Keto-friendly Asian stir fry
Do you have a flair for Asian food? If so, then try the recipe for this Asian flax tempeh stir fry with kale salad! I know I love Asian food, but I always make it at home to make it healthier and avoid any potential added MSGs! Do you know what an MSG is? It stands for monosodium glutamate and is added to a lot of different foods to enhance flavor. Even though it may make things tastier, it is terrible! Some of the effects may range from increased blood pressure, weight gain, and asthma attacks4. The good thing is many restaurants are getting away from this, but the only way to know for sure is to cook your food. Besides, there is nothing like a home-cooked meal!
Asian flax tempeh stir fry and kale salad
This Asian flax tempeh stir fry with kale salad was a spur of the moment thing. I looked at all of the ingredients in my fridge and pantry, then- voila! When I made this dish, I had a particular craving for Asian food but didn’t feel like going to the grocery store. Boy, was I glad that I didn’t have to do that! In this recipe, I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce! It is a much healthier version minus the sodium. I know that as a goddess, it has to be vital to you since we all know more sodium equals a higher number on the scale. Yikes!
As you can tell by the title of the recipe, there is no meat in this dish. I replaced it with flax-based tempeh, which is made by LightLife. Yes, it does contain soy, but it is organic and devoid of GMOs. It is a delicious alternative to meat and completely keto-friendly at only two net carbs per serving.
I added the kale salad along with recipe just in case you “still felt hungry.” Any kale or lettuce is a perfect filler and great to incorporate to help you feel full. In my kale salad, I added in my Apple Cider Vinegar Keto dressing, which is low in carbs and completes the dish. Okay, here is the recipe! I hope you enjoy it!
Keto Vegan Tempeh Stir-Fry and Kale Salad
This is a ketorrific, vegan- friendly tempeh stir-fry! Keep your net carbs low with this recipe!
- 2 cups cabbage
- 8 ounces tempeh
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 small onion
- 1/4 cup red pepper
- 12 oz cauliflower rice
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 3 cups kale
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup red pepper
- 1 tbsp keto apple cider vinegar dressing
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 pinch salt
First, gather all of your ingredients.
Next start chopping all the vegetables. Cut the cabbage, cilantro, tempeh, onions, and red pepper (1/4 cup for the stir-fry). For the salad, cut up the kale, 1 avocado, and red pepper (1/4 cup). Prepare the apple cider vinegar dressing ( ingredients found here).
Now add 2 tbsp of sesame oil to the pan and the frozen cauliflower rice( if you made the cauliflower rice by hand, you can also add it to the pan to cook before adding other ingredients).
After the cauliflower rice is cooked, then proceed to add the other vegetables. Add the onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. While the vegetables are cooking, take 1 tbsp avocado oil and a pinch of salt and massage the kale with your fingers until it is tender. Set aside.
After everything has cooked down ( about 20 minutes), then proceed to add the coconut aminos and cashews. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes more! Turn off the heat. Once this is done, then add the avocado and chopped red pepper to the kale salad. Top with the apple cider vinegar dressing. Now you are ready to serve a complete meal!
Nutrition for the Keto vegan tempeh stir fry
Nutrition for the kale salad ( includes the nutrition for the apple cider vinegar keto dressing)
Are you interested in a vegetarian approach to your keto diet?
I must say that reading Dr. Will Cole’s book, called Ketotarian, has inspired me to adopt more of a vegan approach to my keto diet. I used to eat some form of meat every day, such as chicken; however, now I don’t feel that necessity. On the other days, when I am not eating meat, I will eat tempeh or a vegetable with a higher protein, such as spinach. Overall, I feel that it is essential to incorporate meat, especially fish, chicken, and grass-fed beef. This list includes eggs too! They provide us the necessary nutrients that are not found in vegan foods! One of these vitamins happens to be B12, representing one of the most significant deficiencies for types of plant-based diets.1
Why do you need B12 from meat?
Why do you need B12 from meat? Vitamin B12 is considered your DNA protection system; it controls how efficiently you detox, and every single cell of your body depends on this process. True B12 is found only in animal products such as wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, eggs, and dairy products2. A common alternative of plant-based B12 comes from sea vegetables like seaweed and spirulina, as well as soy. However, they don’t contain the true B12 and are not as bioavailable for our usage3.
Be creative with your keto diet.
As you can see, there are several ways to go keto! If you want to get creative and eat mostly vegetables and only eat meat 1-2 times per week, do it! If you absolutely can’t live without your daily meat serving, then that is fine too, make sure you are making good choices. The critical thing to remember is to make your “personalized” keto plan that works for you. As long as you stick to the main rules as far as carbohydrates, then you are right. If you forget about how to do a good keto plan, please consult my other posts, which are the following: Keto Biometrics part 1, Keto Biometrics part 2, Six things you should know about carb cycling on keto and Keto Pantry.
Keto diet is only a small part of the equation to true wellness.
If you are seeking improved health, it is key to remember that the keto diet is only a small part of attaining true wellness. There are many components to the equation! A good place to start is my blog and then you can move from here to lifestyle changes. I hope that you can find true health. You deserve it! Please visit my Start Here page to learn where to begin!
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Cole, Will. Ketotarian: the (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation. Yellow Kite, 201911,2
F.Watanabe et al., ” Vitamin B12-containing Plant Food Sources for Vegetarians,” Nutrients 6, No 5 ( May 2014): 1861-1873, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4042564/#!po=55.88243.