Sesame Vegetable Stir-Fry

I’m doing the Whole 30 for the first time. It’s something I’ve been thinking and reading about for a long time, just never committed to. Fast forward years, when modern medicine has failed to help me with an ongoing-what-seems-to-be-another-chronic-issue, you just can’t help but think, it has to be something within my environment that is triggering these things. 30+ medications and treatments and not a single budge in improvement, when those treatments typically help 95% of the population? Well, I mean, I know I historically reside in the 5%, but for fucks sake! Anyway, more on that later.

Needless to say, I’ve been cooking up a storm and getting creative in the kitchen! Fortunately I consider myself pretty savvy in the kitchen and love food, so I don’t feel stress or obligation to follow specific recipes while completing this Whole 30. I probably will make some recipes, but it just isn’t my style. I’d rather create random things using quality ingredients. I had plenty of leftover protein to reheat from cooking throughout the week, so I needed a side to go with it last night, and I was craving some different flavors, Asian sounded tasty. What I ended up with had the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and nutty.

Asian Inspired Stir-Fry

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped brussels sprouts
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 tsp dried ginger
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Black pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds

Put all veggies, garlic, coconut oil, dried ginger, and sprinkle of salt and pepper in saute pan on med-high heat, sauteing until coconut oil is mostly absorbed and onions are starting to turn transparent. Decrease heat to low-med and sprinkle chili flakes (personal preference for spice, but I used probably 2 tsp) and add coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute), continuing to saute until everything is cooked but not mushy, maybe 3 minutes more. Reduced to low heat and drizzle sesame oil over vegetables and toss. However you decide to plate this side, garnish with sesame seeds. If you think you’ll have leftovers, I’d garnish with seeds only on specific plates/bowls so the seeds don’t get mushy in the leftover portion to be reheated. Side note – I toss the sesame oil in recipes last, because it has a low smoke point and oxidizes when heated on high heat.Β Perfect blend of nutty, sweet, spicy flavor!

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Shrimp, Basil & Portobello Stir-fry

I love mushrooms. All kinds. All of them. EAT ALL THE MUSHROOMS.

Anyway, I had two large portobello caps that I wanted to use, so I decided to make a simple stir-fry. As per my usual method, I started with one ingredient and kept adding, using up vegetables that needed to be used, and then adding some more protein. Took about 15 minutes from start to finish, and was fabulous, just had the leftovers for a late breakfast πŸ™‚

Shrimp, Basil & Portobello Stir-fry

  • 2 portobello caps, chopped in chunks
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups shrimp
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt/pepper
  • Grassfed garlic herb butter

Start by melting the butter in a saute pan, and then add the 2 portobello caps. Continue sauteeing until mushrooms just start to soften and add the shrimp, tomato, fresh basil (cut up over the pan with shears) and generously grind sea salt/pepper over top. Continue sauteeing on medium until the added ingredients are warm. Crack the 3 eggs over top and place a lid over the pan. Let the eggs cook to your liking (mine were over medium).

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Stir-fry, Asian Style!

I love stir-fried veggies, all different kinds. Throw them in a pan, let them cook and eat. So easy. I have been craving an Asian style flavored stir-fry, without the soy/sodium, so I threw one together last night (also inspired by the veggies that needed to be used).

Asian Stir-Fry

  • Veggies of your choosing
  • Chopped garlic cloves
  • Dried ginger
  • Kosher salt/pepp
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut aminos

I started by melting a little coconut oil in the pan, and adding the more firm veggies-chopped garlic and onion. I sauteed until half-way cooked, then added the two kinds of zucchini and mushrooms. I seasoned with kosher salt/pepp/dried ginger, and let cook:DSC_0113It didn’t take long until they were done, so I threw them in a bowl and tossed them in coconut aminos, a substitute for soy sauce. Lower in sodium, organic, gluten free, non-gmo, dairy free, soy free, etc. It satisfied the craving without being over-powering.DSC_0115

 

Curry Vegetable Stir-Fry

Sunday night, I had zero desire to cook, and was contemplating junk food (I do still do this). I resisted the urge, which was hard as hell (it is still hard sometimes), so I did what I do often, which was “what needs to be used so it doesn’t spoil?” Bell peppers and zucchini, so I decided to do a simple vegetable stir-fry. For flavor, I added shallots and garlic. When it was almost done, having been craving Thai food, I thought I’d add curry powder. It smelled amazing, but then I remembered I had pineapple in the fridge that needed to used, so I tossed that in too! What I ended up with was an awesome Thai inspired, colorful, and warm meal.

Curry Vegetable Stir-Fry

  • Bell peppers (2 colors)
  • Zucchini, 1 green, 1 yellow
  • 2 shallots
  • Garlic cloves (as many as you like!)
  • Pineapple
  • Curry powder
  • Kosher salt/pepp

Isn’t it gorgeous? πŸ™‚