An overhead shot of an Indian-inspired beef and cabbage stir-fry with a lime wedge on the side.
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Garbage Stir-Fry With Curried Cabbage

One of my favorite weeknight, budget-friendly, and versatile dishes is a fragrant and zesty Garbage Stir-Fry with ground meat, curry, and cabbage! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: gluten-free, ground beef, keto, low carb, nomnompaleo, paleo, stir-fry, Whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 1 tablespoon  ghee or fat of choice
  • 1 small onion diced
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • 1 pound ground beef pork, lamb, bison, turkey, or whatever meat suits your fancy
  • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced


  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Swirl in the ghee when the pan is hot.
  • Add the onions and a sprinkle of salt. Cook the onions, stirring frequently until they’re soft and translucent.
  • Plop in the ground meat and break it up with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Cook the ground meat, stirring frequently, until it is no longer pink.
  • Sprinkle the curry powder on the beef and onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to incorporate the seasoning.
  • Toss in the cabbage, and cover and cook for 2 to 5 minutes or until the cabbage softens to your desired consistency.
  • Add a spritz of lime juice, and taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Top with the minced cilantro and scallions.



  • Remember: this is just one example of how you can throw together a Garbage Stir-Fry. You could easily substitute your favorite seasoning blend for the curry, or a couple of cups of fresh or frozen vegetables for the cabbage. Don’t be afraid to improvise. Just sample the food as you cook, and stop seasoning when it tastes right.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to four days or up to four months in the freezer!
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Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 3g