Kielbasa Stir-Fry (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Smoky kielbasa in an easy one-pan stir-fry with plenty of sweet red bell peppers and earthy kale is a super delicious and quick weeknight meal! I love to serve this hearty and tasty meal with a generous side of cauliflower rice and a bit of spicy mustard!
Busy family’s often need healthy and quick meals and this simple Paleo kielbasa stir-fry checks all the boxes. I love to make this recipe with a delicious grass-fed beef kielbasa, but feel free to choose your favorite Paleo/Whole30 compliant sausage, just make sure there aren’t any refined sugars or syrups.
Why Choose a Paleo/Whole30 Compliant Kielbasa?
There are several reason why people choose to incorporate Paleo/Whole30 compliant foods into their way of eating, but I am mostly going to focus on sugar.
The sugars that are naturally found in foods like fruits and vegetables are not problematic when eaten in a balanced and whole food approach. The sugars that are found in ultra processed foods such as cookies, cereals, soups, cakes, sodas, condiments, frozen foods (breakfast sandwiches, pizza, etc.), and more can result in an overconsumption of sugar, which may lead to chronic symptoms and disease.
The standard American diet is full of processed foods that are comprised of ultra refined ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt, and oils. On average, a typical American consumes around 17 teaspoons  of refined sugars, which adds up to about 57 pounds a year of excess sugar. Making choices to eat foods that are Paleo/Whole30 compliant reduces the amount of inflammatory refined sugars in your diet.
Some hidden names of Refined Sugar:
- barley malt
- beet sugar
- brown sugar
- cane juice
- carob syrup
- concentrated fruit juice
- corn syrup
- corn syrup solids
- high-fructose corn syrup
- invert sugar
- malt syrup
- rice syrup
Consuming foods that contain ultra refined sugars can be enjoyed when in balance with a whole food way of eating, and when not consumed in excess. A diet full of refined sugars and processed foods can lead to blood sugar dysregulation, hormonal imbalances, sleep disruption, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, weight gain, acne, and potential diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, and fatty liver disease.
Everyday you get to choose how you fuel your body with each meal, so choose wisely!
Kielbasa Stir-Fry Ingredients
1 lb No Sugar Added Kielbasa Sausage, cut into ¼”-½” slices
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Onion, sliced
½ Bunch of Tuscan Kale, chopped
1-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2-1 tsp Fine Real Salt (opt)
½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper (opt)
Spicy Mustard for Serving (opt)
How to Make Kielbasa Stir-Fry
1. Slice the kielbasa into 1/4′-1/2″ pieces and fry it in a large skillet over medium heat, remove and set aside.
2. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of fat, add the onion and bell pepper and sauté for 5-7 minutes until softened.
3. Add the garlic, black pepper, crushed red pepper, salt and kale, cook for 1-2 minutes more.
4. Stir in the kielbasa and serve!
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Q: Can I use curly kale if I can’t find Tuscan kale for the kielbasa stir fry?
A: Yes! Use what your heart desires! You could try Swiss chard, broccoli florets, dandelion greens, beet greens, mustard greens and more!
Q: Is my kielbasa still Paleo/Whole30 compliant if it has a sweetener in it?
A: If it has anything other than pure honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, or coconut sugar, then it is not Paleo/Whole30 compliant.
Q: What starches do you recommend serving with Paleo kielbasa stir fry?
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