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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, nomnompaleo, paleo, stir-fry, Whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 1 tablespoon  ghee or fat of choice
  • ½ large onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef pork, lamb, or whatever high-quality meat suits your fancy
  • 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ small head of cabbage thinly sliced
  • Juice from ½ lime


  • Heat the ghee in a large cast iron skillet, and cook the onions until they’re soft and translucent.
  • Add the ground meat to the onions in the skillet.
  • Break it up with a wooden spoon, and stir-fry until the pink’s gone.
  • Sprinkle the curry powder on the contents of the skillet, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to incorporate.
  • Toss in the cabbage, and cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the cabbage softens.
  • Add a spritz of lime juice, and taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Done and done!


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.
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Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g