Quick and simple stir fry vegetables. This colorful medley of carrots, broccoli, cabbage, leek, and ginger is a great side dish to any main entrée. Whip it up in just 20 minutes!

Easy Go-To Stir Fry Vegetables Recipe - simple to prepare, colorful, nutritious #paleo #whole30

I debated for a minute (actually, 10 days) about whether or not I wanted to post this recipe, because it’s so silly-simple; but, then I observed my own obsessive magnetic pull towards it and decided it needed to be shared.

While I definitely post recipes that aren’t necessarily staples in my household for the sake of variety (and – let’s face it – appealing to the masses), I am always so happy to provide dishes that are utterly authentic to my life… recipes that sooth my body and soul.. that I’m confident you will absolutely love too.

Easy Go-To Stir Fry Vegetables Recipe - simple to prepare, colorful, nutritious #paleo #whole30

This to say, one of the leaves I find myself turning over time and again is to share more food that exemplifies my food philosophy. Recipes like this are what I consume nearly daily. This is one of those all-star dishes that is always relevant to me regardless of whether I’m three sheets to the wind eating all the paleo cookies in sight, or being more mindful with my food intake.

SO what goes into this easy AF, amazingly nourishing skillet o’ veg? Color! For this edition, I use carrots, broccoli, cabbage, leek, ginger, and coconut aminos for a tummy-pleasing rock star of a side dish (slash all-out meal if you’re like me and volume eat your veggies).

Easy Go-To Stir Fry Vegetables Recipe - simple to prepare, colorful, nutritious #paleo #whole30

My go-to technique is to cook the vegetables in ghee in my cast iron skillet, but as always, there’s plenty of wriggle room here – you can use coconut oil or your favorite cooking oil and your trusty non-stick skillet.

From start-to-finish, the prepping and cooking of this dish takes me about 20 minutes, and I usually throw it together after a workout for lunch. Lately, I’ve been eating this entire batch (I kid you not…the entire batch) with broiled salmon.

For me, broiled salmon is not only one of the most delicious things I can possibly put in my mouth, but it’s also my go-to source of omega-3 fats, great protein, AND it only takes 10 minutes to broil. I broil the salmon while the vegetables are cooking, which results in an incredibly nutrient-dense well-balanced meal DONE in 20 minutes.

You can pair this dish with any of your favorite meat entrees, or stick it in a bowl with black beans and brown rice for a meatless vegetarian version. I hope you love these veggies as much as I do, and feel free to let me know what you think if you make them!

Easy Go-To Stir Fry Vegetables Recipe - simple to prepare, colorful, nutritious #paleo #whole30

Easy Stir Fry Vegetables Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
A quick and easy recipe for vegetable stir fry perfect for making in big batches to enjoy with every meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large crown broccoli chopped into florets
  • 2 cups red cabbage sliced
  • 1/2 medium-sized leek chopped
  • 1 1-inch nub fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to taste


  • Heat the ghee (or oil) over medium high in a cast iron skillet (or skillet of choice).
  • Add the carrot, broccoli, and cabbage. Stir well and then cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover and add remaining ingredients. Replace cover and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables reach desired doneness.
  • Serve vegetables with your favorite entree.


Serving: 1Serving (of 3) · Calories: 134kcal · Carbohydrates: 21g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 5mg · Sodium: 637mg · Fiber: 5g · Sugar: 11g
Author: Julia
Course: Side Dishes & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, easy healthy recipes, gluten free, gluten free recipes, healthy meals, healthy recipes, paleo recipes, stir fry vegetables, vegetable stir fry
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Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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  1. I’m often hesitant to post the day-in-and-day-out stuff on the blog because I think it’s too boring or whatever, but when I do, I’m surprised that they’re well received! I love a good stir fry because it’s an awesome (and delicious!) way to eat a bunch of veggies and a rainbow at that. I love the kick of red pepper flakes and ginger and I could definitely eat this every day!

  2. SOOOO EASY and quick and soooo good! Will be my new “go to” now, too! Thanks for being g so REAL and down to Earth! YOU ARE AWESOME ??.

    Best always!

  3. A good reminder that one doesn’t have to make complex dishes every night to have delicious food. Thanks for posting!

  4. I always debate about whether or not to post the things I make all the time! haha I hear you!!

    ANYWAY. I could seriously eat that whole skillet by myself. YES to all the veggies!!

  5. I made this today for lunch as an entrée. I thoroughly rinsed a can of black beans and added them to the cooked vegetables and served it over rice. Absolutely delicious!! We are new vegetarians so it was nice to find something this tasty.

  6. Thank you so much for such a delicious, easy recipe!! I love having something like this to go to after a long day of work.

  7. OK I think this is gonna be our new go to. We do it all the time minus the leaks but since our farmers market has had the bomb AF leeks we had to find somewhere for them to mingle before my mouth🤣 We are vegan so will skip the Guy hit the coconut oil and everything else is kosher LOL might throw some seared to fill in for a little protein. Thank you so much for sharing we look forward to it🍴

    1. Ooh, I’m so happy to hear you and your partner enjoy the stir fry!! Thanks so much for swinging back and letting me know!! xoxox