Vegetable Stir-Fry

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Stir-fry dishes are great to make in the middle of the week when you want to throw together a healthy meal but are short on time – open up the vegetable drawer and use what you have on hand!

Serves 2 to 4


1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

1 small red onion, sliced

1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 red or orange bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced into small strips

½ cup snow peas, ends removed

2 carrots, sliced into thin rounds

2 cloves garlic, minced

Shrimp or shelled edamame for protein (optional)


½-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated

1 tablespoon tamari

1 tablespoon water

½ teaspoon mirin

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice


HEAT A SAUTÉ PAN over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and onion. Sauté the onion for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, snow peas, carrot, and garlic to the pan. Add shrimp or shelled edamame. Cook for another 3 minutes (if using shrimp, cook until pink). To make the marinade, mix the ginger, tamari, water, mirin, maple syrup, chili pepper flakes, and orange juice in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow the marinade to condense for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the marinade over the vegetables. Serve with brown rice or on its own.

Recipe by Elise Museles. First appeared in The Microbiome Solution (Penguin 2015).

Elise Museles

Elise Museles is a Certified Eating Psychology and Nutrition Expert, creator of the Food Story platform and the wildly popular blog Kale & Chocolate. As an author, speaker, health coach, and podcast host, Elise’s mission is to empower women to create a healthier relationship with food and their bodies by changing what’s on their plate – and what’s in their minds. Elise recently launched her podcast, Once Upon A Food Story, where she shares the “Food Stories” of leading health experts such as Kimberly Snyder, Dr. Frank Lipman, Robyn Youkilis and more. She’s also the best-selling author of Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover.

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