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.

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Asian Ginger Stir-Fry with Fresh Greens

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add about 1 tablespoon coconut oil to a skillet and bring to medium heat.
  2. Once oil has melted, add sliced onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes translucent.
  3. 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.
  4. Continue cooking veggies until soft and onions are slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste.
  7. Serve the stir-fry alone, or with rice or noodles. Feel free to keep vegetarian, or top with shrimp, chicken, pork, or beef. Enjoy!
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