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.
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.
For flavoring, I used Chinese pepper, white pepper, Chinese five spice, and crushed chili peppers.
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
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.
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.
I’m also bringing this to this week’s Fiesta Friday. Come join the party!