Beef Pineapple Stir Fry (Whole30)

January 29, 2017

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

Happy Chinese New Year!

I’m bringing you a healthy stir fry using the two challenge ingredients for Angie’s healthy recipe challenge. I’m not Chinese nor do I know how to cook authentic Chinese dishes but this was a delicious stir fry perfect for a busy weeknight dinner, whether you’re doing the Whole30 or not. It comes together very quickly, and while I had it on its own, it would be delicious with a side of rice.

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

The requirement for Angie’s challenge is to create a healthy dish with leafy greens and pineapple. The first thing that came to my mind was a green smoothie but fresh pineapple doesn’t agree with my stomach, and using canned pineapple would just negate the healthiness. I chose to use fresh pineapple but cook it in the stir fry to destroy the enzymes my stomach hates so much. For the leafy greens, I went with bok choy since I love the flavor and crunchy stems.

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

For flavoring, I used Chinese pepper, white pepper, Chinese five spice, and crushed chili peppers.

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

And of course, a Whole30 girl’s best friend: Coconut Aminos. People use it as a substitute for soy sauce and claim it tastes the same. It doesn’t. It’s sweeter and the flavor is less strong but it does go well in stir fry, and I always keep a bottle in the fridge. I

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

Heat a pan on medium heat and add sesame oil. Cook the minced garlic, ginger, and spices. When it becomes fragrant, add the beef and cook until browned. Stir in the bell pepper, pineapple, and Coconut Aminos. When the bell pepper and pineapple start to cook down, add the sugar snap peas and bok choy and cook for a few minutes until all the vegetables are cooked through.

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

The enzymes in the pineapple help to tenderize the beef, so try not to use thin slices of beef like I did, or you’ll end up with little bits of beef all over the place. It still tastes delicious, but it doesn’t look as clean as it would if you used thicker slices of beef.

Angie, I hope you like my submission to your healthy recipe challenge and that it helps people become a little healthier! Check out the challenge if you’re interested in entering yourself, or you just want new ideas for healthy meals.

Whole30 Beef & Pineapple Stir Fry

Beef Pineapple Stir Fry (Whole30)

Serving Size: 3 to 4

Beef Pineapple Stir Fry (Whole30)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 lb (453g) beef, sliced
  • 3 bok choys, cut into thirds
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, ends cut off
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple cut into bite size
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon ground Chinese pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed chili pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan on medium heat and add the sesame oil.
  2. Cook the garlic, ginger, Chinese pepper, Chinese five spice, crushed chili pepper, and white pepper. When it's fragrant, add the beef and salt and cook until browned.
  3. Stir in the bell pepper, pineapple, and Coconut Aminos.
  4. When the bell pepper and pineapple start to cook down, add the sugar snap peas and bok choy and cook for a few minutes until all the vegetables are cooked through.
http://www.aimadeitforyou.com/beef-pineapple-stir-fry-whole30/

I’m also bringing this to this week’s Fiesta Friday. Come join the party!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Treat and Trick January 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Healthy combo and looks super yummy. I love the addition of pineapple in it…

    • Reply Ai January 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Nora!

  • Reply NancyC January 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This looks like such a yummy, deathly meal!

    • Reply Ai January 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! I’m assuming you meant “healthy” and not “deathly” 😂 lol!

  • Reply Jhuls January 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    This dish looks so “happy”. 😀 I am sure I will be happy, too, if I get to taste this. 😛 I love pineapples and beef together. What a lovely recipe to share at FF challenge. 🙂

    • Reply Ai January 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, Jhuls!! I don’t know what it is but pineapple does brighten things up. Maybe it’s because it reminds everyone of bright summer days?⛱ Happy FF!

  • Reply Judith Graber January 30, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I agree with your last comment Ai as pineapple does remind me of bright summer days, grilling and making my pineapple salad as a side. This looks very tasty and a stir fry can be anything you want it to be 🙂

    • Reply Ai January 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Mmmm pineapple salad! I love adding fruits to salads. Makes me more motivated to eat vegetables😁

  • Reply Angie | Fiesta Friday January 30, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I don’t think I’ve tried pineapple with beef, only chicken and pork. Duh, I’m so dumb! Of course they’ll be delicious together. Next time I make bulgogi, I’ll use pineapple. Thanks for the inspiration, Ai! But first I’ll have to try this stir fry. So healthy and delicious. And easy enough to make. My kind of recipes! Thanks for participating, Ai! 😘👏😘👏

    • Reply Ai January 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I thought about using pork, actually! But I just happened to have beef, plus my last post had pork belly so I wanted something different. I bet pineapple would go well in bulgogi!!😋
      I had so much fun making this, Angie! Thanks for the inspiration to get creative😊❤️

  • Reply Julie January 30, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Ai, this is one beautiful recipe! I just love stir fries of all kinds. They are so fresh and delicious and you definitely made a great dish for Angie’s challenge!

    • Reply Ai January 31, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you, Julie!! I love stir fries too! Most weekdays I end up making some kind of stir fries just because it’s so easy and a great way to eat a bunch of vegetables!

  • Reply Julianna January 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Very delicious! I love the combination of flavours and textures. This is a lovely dish to celebrate with

    • Reply Ai January 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you, Julianna!

  • Reply Indu January 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Looks wonderful. Especially since as you say that the pineapple tenderizes the beef. that’s excellent!

  • Reply Balvinder February 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

    What a yummy meal!
    Good to know pineapple work as a tenderizer. We use green papaya to tenderize lamb meat.

    • Reply Ai February 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Thank you, Balvinder! I had no idea green papaya can also be used as a tenderizer! I’ll have to try it out 😀

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