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Healthy Beef Stir Fry Recipe with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. | ifoodreal.com

Very, very easy and healthy beef stir fry with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. Super easy sauce with honey, soy sauce (Tamari for a gluten free version), garlic, ginger (optional but good) and thickened with organic cornstarch. The end result – tender browned meat with crisp vegetables coated in a delicious Asian sauce. All of this under 30 minutes and healthy.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry Recipe with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. | ifoodreal.com

You are looking at not beef. It’s venison or a deer meat, that my mom supplied us with. I’m pretty sure you could use chicken or pork as well. Game meat has a distinct taste, therefore I always soak it up in water with a bit of vinegar and drain really well afterwards. My mom doesn’t like to cook with game meat but I don’t mind. I have used it for making Thai Turkey Meatballs, Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs and Healthy Turkey Chili. Game meat is perfect for the slow cooker.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry Recipe with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. | ifoodreal.com

I added toasted cashews to make the meal complete with healthy fats. I always toast the nuts in a pan, on a stove top. Never quite understood why the whole oven has to be started for a handful of nuts. Am I missing something?!

Cashews are one of mine and kids’ favourite nuts although they are not cheap. Cashews roasted in peanut oil sold in Costco might be cheaper but the raw kind is not. Let’s not even talk about getting organic. Having said that, I would rather eat some expensive raw cashews than cheap trail mix + spend money on a gym membership and Gaviscon later.

I know, I’m honest. Oh hey, there is also a mouth spray for those who have difficulty talking, swallowing and chewing because of the dry mouth. Just simply amazing how stupid they think we are. I will never stop to be amazed at what they will try to sell us. Me and Alex have good laughs during commercial breaks. Watch closely next time – first they suggest to spray your mouth, then eat cr@p and then take an antacid relief. No wonder, I often get asked where do I get my calcium from if I don’t drink milk or take $3 supplements?!

Healthy Beef Stir Fry Recipe with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. | ifoodreal.com

You will love the simplicity of this healthy beef stir fry. Chopping and slicing took about 5 minutes. It is zucchini season and I absolutely loved incorporating them in the stir fry. You can replace zucchini with broccoli, no problem. I just moved the meat to a side of the wok while stir frying the vegetables.

And about the wok. I finally got a new wok by Green Pan which uses Thermolon healthy ceramic non-stick coating. I absolutely love it! Mind you, my old wok was 12 years old and everything was sticking to it. Honestly, this is a reason why I never posted stir fry recipes – I rarely made them. Good equipment is important. Not necessarily the wooden spoon or gas stove but the pots and pans – I would invest in good ones.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry Recipe with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. | ifoodreal.com

My kids absolutely loved the stir fry! In fact, I have never seen a kid not liking Asian food. I think it’s the fact that vegetables are coated in sweet and salty sauce, makes them way more appealing. You can enjoy the stir fry on its own as it is a complete meal, over brown basmati rice or even quinoa.

Healthy Beef Stir Fry with Cashews

Healthy Beef Stir Fry with Cashews


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (Tamari), low sodium
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 inch ginger, grated (optional but nice)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Stir Fry:
  • 3/4 cup cashews, raw
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 2 lbs beef sirloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 medium bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 large zucchini, cut into quarters
  • 9 oz snow peas
  • 3 large green onions, chopped


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together Sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a wok, toast cashews on low-medium heat until golden brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Return wok to medium - high heat and add 1 tbsp sesame oil. Add beef and cook until brown and crispy, for about 5 - 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Move beef to the side of the wok and add remaining sesame oil, bell peppers, zucchini and snow peas to the centre of the wok. Cook vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir beef and cashews into vegetables, pour the sauce over and cook until vegetables are tender and sauce has thickened, for 3 -5 minutes, stirring frequently. Garnish with green onions and serve hot on its own or over brown rice/quinoa.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 24 hours.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 + 1/3 cup:
Calories: 440.6
Total Fat: 23.6 g
Cholesterol: 97.5 mg
Sodium: 783.1 mg
Total Carbs: 21.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
Protein: 35.8 g
WW Points+: 11

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  1. Cookin Canuck

    Stir-fries are a staple for us because they are so quick and easy (and always flavorful!) I don’t know why I never think to throw in cashews. Your version looks fantastic!

    • Olena

      Thank you, Dara! Now that I have my magic wok, I’m sure I will be making stir fries on a regular basis. I also got an awesome skillet, so those will be a regular in my house too.

    • Olena

      Hi Michelle. Thank you! No I don’t. I adjust the colours in Photoshop just enough to bring the colours to real life. As soon as you take the picture, the food doesn’t look the same, right?! I learnt that certain foods photograph better and natural light plays a huge part in good quality pictures. You are on the right track. Just keep practicing! Your tiramisu looks great!

  2. Allison

    I can’t get enough stir fry in my life! Gorgeous photos and recipe. Love the sugar snap pea addition too -I eat those by the handful. And cashews make everything better! I too buy raw and toast them myself 🙂

  3. Amy

    I just tried this recipe yesterday night, I have to say it was very easy, fast and delicious. I didn’t used to make stir fry due to soy sauce, but now that I’ve found one that at least seems to be good for my body, I’m trying different recipes and is awesome, always with a lot of colour and flavour.

    • Olena

      Great! Non GMO or better organic say sauce is good in reasonable amounts! All real food is good in moderation.

  4. Carmen

    I tried this recipe tonight and loved it. My kids liked it too. I’ve been looking for a great stir fry recipe using fresh, real ingredients. At last, my search is over!

    • Olena

      Glad to hear that, Carmen. I totally understand – so many great stir fry recipes use store bought sauce or sugar laden homemade one. Enjoy!



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