal Gym…  That’s what I did.

The other day I had some odds and ends to use up and came up with a quick veggie stir fry.   And kids + baby corn = a winner!

This came together in precisely 9 minutes.  And cost about $2 bucks, and used up all my random odds and ends.  Score.


Sweet & Sour Veggie Stir Fry
1 can of baby corn
1 can of water chestnuts
1/4 c diced carrots
1/4 c diced green beans
2 Tbsp Honey (or maple or agave)
2 Tbsp TJ’s Mango Chutney (or use Jam, Jelly, a Fruity Salsa like Peach Salsa)
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (or any acid like lemon, lime, orange juice; kombucha, vinegar, etc.)
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
Optional: Salt & Pepper to Taste
Optional: 2 Tbsp EVOO (or any oil, i.e coconut, flax, hemp, etc.)
Optional: Add any veggie you have on hand, beans, tofu, serve over rice, quinoa, millet

Here were a few of the odds & ends

Combine everything except the green beans.  I hate mushy green veggies so I add those right at the end.

Sautee for 5 to 10 minutes or to your liking

Serve

And wait for the smile.  She loves baby corn!

Thanks everyone for you fabulous comments on yesterday’s post about Being Judgmental or Critical of others.  It seems most of you feel judged by others in one way or the other in your life.   If we are all feeling judged or criticized in some way, then hopefully it just reminds us to go out of our way not to do that to others.  More love, less harshness.  More open-mindedness, less judgment.

Many of you said you try very hard not to judge others harshly, but that sometimes you struggle.  I think that is human, normal, common, and simply human nature.  

Also, I believe that there is a distinction between having an opinion on something or someone, making inferences, deductions, using reasoning, employing common sense strategies, whatever you want to call it, versus straight-up “judgment”.

The first set of things is what we do as humans to make sure our world is safe and orderly, it’s how we make sense of the things around us and interpret them; some judgments are necessary and practical Like, I judge it to be unsafe to run red lights. 

Some judgments however are not safe or practical.  Like, judging all skinny people as compulsive over-exercisers.  We have no idea if that’s true or not.

And as many of you said, it’s never okay when people are hurting others, abusing or taking advantage of them in some way.  

We need to know when to make judgments and when not to.  You get the point.  And if you don’t, consider doing your graduate work in psychology.  You can discuss this type of thing ad nauseum…haha!


Please read the comments for some great, articulate points made and brought up by those who chimed in.

And my question about finding a new hair stylist, most of you are leery to venture to new people, but sometimes it just has to be done.  And it can either payoff bigtime because you love the new person.  Or not.  Ugh, sucks when that happens!

Tip of the Day:

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Dessert: Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

 Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse takes about 5 minutes to make!  So easy!



Questions
1. Did you like baby corn as a kid? Or do you now?
When I was a kid, they were The Best.  I used to beg my parent to take me out to eat Chinese food simply to pick out the baby corn and peapods.  As an adult, I like them, but don’t have quite that over the top excitement about them that I did as a kid.  

2. Do you make stir frys?  What types of things do you put in them?
I make them when I have odds and ends to use up.  I really prefer raw, crisp, uncooked veggies but I find that if I sautee or stir fry things, I can get away with combining much more ahem, random, flavor combos (all my odds and ends jars of condiments) and also whatever veggies are in the produce drawer begging to be used.

3. What types of things do you find yourself able to do less of when you’re working more or more absorbed with school? 
I have less computer time, less time to read and comment on other blogs because the free time I have, I want it to be with Skylar and Scott outside, outdoors, gone out of the house, having fun!

4. Do you have a slow cooker, crockpot, pressure cooker, or rice cooker?  Do you like it?
I have been tempted to buy a slow cooker or crockpot since I could get something for $25 bucks or thereabouts from Target or similar, but I wonder if I will use it and like it?

Because as I just said, I really do prefer raw, fresh, crisp veggies but it would be great to be able to make things ahead in it.  For Scott for dinner when I’m gone or when ever.   Just to have something ready and done.

The caveats are: I would not be cooking meat in it, i.e. no chili or stews or soups that have meat.

And I would not want to use sodium-laden prepared condiments in order to “flavor” the dish; i.e. dumping that can of bbq sauce, half a bottle of ketchup, or jar of salsa in with enough sodium to give Scott a heart attack, no, not happening.  It seems many slow cooker/crockpot recipes call for this which scares me off.

Given my parameters, do you think I’d like it?  Any advice, suggestions, or thoughts are welcome!

Plus, maybe I’ll make beans from scratch in it and get over my fear if I get one…haha!

See you tomorrow friends…TGIF one day early!

   

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