I have always loved a good stir-fry. I think it’s a great way to get in a lot of vegetables and it’s an easy one dish meal!
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3-4 c. of fresh vegetables (variation of bell peppers,carrots, zucchini, broccoli, peas, etc)
- 1/2 to 1 head of cabbage
- 1/2 to 1 c. of teriyaki sauce or any flavored sauce you prefer (just make sure it doesn’t have MSG)
- 10 oz. noodles, cooked (I buy buckwheat noodles precooked or brown rice noodles, but you can use any kind. You could also just serve it over brown rice)
- 1/2 c. nutritional yeast (this can be used as a meat replacement- or use meat, chicken, shrimp,etc..)
- sesame seeds, optional (for topping)
- First, get your rice or noodles cooking so they will be ready when your vegetables are done.
- Chop all vegetables and get them ready for the stir-fry.
- Pour oil into wok and turn onto medium-high heat. Sauté onions & peppers in oil for a couple minutes until the onions are starting to soften. If you don’t have a wok, you could use a large sauté pan.
- Add the rest of the vegetables, excluding the cabbage. Sauté 5-10 more minutes or until soft. The more vegetables you use, the longer it will take.
- Add the cabbage and sauce. Reduce heat to medium. Continue stirring and cook until cabbage is soft. The picture below is how much cabbage I put in. It looks like a lot, but it cooks right down to almost nothing and it’s so good for you, so load it on!!The picture below is what the stir fry looked like after the cabbage wilted! Can you believe how much it cooks down? So don’t be shy, go ahead and load on this super food!
- Stir in 1/2 c. or so of nutritional yeast. (If using as a meat replacer. It has great protein and you don’t even know it’s in there! See more information below on nutritional yeast. It can be found at your health food store)
- You can serve the vegetables over noodles (I prefer brown rice noodles) or brown rice.
- Pour into serving bowl. If you are going to use meat instead of the nutritional yeast, cook it in the pan first, remove, and cover to keep warm. When the vegetables are done, add the meat back in.
Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast.
It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. The vitamin B12 is produced separately from bacteria and then added to the yeast.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as putting it into scrambled tofu or eggs. Some movie theaters offer it along with salt or cayenne pepperas a popcorn condiment. Interesting, huh? You can find it at most health food stores in the bulk aisle.