Today was the official start of my Paleo Challenge. I kicked the day off with a hot yoga class at the new studio near my house. What a way to start the day! Hot yoga is hands-down one of my favorite workouts and is actually the only form of yoga I enjoy. I practiced at a studio in Nashville, but up until recently, the only hot yoga studios in St. Louis were Bikram. I'm not into disgusting, smelly carpet and fluorescent lighting, so for those reasons among others, Bikram isn't really my favorite. This new studio though, Prana Yoga, is brand new, very relaxing, and definitely not stinky. I'm hooked!

Okay, back to food. For my first Paleo dinner, I made a vegetable stir-fry with pork. My whole family ate it and it was a hit! No one missed the rice, and it was very filling. We had some roasted mushrooms on the side, since there was an excess of button mushrooms in the fridge.
Recipe for Paleo Pork Stir-Fry
Adapted from Primal Palate
Makes 6-8 servings.

2 small pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat and sliced into thin strips
1/4 cup chopped almonds (I would use cashews next time)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
4-5 stalks celery, sliced
2 cups broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 head napa cabbage, shredded
1 small can sliced water chestnuts
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
6 tbsp coconut aminos (a Paleo version of soy sauce--I bought it at Whole Foods)
Sesame seeds for garnish

Heat a wok over high heat. Add coconut and sesame oils and swirl to coat. Add pork to pan and cook until meat has browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, celery and broccoli; stir for 1 minute or until vegetables begin to release some of their liquid. Add almonds (or cashews), garlic, ginger, cabbage, and green onions. Toss to combine and then pour in the coconut aminos. Cook for 3 minutes or until cabbage has wilted. Garnish with sesame seeds.


01/12/2012 05:18

Looks yummy. Will try it....

01/22/2012 18:33

Thanks, Jane! Let me know how it turns out!

01/06/2013 11:04

Absolutely loved this recipe but being a chilli freak i had to add a little spice.Top marks will this again and again :)


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