It's a superfast cooking method associated with Asian food, but stir-frying works with all sorts of flavors. The key to success is to have all the ingredients ready to go before you turn on the stove. Cut the meat and vegetables into bite-size pieces, and keep everything moving in the pan for even cooking.
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Count On Couscous
It's pasta that looks like grits, except fluffier. Couscous is a fast substitute for rice, potatoes, noodles, or large-shaped pastas. Choose a whole wheat version for healthful benefits. Best of all, you don't have to cook it, and it's ready in minutes.
- Pour boiling water or broth over couscous in large bowl.
- Cover bowl, and let stand 5 minutes.
- Uncover and fluff with a fork.
"Skillet Sensations" is from the September 2007 issue of Southern Living.