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 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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