Simple Stir Fry

So, as a school nerd (and with a vague possibility of studying abroad in the spring), I’m taking some college classes this summer. Most days the load is light, but Tuesdays and Thursdays I have class from 9 to 2. Lunch? What?

Eating in the middle of the afternoon can be a pain, and I often need something that’s quick-prep. And stir fry is easy–and yummy–plus you get to eat tons of vegetables.

This stir fry gets its flavor from fresh veggies, garlic, and soy sauce.

The regular soy sauce you find in restaurants and in packets with take-out contains gluten. To me, it’s a bit of misnomer to call it soy sauce: it’s more like soy-wheat sauce.

However, they do make gluten-free soy sauce, like tamari sauce. Tamari is made from soy beans and salt. You can buy it in a lot of grocery stores, like Whole Foods.

If you’re soy-free as well as gluten-free, try out some home-made soy-free soy sauce substitutes, like this one from I haven’t tried it, but it’s worth a shot.


olive oil

1 garlic clove, pressed

1/2 onion

1 large bunch collard green leaves

1 red pepper, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

tamari sauce (or soy-free substitute)

peanut butter (optional)

brown rice (mixed in or on the side)

Although I try to stay away from peanuts and tree nuts, sometimes I give in. When I made this stir fry yesterday, I added a spoonful of peanut butter at the end, keeping the heat on just long enough for it to melt a little and mix in with the rest of the ingredients in the pan. Adding peanut butter avoids the hassle of finding a good-tasting peanut sauce. Plus, the sweeter flavor of melted peanut butter is delicious with the salty tamari sauce and veggies.


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Categories: Main dish, Stir fry


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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