“Decoration” stir fry

This was definitely a what’s-in-the-fridge kind of lunch.  Monday is my “day off” so I do all my grocery shopping and laundry on Mondays.  L (my almost 3-yr-old) also needed a trip to the barber this morning because Grandma is coming to town in a few days and we wanted him to look spiffy.  When we got home, lunch time was upon us, and I had to think fast before my hungry boys went crazy.

I recently joined a vegetable buying co-op, and carrots and yellow squash were in abundance in my fridge today.  I started with those, and the rest of this recipe slowly evolved.  I just LOVE the colors.  Don’t you?

“Decoration” Stir Fry

What you need:

6 carrots

4 yellow squash

3 beef polish sausages (or about 6 regular sausages)

8 fresh brussel sprouts

2 tbsp butter

dried basil

Hungarian sweet paprika


In a large pan, melt butter over medium-high heat.  Peel and slice carrots diagonally, and sautee in butter until slightly softened.  While carrots are cooking, dice yellow squash and quarter brussel sprouts.  Add to pan and stir to combine.  Cook for about 6 minutes or until brussel sprouts are softened and turn bright green.  Meanwhile, cut sausages length-wise, and then into slices.   Add to pan with basil and paprika (to taste) and cook until sausage is warmed through.

This was a BIG deal for me.  Why?

It’s my very first time ever in my whole entire life to eat Brussel Sprouts!

And you know what?  …I liked ’em!

I wasn’t the only one.  J (15 months old) had not one but TWO helpings, and L said, “It tastes like decoration!”  I think he was commenting on how pretty and colorful it looked, but I thought it was such an insightful comment, I stole his word to name the recipe.  🙂


3 responses to ““Decoration” stir fry

  1. I just found your blog through a Facebook post by a mutual friend. I have read about your bento boxes and muffin exploits for a long time. Now I can see the recipes! I wish I had had your creativity when my kids were the ages of yours.

  2. mmm… It looks great, I love colors too…

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