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Posted by Marsha on July 26th, 2013

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* This is a meal and can be modified for any fresh vegetables that you have

* Eat it without any fillers (non vegetable carbohydrates) for a perfect Best Diet For Life meal
 

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Summer time is great for the abundance of fresh vegetables from the garden. That is if you are a gardener. You can always find fresh produce at you local grocery store, but also from local farmers markets whom we like to support. We had an opportunity to pick some fresh vegetables from a friends garden (thank you Janet and Clark Spilker), and I added those to what I picked from our own and came up with this quick and easy stir fry. Sometimes, it is all about the ingredients! This would be one of those times. You can mix and match any fresh vegetables into your stir fry. What I have listed here is what I was able to pick. You can also substitute chicken for beef.

Fresh veggie stir fry

Ingredients:

1 pound of beef cut into cubes (preferably from grass fed beef)
1 medium to large onion
1 medium zucchini
2 large okra (a few more would be better, but this was what I had)
2 small eggplants
3 small green bell peppers
3 small yellow bell peppers
3 small jalapeño peppers
4 small tomatoes 
Coconut oil
Real salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Some small fresh basil leaves as a garnish 

Beef cut into cubes

Directions

Start by cutting the beef into one inch or smaller cubes.

Cut the onion into small pieces and put them into the fry pan with a tablespoon or two of coconut oil. Once they start to get soft, add the beef cubes and brown.

sautee onions add beef cubes to onions

Prepare the rest of the vegetables. Note that I use a chopper so all of the vegetables end up about the same size. This helps in quickly cooking them evenly. Start by washing all of the vegetables then;
- remove the skin from the zucchini and cut into pieces
- cut the peppers (green, yellow and jalapeño) in half and remove the seeds
- remove the top and bottom of the okra, then cut into pieces
- peel the egg plant, then cut into pieces
- cut the tomato into cubes, note that I add the tomato at the end 

peel the zucchini cut the vegetables

After the vegetables are chopped into bite size pieces, add them to the stir fry except for the tomatoes. Add more coconut oil if the mixture is looking dry. Remember how good coconut oil is for you so be generous!

chopping veggies the easy way everything in the fry pan

Continue cooking and stirring until the meat is done then add the tomatoes. Cook until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. Add real salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Cook for another minute then transfer to a plate and garnish with some fresh basil leaves.

Fresh vegetable stir fry

Here's the key to making this a great meal, especially if you agree with the Best Diet For Life. Don't add any fillers. Meaning, no rice, no bread, no anything other than maybe a glass of water. This meal as it is will nourish you and keep you going for hours. No sleepiness from eating non-vegetable carbohydrates. Enjoy!

 

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Comments

  • Posted by Bonnie Pendleton on July 29th, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.
    What do you have planted in your Veg Trug right now? I had a couple of Tomatoes that got ate up for the Tomato worm then put in Eggplant. They are doing great! Let me know how its working out or post a pic

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