I usually make soups this time of year to use up the odds and ends in the fridge. Last night, though, I decided to stir-fry. The veggies that I found (carrots, celery, cabbage and onions), weren’t particularly exotic, though I did have enough pea pods to stir-fry a main dish with chicken, but they were enough, in combination with garlic, ginger and scallions, to make a savory, satisfying side. I scrambled a few eggs into the veggies, and added a handful of frozen peas. Along with the last of the brown rice, we ate a nutritious, cost-effective meal that filled everyone’s belly and left the fridge blessedly bare. I’m going to stir-fry more often. I liked the freedom it gave me to be both creative and practical. You don’t need a recipe, just a willingness to experiment and eat.