As the blend is full of high-fiber vegetables, I didn't want to just toss it in a salad because that way was bound to lead to gastric upset and self-recrimination. After too many wandering thoughts, followed by an angry moment of "ohmygodjustdoSOMETHINGwithitalreadyitsJUSTFOOD," I ended up sautéing half the container in splodge of bacon fat until tender and then added in a pound of browned grass-fed ground beef and two cups of garlicky, home-made tomato sauce. It was a surprisingly tasty combination, but I didn't want to make it again with the other half of the Healthy 8 blend, because repetition breeds indifference and, the second time around, I was likely to go "meh" and leave it to moulder in the fridge.
So I made this. Which kinda-sorta has the flavors of a stir-fry, but isn't actually a stir-fry. Whatever it is, it's definitely tasty! While I cooked the vegetables until fork-tender so that none of my delicate flower insides could take issue with it, you normal types with fully-functional digestive systems might prefer to leave your vegetables a bit on the crunchy side. Lucky so-and-so's that you are.
Five-Spice Beef & VegetablesYield: 4
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 3 Tbsp coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- ½ container Trader Joe's Healthy 8 vegetable blend
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
- Add ground beef and cook until beef is no longer pink. (Feel free to drain any fat from the pan at this point).
- Add 5-spice powder, black pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce, and Healthy 8. Cook, stirring regularly, until vegetables are to your liking. Adjust seasonings, if necessary, and serve.
If you're not using lean beef, you may need to drain the fat from the pan before adding the seasonings and Healthy 8. The grass-fed beef I've been buying from Trader Joe's is lean enough that it doesn't leave much fat behind and so I haven't been draining it after browning.