The seasons are changing, as evidenced by the bounty of fresh produce available each week at the farmer’s markets. This time of the year always feels like a really rewarding time to be a Floridian – temperatures are cooler (mostly), the sun is shining (often), and local farmers are harvesting some of the season’s best produce. On a recent trip to my local green market, I picked up fresh ginger root from Lox Farms and a bundle of dark green bok choy from Swank Farm; the beginnings of one of my favorite go-to healthy dinners, Asian Stir-Fry.
Ginger is often touted as a medicinal root, containing powerful anti-inflammatory properties (and a spicy, flavorful kick!). Bok choy is an Asian green that is often referred to as “Chinese cabbage.” It grows in abundance locally, and makes a great substitute for spinach. This dish is super-flavorful and extremely customizable – feel free to throw in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand! You can enjoy it as is, or serve it with brown rice or rice noodles.
- 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 1 bell pepper, sliced thinly
- 1 large head of bok choy
- Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger – peeled and finely chopped
- 1 head of broccoli
- Coconut oil
- 1 cup broth (vegetable, chicken, or beef) – if needed
- Soy sauce or tamari, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Add about 1 tablespoon coconut oil to a skillet and bring to medium heat.
- Once oil has melted, add sliced onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes translucent.
- Add sliced bell peppers and broccoli, stirring occasionally to ensure they don’t burn. If veggies begin to burn, add a bit of the broth to the skillet.
- Continue cooking veggies until soft and onions are slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
- Add in the ginger and greens and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until greens become wilted. Again, add more broth here if needed.
- Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste.
- Serve the stir-fry alone, or with rice or noodles. Feel free to keep vegetarian, or top with shrimp, chicken, pork, or beef. Enjoy!