Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poor Man's Stir Fry

Growing up, my mama would make this dish that we referred to as Poor Man's Stir Fry. We called it that because the ingredients were simple and not exotic. It didn't require special sauces or hard to find vegetables. It was something that anyone could make and the ingredients could be found in most people's kitchen.

This dish has become somewhat of a comfort food for me. It's also a dish that my family absolutely loves every time I make it.  So I wanted to share it with all of you.

The ingredients are simple:

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Meat (beef, turkey) My family prefers beef
  • 2 cups Carrots, cut
  • 2 cups Green Beans, cut
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp of Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 Medium Onion Diced or 1/2 tbsp of Dehydrated Onion Flakes (my oldest son does not care for the slimy texture of the fresh onions)
  • 2 tsp of EVOO
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce to taste (sub Raw Coconut Aminos for much less Sodium)
To cook:

Brown your meat on medium with the Onion and Black Pepper. In the meantime, cut your vegetables.  I like my carrots and beans close to an inch in length. 

Once the meat is cooked through, I transfer it to a bowl and cook the Carrots, Green Beans, and Garlic on medium heat in the EVOO for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  I like for them to be tender, while still having some crunch to them.  If you want them more tender, add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on for 5 more minutes.  Be careful not to burn the Garlic.

Once the vegetables are done, you can add the meat back to the pan and add your Sauce to the mixture. You could also leave the sauce out and it can be added to each serving as desired.  Mix everything together. 

You can serve it over brown rice or quinoa. And feel free to add tomatoes to it or anything else your heart desires.  And if you find a variation that you and your family can't live without, let me know! I'm always looking for new ideas.

*** For 21 Day Fixers, a serving with brown rice would be 1 Green, 1 Red, and 1 Yellow ***

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Does the one yellow account for the quinoa or rice or is it for something else in the recipe?

  2. What is your serving size to get the 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red? 1 cup?

    1. The recipe makes approximately 4 servings total. It should come out to about 1 and 3/4 cups of the stir fry and then 1 yellow container (or 1/2 cup) of cooked brown rice or quinoa. I hope that answers your question.

  3. Yummy! I used green and red peppers and zucchini since that's all I had and served it on top of a bed of spinach. Oh, and liquid aminos. I love the simplicity of this dish...and so does my wallet. I will be adding this to our regular meal rotation. Thank you!

    1. I love red and green peppers and zucchini. I'll have to try that one. Thank you for the suggestion :).

  4. hi! so if i were to sub riced cauliflower for the rice, would i just make that another green instead of yellow?

    1. Yes, you are correct. If you sub cauliflower rice it would be another green. I love cauliflower rice!

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    1. We purchased the pan that I use from Costco. It works very well and does keep food from sticking to the bottom.


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