Ginger Lime Stir Fry

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

My original recipe for this had snow peas and red bell peppers but because of the higher carb content in the snow peas I opted for broccoli. Broccoli actually has more vitamins also. This way you are getting more nutrition content with a third of the carbs and calories. Best part about this is we get to eat more of it!  Again here, remember that you can sub in different veggies if you have some leftovers or something else on hand.  You could really use almost anything because with the fresh ginger, garlic, sriracha, and coconut aminos – you can’t go wrong.  I paired this with our Coconut Cauliflower Rice. The coconut flavor with the salt and spice is really something special. It’s so easy to make a small batch of regular grain rice on the side for the family. Or serve this with some steamed edamame. My kids love the fun of finding the beans in those.

 

When using food sources that are processed and prepared for us we often overlook many fresh herbs and spices that are tasty and very beneficial. Processed foods are filled with salt, sugar, and substitutes so when we buy these products we are robbed of so much goodness that comes naturally in these fresh and healthy alternatives. These herbs  and spices are not only allowed with the HCG protocol but encouraged so why not take the time to learn about them. When we understand why these foods are so good for us we are more likely to search them out and use them. I always try to touch on these herbs every now and then so hopefully this helps too. There are so many real flavor sources out there. Herbs and spices are definitely going to be an asset on the HCG diet.

Why add ginger to your HCG 2.0 meals?

 

Ginger is one of those spices… We love it until we get too much and then it can quickly turn spicy and pungent so be careful. Not only does it contain gingerol, the powerful antioxidant, it has other medicinal qualities we often overlook. The ginger root has an amazing ability to curb nausea. Some over the counter medications for motion sickness actually contain ginger. Furthermore, it is a natural remedy for morning sickness. I ate as much ginger snap cookies in the first few months of my pregnancy that my nausea would allow. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and promotes gut health. It acts as a soothing solution to bloating and poor digestion. It can even help with IBS. It will stimulate digestive acids that in turn support the digestion of food and allow our bodies to more effectively absorb nutrients. So, it can act as a vitamin in this way, promoting further absorption of other vitamins and minerals, so helpful. Because of ginger’s anit-inflammatory properties, it can aid in protecting the collagen in our skin. So a regular intake of ginger can lead to more of that radiant glow we are all looking for.  When you are starting to see the signs of aging daily, like me, I am willing to try anything that may help. Especially something natural that you can get in a variety of ways, such as in this recipe or ginger oil and one of my favorites – ginger tea.

Ingredients:

1 Tbs coconut aminos
1 Tbs sriracha paste/sauce
2 Tbs water
1 tsp cornstarch
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken sliced into strips
1 small head of broccoli, broken and chopped to bite-size
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs minced ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
salt

Instructions:

1) Whisk together coconut aminos, sriracha, water, and cornstarch. Set aside.
2) Heat 1 Tbs coconut oil in large pan or wok. Add the chicken and cook until almost done. Place chicken on plate and set aside.
3) Heat the other Tbs of coconut oil in the same pan and add the ginger, garlic, and scallions. Saute for 3 minutes.
4) Add the broccoli and saute until getting soft, then add the peppers. Cook until preferred doneness. Add the chicken back in to finish and pour the soy sauce mixture over top and add some cilantro, mix in.
Let saute for a couple minutes.
5) Serve over the coconut cauliflower rice with coconut aminos or sriracha. Don’t forget the fresh lime!