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Weeknight dinner stir-fry recipe


Weeknight Dinner Stir-Fry RecipeAs someone of Chinese descent, I never understood the idea of someone saying they were making a ‘stir-fry’ for dinner. I suppose it’s the same as saying you’re going to barbeque or grill, because 90% of the meals cooked in my home growing up were stir-fried. So to me, it’s just a way of cooking – boiling, poaching, baking – just a way that ingredients get turned into dinner. This stir-fry recipe is a great way to cook things quickly, and really, the bottleneck in making a meal this way isn’t the cooking so much as it is the prep work required in washing, peeling and chopping your vegetables. However, if you do this ahead of time (I highly recommend doing food prep or batch cooking as part of your weekly meal planning), then when it comes time to whip up dinner after work, it’s a breeze.

To make it even quicker, part of the weekly batch cooking in my household involves roasting meat (like chicken legs, or pork tenderloin for example) on the weekends, and then using this pre-cooked meat in dishes such as this.

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Weeknight dinner stir-fry recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Weeknight dinner stir-fry recipe


  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz snow peas
  • 5 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp wheat-free fermented soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 5-6 oz pre-cooked meat (like pork tenderloin) or other sliced uncooked chicken, beef or other meat
  • additional salt to taste


  1. If not using pre-cooked meat, in a wok or large sauté pan, on medium-low heat, melt coconut oil and stir-fry chicken, beef, pork or other meat until very lightly cooked. (It is not necessary to cook the meat all the way through at this point). Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add more coconut oil to the pan and add the minced garlic and grated ginger and stir-fry for a few minutes, until garlic is slightly browned.
  3. Add onions and carrots and toss to coat them in the oil. Cover the wok or pan for about 5 minutes to soften the carrots.
  4. Add celery, red pepper, snow peas and mushrooms and toss them in to mix in with all the other ingredients.
  5. Add the meat to the pan along with the green onions and soy sauce or coconut aminos and toss with other ingredients until the meat is cooked fully.
  6. Add cashews, tossing them just enough to mix in and serve.


Vivian is the founder of the Real Food Guide and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) who believes that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey to find what works. While she herself eats a diet of real food (aka a paleo diet), some people may find that they can flourish on a vegetarian diet instead. However, universal to optimal health and well-being is good quality, nutrient-dense, Real Food.

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February 26 |

2 thoughts on “Weeknight dinner stir-fry recipe

  1. Karen says:

    How many servings does this make?

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