The Green Grocer: Who else is sick of turkey?



I’m pretty sure I’ve fessed up on this topic before, but I want to come clean again: I don’t really like traditional Thanksgiving food. There are a hundred other dishes I’d rather eat than turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries and green beans. I’m not even that big of a fan of pumpkin pie. Yet year after year I cook these foods.

Truthfully, I do get some joy out of cooking this meal. I cook it in honor of my guests, so even though I’m not a fan of the meal, it makes me happy to prepare it for others. The part that gets me is the leftovers. Even with the fun, creative recipes I’ve found to use up the leftovers, I still get annoyed about having to eat turkey for the next four days.

Imagine my delight, then, when I came to work Monday morning to find a wonderful, delicious, local new product in our store — fresh beef. Mike and Jennifer Rupprecht of Earth-Be-Glad Farm have long provided our community with top quality beef, but we’ve always sold it frozen. Now, for the first time ever, we are carrying it fresh. Instantly I was lifted out of my leftover rut! Burgers, tacos, chili, lasagna! My mind raced with possibilities! I’ve decided upon the following, which I hope excited you as much as it does me. Enjoy!

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
Adapted from

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Serves four


Stir fry sauce
• 2 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon or more sriracha (one teaspoon offers Minnesota-friendly spice. If you like more, add extra!)
• 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Stir fry
• 1/2 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
• 1/2 pound fresh Earth-Be-Glad ground beef
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
• Pinch of salt and pepper
• 1/2 head green cabbage, finely shredded
• 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
• 3 green onions, sliced

Garnishes (Optional)
• 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
• 1 tablespoon sriracha


1. In a small bowl stir together the sauce ingredients. Set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cooking oil, ground beef, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the beef until browned (about five minutes).

3. Add the cabbage and carrots to the skillet and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is slightly wilted. Stir in the prepared sauce and the green onions.

4. Remove from heat and top with optional ingredients if desired.


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