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Emergency Protein (a.k.a. Garbage Stir-Fry) by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo
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Emergency Protein (A.K.A. Garbage Stir Fry)

The whole idea behind emergency protein is that I want to cook some protein and veggies really quickly so it gets in my rumbling belly FAST. Plus, I want to make sure I make a big batch so I have leftovers! This “recipe” makes use of whatever protein and wilting veggies are in the fridge or freezer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, Primal, Whole30
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal


  • 1 pound quick cooking veggies pre-washed baby spinach, leftover sautéed chard, frozen broccoli, shredded carrots, broccoli slaw, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or fat of choice
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions, green onions, or shallots
  • 1 pound ground beef or any ground or thinly sliced meat
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning or coconut aminos
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Chop up your veggies. Melt 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. Toss in the chopped onions and stir fry until tender.
  • Add in your veggies. Start with the veggie that needs the longest to cook (e.g., carrots) along with some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss in your meat along with your seasoning and additional salt and pepper.
  • When your meat is cooked, toss in the pre-washed spinach leaves (if you're including those), and turn off the heat when the spinach is wilted. Serve!
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Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 31g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g