If you want something delicious but quick an easy for dinner, then a stir fry should be top of that list for sure. It is a cheap meal to make that will feed a family, it is filling, healthy and packed full of goodness.
Long gone are the days where stir-fries are soggy, have too much water and bland, it is now the complete opposite.
Lamb Stir Fry
You can really be creative when it comes to making a stir fry, this is also where you can use a lot of ingredients from the fridge so that they don’t go to waste. I always look at what I have in the fridge that would be ideal for a stir fry, I always have the same basics in the fridge, onions, peppers and carrots. If you want to make the stir fry delicious and really packed with goodness, you will need some more ingredients. Don’t go for anything expensive, far from it, a stir fry is not meant to be expensive at all, the only thing you need is good ingredients.
What makes a good stir fry?
To be honest with you, stir fry can really contain anything you really want, all cooked quickly in a wok or large frying pan. I use a large frying pan as I have an electric cooker, if you have a gas cooker then a wok would be better suited for you.
If you are wondering what makes a cook stir fry, you have to think about what is going to be in your stir fry, you need to remember that a stir fry needs to be quick to cook, the longest part of a stir fry recipe is the preparation of all of your ingredients. You need to make sure you have everything washed, cut and ready to be thrown into the wok or large frying pan. When you’re preparing the vegetables and meat, you need to slice it up properly to get the maximum surface area. If you’re wondering why that is, well it is simple, so it cooks quickly.
If you are using aromatics such as chilli, ginger, lemongrass etc, these need to be cooked low and slow to get the best flavours out of them. This is the complete opposite of cooking the vegetables and meats, these need cooking fast and hot. When you’re making your stir fry, you need to add the ingredients in a particular order, don’t throw them all in and hope for the best, this is what leads to the stir fry being overcooked, soggy and generally not a nice meal.
You also need to stir your stir fry often, this is why it is called a stir fry and finally, you have to use the right sauce for what you’re cooking, don’t cover the stir fry in too much sauce, you need just enough so the sauce can thicken and coat all the ingredients, this will result in a delicious meal.
What wok should I use?
Depending on what you have in your kitchen depends on what wok you should use. Personally, I would suggest if you have an electric hob to use a large deep frying pan, however, if you have a gas cooker, then get yourself a proper wok, a wok is something that should last you a lifetime. A wok can be used for a lot more than just stir frying, they can be used for steaming, pan frying, deep frying, poaching, boiling, braising and even searing.
How many syns in the minted lamb stir fry?
If you’re making a slimming world dinner packed of flavour and taste you don’t want it to be loads of syns, otherwise, you’re not going to cook it that often. It’s great to use your slimming world syns but you need to make sure you’re using them correctly and to fit in with your own slimming world journey.
With this slimming world minted lamb stir fry you’re going to be pleased to know you don’t have to use loads of syns! The minted lamb stir fry is syn free! You can enjoy the whole meal without having to add any syns onto your list, enjoy a healthy dinner, then you’ve got syns for dessert! Maybe some Chocolate Cake Squares?
Slimming World Stir Fry Sauce
With this dinner recipe, you don’t need a stir fry sauce, unlike most stir-fries. With this simple and cheap recipe, you’re using all natural and yummy ingredients that will be full of flavour so you don’t have to add anything else to the meal. You can always make your own stir fry sauce if you wanted although this recipe really doesn’t need it. Plus this syn free lamb stir fry has everything you need, you will have to use your slimming world syns on any stir fry sauce that you add although hopefully, I’ll make my own syn free stir fry sauce in the future!
Minted Lamb Stir Fry Cost
If you want a little treat, then lamb is one of those meats that you can really treat yourself with. Lamb is a little more expensive so this is why this dish is £6.77 for 4 people, working out to £1.69 a portion. These prices are based upon the supermarket that I regularly shop at. If you do find these products cheaper or use alternatives, you will need to adjust the figures to reflect that. Even with using lamb, this is a meal that would fit most budgets, whether you’re trying to be frugal or seeing what recipes you can make on a budget.
If you’re shopping for bulk items, this is a great way to make your budget go further, you just need to do is portion out the bulk items into what you would need per meal and just cook with that.
Recipe Cost Breakdown
*Prices correct as of September 2019
|Lamb (Diced)||350||462 kcal||£4.00|
|Garden Mint Marinande||50g||108 kcal||£1.59|
|Green Beans||50g||17 kcal||£0.19|
|Baby Corn||50g||13 kcal||£0.33|
|Red Pepper||100g||30 kcal||£0.21|
|Sweet Potato||1 medium||115 kcal||£0.20|
Minted Lamb Stir Fry
The minted lamb stir fry is a quick and simple recipe that will also fit all budgets, if you’re not a fan of lamb, you can change it to beef or even pork. If you want to use chicken or turkey, you will want to change the sauce to suit it better, the same method applies to whatever ingredients you use, remember that the ingredients must go in a particular order by the longest to cook first.
You can also check out some of my other quick to make dishes including Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, Tuna Fish Cakes, Tuna Pasta Bake or Posh Corned Beef Hash. You can cook some fantastic meals on a budget, most of the meals that I make cost under £5 for 4 servings.
Easy Lamb Stir Fry Recipe
Minted Lamb Stir Fry
- 350 g Diced Lamb Fat Removed
- 50 g Mint Flavouring
- 150 g Onions Sliced
- 100 g Leeks Sliced
- 1 Large Pepper Cut into Strips
- 50 g Green Beans
- 50 g Baby Corn Cut into bite Size Chunks
- 50 g Sweet Potato Peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 cup Water
- Put the mint flavouring on the diced meat and mix it all together, leave to marinade.
- Heat a frying pan / wok and add some FryLight, then add the onions, leek and mushrooms, cook until fried, remove from the pan and put in a bowl for later. In another pan, put the sweet potato, green beans and baby corn, add some water and simmer gentle to defrost and cook the vegetables.
- In the same pan that you used for the onions, leeks and mushrooms, add the minted lamb and cook until the lamb is completely cooked through, you will need to keep an eye on it, you may need to add some water so that the lamb doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Drain the simmering vegetables, as long as they are cooked.
- Once the lamb is cooked, add all the vegetables to the pan, mix together.
- Serve in bowls, remeber there will be some juice from the vegetables and meat. If you need some more help, why not check out the pictures showing the step my step:
As you can see from the recipe, this is a stir fry that I have tweaked and changed to suit my tastes, you’re more than welcome to make changes to the recipe to suit what you like, you can swap certain vegetables, change the meat or change the sauce, the basis is always the same no matter what. Making a stir fry like this is very much the way that they are made in Asia, I do know this, as I went on a cooking course while in Thailand in 2017, one of the best experiences of my life. You can make some amazing family recipes and recipes on a budget, you don’t need expensive ingredients, you just need to know what to do with them and how to cook them, that is what these recipes are here to do.
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