My blogging buddy from A Solitary Feast is doing the Whole30 nutritional reset thing. Julie posted a recipe that was perfect for what I had in my fridge that needed to be eaten. I had a small amount of ground beef and a bag of coleslaw. We like curried dishes and this one seemed super simple for a day where I was still coping with stomach flu. At least my P.S. would eat well!
I started with my favorite large nonstick skillet on medium high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. I diced half of an onion and lightly browned it in the skillet. There’s so much more flavor when the onions have a little color. Just because a person is limited in ingredients in the Whole30 doesn’t mean it won’t taste good!
When the onions were browned I added the ground beef and broke it up into pieces as it cooked. When the beef was mostly browned I added the seasoning. The beef would cook more after I added the coleslaw.
I used a curry powder I had on hand that we’d liked in previous dishes. It was Majarajah style, not the Madras style Julie had used. I let it cook for several minutes to awaken the spices.
I stirred in the entire bag of coleslaw mix. I knew from past experience the cabbage would reduce down to about half so although it looked like a lot, it soon wouldn’t be.
I stir fried the cabbage with the beef and onions for about 10 minutes. I wanted a tiny bit of crunch left for some texture in the dish.
Julie’s recipe hadn’t said when to add the lime juice but I assumed at the end of the cooking. My lime was small, about the size of an egg, and even after using half of it for juice I didn’t taste much lime in the dish. I used the juice of the whole lime. You’ll have to judge for yourself how big your lime is and how much lime taste you want to come through.
I loved the flavors in this dish. Very simple, but the lime brought out a nice pop of acid to perk it all up and make it an outstanding meal. My P.S. said he loved it and he doesn’t say that often. In spite of my stomach flu, I did eat a small bowl of stir fry and loved it. I’ll have to make it again when I’m feeling 100%
I served the stir fry with bowls of fruit salad that I’ll post another time. It wasn’t a large meal so if you’re really hungry you might want to add bread or rolls or a side dish. Or simply double the recipe!
Curried Coleslaw and Ground Beef Stir-Fry
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion; chopped
- 8 oz ground beef
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 14 oz bag coleslaw mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice from 1/2 a lime (or a whole lime if it’s small)
Add the ground meat and cook until no pink remains, about 5 minutes.
Add the curry powder and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Add the cabbage and stir until desired state of doneness. I liked the texture after 10 minutes.
Stir in lime juice and serve hot.
Adapted from A Solitary Feast