Weekday 5 Minute Meal Prep! Turkey & Cabbage Stir Fry
Makes 3 servings. Cook time: 20 minutes
This budget-friendly, real food dinner is loaded with feel-good nutrients and will satisfy your whole family.
I love this recipe for my family throughout the year. Rather than a sticky, artificial stir fry sauce, this stir fry is flavoured with just a few basic ingredients that most of us keep on hand.
The other beauty of this recipe is how quickly you can prepare it - in advance or at meal time - making it a perfect weekday meal solution.
Make it extra extra easy:
Use a bag of shredded cabbage or coleslaw in place of slicing the cabbage.
Make it extra healthy and extra budget friendly:
Stretch this meal by adding extra veggies and the sauce ingredients without increasing the meat. You can also swap the turkey ($7/lb) for a can of chickpeas or edamame ($1.50 per 1.5 cups)
Stress Reducing, Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients
Probably the most underrated Prairie superfood! Cabbage reduces inflammation thanks to antioxidants and high fiber. Eating cabbage has also been shown to help increase beneficial gut bacteria and therefore healthy digestion! Cabbage also contains vitamin k, vitamin C, and folate in good amounts which are important to many important functions of the body.
Ginger is one of my all-time favourite fresh spices, both for its wonderful flavour and its powerful health properties. It is strongly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, relieves nausea and indigestion, supports healthy digestion and lower risk of infection.
If you're feeling stressed or anxious, tryptophan in turkey may help bring relief and calm, and help your body produce serotonin - the feel food hormone.
Hello Holidays! Use leftover cooked turkey. Chop it up and add at step 4.
Plant-based: Use cubed, medium firm tofu or canned chickpeas or frozen edamame.
Fish! Leave out the turkey and serve with oven-roasted salmon, trout or Manitoba pickerel. Fatty fish like wild-caught salmon provide a much needed dose of omega-3 fatty acids for brain and mood health, vitamin D and stress relieving B-vitamins,
Soy sauce or tamari in place of coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are a natural product made from fermented coconut sap with a nice array of nutrients and minerals - though not significant amounts - and are gluten free. Tamari is an alternative soy sauce that is gluten free and is produced as a by-product to miso production, and regular soy sauce works just as well here, too.
Garnish with sesame seeds. Add a crunch, healthy fats and calcium!