Celebration Lunch & Veggie Stir-Fry with Peanut Butter Sauce

School’s out for summer!

Well, not really, I start my summer coursework soon. But, Alan and I did spontaneously celebrate on Friday afternoon by going to the beach and lunch at our favorite vegan cafe. We had a feast of plant food!

Besides the gorgeous salad with tempeh I had in the foreground, I also had this veggie-stuffed spring roll:

Mmmmmmm, tasty!

I thoroughly enjoyed getting away from the computer and out for an afternoon. I made it to my local yoga studio’s open house yesterday morning to try out Ashtanga yoga. It was fun trying something new, but I more of a traditional Vinyasa-style yoga girl, I think.

Last night, I felt like I needed to bulk up on my veggies, so I made one of my giant water-sauteed veggie stir-fries with peanut butter sauce. I did a couple of how-to guides for making this dish here and here, but I realized I’ve never posted a printable recipe for it. The key is, you just use whatever vegetables you have on hand, whether it be bell peppers, sugar snap peas, bok choy or whatever! And, since I don’t use any oil to cook the veggies, I use the peanut butter sauce liberally. It makes the whole dish rich and flavorful. I rarely even serve rice with my stir-fries, I find the vegetables to be filling enough.

The vegetables get water-sauteed in a large wok or skillet:

And then I just pour the peanut butter sauce on top and stir it in. The result is simply irresistible!

The leftovers heat up nicely in a large skillet and I have even frozen them as well.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow morning!


  1. Glenda says

    That dish looks amazing! Im going to make it tonight! Thanks for the pix and recipe. BTW, what vegan restaurant is that? Im in So Ca and frequently drive up the central coast. Thank you! Glenda

  2. says

    Hi Carrie!

    I came to ask the same question as Glenda! I have friends in the area who are recently vegan and would love to recommend it to them!

    Happy Sunday!

  3. Loraine says

    Yummy! What kind of wok do you have? I am interested in getting a wok. Some of them (carbon steel?) have to be seasoned or come pre-seasoned, and for those they always talk about how the seasoning gets better as you use it, but I assume they are talking about using it with oil. I doubt the seasoning would stay well using a water-saute all the time. So I haven’t gotten one yet. But if you have a version that works well even with water saute, I’d love to hear about it.

    • says

      Hi Loraine! My wok is from Ikea! I believe they sell 2 different types and this one was the “fancier” one because it has a lid. I think it cost about $25, but I can’t remember exactly how much it was. It might have been a little more. It works great though, I love it.

  4. says

    Yay! Congrats on the end of the semester 🙂 I remember when I graduated from university, it took me over a year to adjust to not having constant essay writing and reading. Two years later, I still catch myself worrying about essays lol. I even have dreams of missed due dates even though I’m now self-employed. I hope your brain will allow you to relax before you get back into your next semester!


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