Winter is over. I don't know about you, but I struggle to work out in the wintertime. I get more exercise when it's above 55 degrees outside. This might be because I'm not a huge fan of cold weather at all. I get trapped inside to keep from freezing. I feel like I've been in a dark tunnel with the promise of warmer weather being a moonlit path guiding me to another season. Thank goodness, it's finally spring!
I've got all these fantastic gardening ideas. I want to get out in the garden. I just had to wait for the last frost of the year. Then the time change messed up my sleep pattern. On top of that, the weather has been going from warm to cold back to warm. It really does mess with your system. I want to go work out in the garden, but I'm stuck in slow motion.
I'm craving spring vegetables but still want warm food during the cool evenings, so I decided to go with a stir fry recipe. You can leave out the sausage to make an excellent vegetarian dish (start with the #4 direction). It cooks up in no time. This can free up more time for planting a garden to have more vegetables later in the year.
Broccoli 🥦 stir fry
12-ounce bag of broccoli slaw
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Bragg's coconut flavored liquid aminos
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, minced
1/8 cup sesame seeds
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 turkey link sausage, sliced
1.) Toss the sliced turkey sausage into a large skillet and set the eye to medium heat.
2.) Cook for approximately 10 minutes. The link sausage should start to brown on both sides. Add 1/16 cups of water if needed.
3.) Remove the sausage and set aside.
4.) Put 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the skillet. Set the burner to medium heat.
5.) Once the coconut oil is completely melted, add the broccoli slaw. Stir to coat the broccoli with the coconut oil.
6.) Start a timer to cook for eight minutes.
7.) While the stir fry is cooking, add garlic, minced red peppers, balsamic vinegar, Braggs liquid aminos coconut flavor, sesame seeds, and salt. Stir to mix them all.
8.) If you like your vegetables soft, Cover with a lid while cooking. Make sure to stir occasionally.
9.) Add the sausage back to the recipe if you aren't eating vegetarian and enjoy.
This recipe should help reset my system. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that scrubs the intestine walls. This should help clean out my system and maybe even help shed a pound or two. Red peppers and garlic help boost the immune system, since the changing weather doesn't. Coconut oil is a healthy fat that makes you feel full longer. The liquid aminos are good for muscle building. The balsamic vinegar is great for blood sugar control.
Source: "What Are Liquid Aminos and Can They Benefit Your Health?"
Healthline Nutrition 05/30/2019
"Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar"
Nourish by WebMD 08/17/2020
I know sausage may not be the healthiest ingredient. I chose turkey because it is slightly healthier than other sausage link choices. I put it in to appease other family members. Cooking multiple meals to satisfy many different taste buds isn't feasible every day, but sometimes you can modify the main meal to make several people happy. Hopefully this will give you some time to relax and enjoy some self-care.
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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up-to-date lab work.