You are probably wondering “what in the $%&!” when you read the title of this post…………..and I can’t say that I blame you for wanting to know WHY IN THE WORLD I am suggesting a garbage can go anywhere near your stir fry. Well, my friend, before you get your panties in a bunch please let me explain.
If you have ever gone out of town for the weekend, had a lot of work/activities going on, or simply wasn’t able to make it to the grocery store, you probably know the idea of peering into your refrigerator on a Monday and wondering, “what in the HECK am I going to make for dinner tonight?”. The answer is, anything that was otherwise going to go into the garbage can!
So, friend, I introduce to you……..THE GARBAGE CAN STIR FRY.
Made up of just about any combo of veggies and protein, the garbage can stir fry has saved me many times from wondering what to make for dinner while effectively using the conglomeration of vegetables that had not yet been eaten from the previous week’s grocery haul. Learning this quick and simple recipe has saved us time, money and lots of frustration.
You will see in this week’s meal prep Monday from the AKOS Nutrition Group on Facebook, just how easy this recipe is (much easier than figuring out the strap on my avocado apron was)!
AKOS Garbage Can Stir Fry
Paleo & Whole30-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
1 tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil
1 pound high-quality ground beef/chicken/steak/shrimp/etc
1 onion, diced
2-3 pounds of veggies, thinly sliced (I used 1 head of broccoli, ½ bag of baby carrots, 3 zucchinis and 20 mini sweet peppers…..it’s what needed to be used up!)
If you want to learn more about soaking your veggies, check out THIS VIDEO and head to 7:04 for instructions on how to get all of the nasty dirt and grime off your produce!
For the Sauce……..
¼ cup Coconut Aminos or Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce contains gluten, and is a no-go in our family!)
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar (sub for traditional brown sugar)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for sauce, stir well to combine and then set aside.
2. If you are serving your stir fry over rice or quinoa, prepare this next!
3. Next, add the avocado oil to a large wok or skillet on medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion to the pan and cook until no pink remains. Drain excess fat.
4. Add your veggies, stirring frequently for 4-5 minutes. Add the sauce and stir, keeping the heat on the an additional 3-4 minutes.
5. Serve immediately as-is or over a bed of rice or quinoa.
For those who are meat-free, you sub tofu or tempeh for the animal protein!
Enjoy this tasty meal, and look forward to seeing another super-simple meal prep solution next week!