Fast Asian Vegetable Saute with a Side of Bacon [Paleo + AIP]
I’ve been low on time this past week, and so I started creating 10 minute meals (start to finish) like this one.
Of course, if you have more time or energy, then go for the more complicated dishes, but if you’re looking for some super super fast and easy (and cheap) Paleo meals, then keep reading.
Super Fast Paleo Meals
The basis of most Paleo meals is vegetables, some form of protein (meat, fish, eggs), and some tasty seasoning.
1. For the Meat
You can precook meats in the slow cooker or pressure cooker or oven and store in the fridge or freezer for future use (see this post I wrote to get the entire system of how that works).
Or if you like bacon, precooked bacon takes just 1-minute to heat up in the microwave. You can also buy ready-cooked bacon so you don’t even have to make it. I know there are a lot of concerns about the ingredients in many of the lower quality bacon brands, but my message to you is that if you really don’t have time, then it’s still better than eating junk!
2. For the Vegetables
Then for the vegetables, most supermarkets now have pre-chopped stir-fry packs (frozen or fresh), and you can cook them in under 10 minutes!
Here are the ones I’ve been loving from Costco:
Good seasoning is what makes or breaks the dish. I love tamari or coconut aminos sauce (if AIP), fresh garlic, hot sauce, curry powder, or fresh herbs like cilantro (you can buy one of the potted plants and put it on your window sill). They all add lots of flavor! But if you’re in a hurry or have a very basic kitchen, a bit of salt (or better still, a flavored salt like garlic salt) works too.
How Do You Know What Seasoning To Use Where?
Personally, I notice what’s in food I eat at restaurants – I notice what goes well with what and internalize that so that when I cook, I can envision what I would like it to taste like. So, in that respect, following other people’s recipes can be a blessing for you if you don’t know what seasonings to use.
My other advice is to experiment – sometimes I add something crazy into a dish (like I started adding fruits and curry powder to stir-fries together), and it tastes amazing. Of course, when you see the recipe, you think that can’t possibly work, but it does! So, if you have time, do a bit of experimentation.
- 10 oz of chopped Asian stir-fry package of your choice (or slice up some cabbage and carrots)
- 3 slices of bacon (can be ready cooked - check ingredients for AIP)
- 2 Tablespoons of avocado oil
- 3 Tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
- Tamari sauce or coconut aminos if AIP (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Add the avocado oil to the frying pan and saute the vegetables on medium heat until soft (around 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, cook/reheat the bacon (in the microwave or in a pan).
- Add the cilantro, tamari or coconut aminos sauce, and salt to taste.