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Pepper beef stir fry

If I could name a favorite dish that I love lately, it would be ground beef stir fry. On a weekend during your food prep time, heat a big pan. Grab some ground beef (or pork or whatever). Add some garlic. Brown a HUGE batch of it. Then on busy weeknights, throw some veggies in a pan, cook them to almost done, then add some already-cooked meat. I have dinner on the table in 20 minutes from start to shovel.

How I season depends heavily on what is in the fridge and what I feel like eating. Tonight, I wanted an Asian spin so I got out some ginger, coconut aminos (gluten free soy sauce substitute), coriander, thyme, and a hint of red pepper flakes. If you do not have all of these, just go with what you DO have. Chinese 5 spice is a good one. Garlic-chili pepper-paprika-thyme is a good combination, too.

beef pepper stir fry~

Pepper beef stir-fry

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup of chopped green, red, or yellow pepper. (half of each makes roughly 1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup of sliced snow peas
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/3 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons of coconut aminos+ 1/4 cup of chicken broth (beef is fine, chicken is another depth of flavor). Mix together in a small cup.
  • 1.5 lbs of ground beef, already cooked
  • 2 teaspoons each of ground ginger, ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and thyme.
  1. If you do not have beef already cooked, do that first and set aside for later.
  2. Preheat pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons coconut oil to pan. Wait until it melts and heats to a shimmer. Add peppers, carrots, onion, snow peas, garlic and spices to pan. Stir fry until crisp tender about 6-8 minutes. Turn heat to med-high for 1 minute, stirring halfway through.
  3. Add broccoli, cilantro, cabbage. DO NOT STIR. Get a lid ready.
  4. Add liquid to pan and cover quickly. Let these steam for 3 minutes. Remove lid and stir together. Add beef back to pan. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.
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