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Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry

November 6, 2015

Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry has gently stir fried harvest autumn vegetables tossed with a light ginger orange sauce and topped with toasted pine nuts. 

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What do you make to eat when it is clean out the refrigerator day? Inspiration for me always comes from the fresh produce and fruits in the crisper.

I was testing my dad's theory on how items, that are harvested together from the garden, go together perfectly. I think he is really on to something. I had sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, red radishes, snow peas and aromatics on the list and was well on my way to creating orange sweet potato stir fry.

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Have you ever tried stir frying red baby radishes?  They turn very sweet and delicious when they hit the heat. I love the sweet tender potatoes together with the crisp the snow peas and the crunch from the toasted pine nuts.  I am keenly aware of textures in recipes and all soft foods or all crunchy foods are just plain boring to me. I like to mix it up and a little and enjoy a little of both in my dishes. How about you?

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The delicately sweet and savoury sauce of simple ginger, garlic, star anise, fresh orange juice, aromatics and coconut oil is all you need to enjoy a quick bowl of comforting orange sweet potato stir fry.

Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry is happily gluten-free, vegan, cardiac friendly and if you swap out the regular potatoes for all sweet potatoes this recipe it is Paleo friendly as well.

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We make our fair share of soups and fried rice on clean out the refrigerator day but this Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry has it all going on as it is slightly sweet, savoury, tongue numbing from the star anise and tart from the little bit of orange zest.

According to Chinese Medicine, ginger, garlic, star anise and pine nuts are warming foods. Oranges and radishes are cooling foods and sweet potato and regular potatoes are neutral foods.  In this orange sweet potato stir fry, you have a nice balance of warming, cooling and neutral foods and this helps keep your body balanced.

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It is this time of the year with the change of seasons and wind that make people most apt to catch the cold and flu, if your body is stressed. If you keep your body balanced, keep the stress level low, sleep well and stay away from snotty little kids you have a better chance of staying healthy this fall. Take care of yourself, a gentle reminder from your friendly nurse!

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Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry

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November 6, 2015

Orange Sweet Potato Stir Fry has gently stir fried harvest autumn vegetables tossed with a light ginger orange sauce and topped with toasted pine nuts. 

  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


coconut oil - 1 tablespoon (or olive oil)

ginger - 1 inch knob grated

garlic - 1-2 cloves minced

star anise - 3 whole (or can use 1/4 teaspoon 5 spiced powder)

sweet potato - 1 large peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes

potato - 1 medium peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes

radishes - 10 radishes trimmed edges and cut in half

salt and pepper - to taste

orange juice - juice of orange (half to cook the potatoes in and save the other half for the end of the cooking process

snow peas - 1/2 cup edges removed and strings removed and chopped to be about the same size as potatoes

orange zest - 1 teaspoon

pine nuts - 1/4 cup toasted


1Heat coconut oil in pan and add ginger, garlic and star anise just until they are aromatic. Add your chopped sweet potatoes, regular potatoes (hold regular potatoes if staying paleo), radishes, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 of the fresh squeezed orange juice. Put a lid on your pan and turn your heat to medium low and allow to steam for about 3-5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

2Remove the lid, add the snow peas and cook until bright green about 1-2 minutes. Add orange zest and about 2 tablespoons (or a little squeeze) of fresh orange juice and toss quickly.  Adjust seasonings as required and add your pine nuts for a one last quick toss and serve immediately. Enjoy!

  • kitchenriffs

    It’s interesting that radishes are thought of as cooling foods. With their somewhat sharp or “spicy” flavor I’d have thought warming. Although the more I think about it, the effect isn’t at all the same as garlic or particularly ginger. So much to learn! But first, need to make this dish — such a nice array of ingredients. Thanks!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello John, I know it sounds kind of odd but daikon radishes and western radishes fall into the cooling category even though they have that spicy bite to them. Sometimes Chinese medicine can be so confusing…Wishing you and your family a super weekend!

  • Dave does not eat radishes but I am going to try frying some the next time I make stir fry for one. We make soup or pasta on clean up day 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Stir frying and roasting radishes makes them taste mild and slightly sweet. Love that so much! Pasta and soup are great ways at the end of the week to clean out the inventory!

  • I just love star anise…especially in cocktails, but this doesn’t look too bad either!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Me too! I love star anise and that tongue numbing sensation.

  • Such a colourful and healthy stir fry. Don’t think I have ever thought to stir fry sweet potato – such a great idea!
    Have a beautiful weekend Bam.
    🙂 Mandy ox

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy! You can stir fry anything your little heart desires but with firmer vegetables you just need to steam with a little bit of liquid in the wok with a lid for just a few minutes until just fork tender…

  • hotlyspiced

    Love the star anise. I do like meals with good texture. What a pretty stir-fry – so many colours. I’m quite sure I’ve never had a sweet potato stir-fry xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      thanks charlie! Do you remember our moms telling us to eat the rainbow as it is good for you, I guess I was aiming for that goal. Give it a try and it is so quick and easy.

  • I’ve never stir-fried radishes or sweet potatoes. It looks great! I love the balance in textures and flavors and the warming/cooling aspects. What a great ‘clean the fridge’ dish! I need to think outside the box more.

    • Bams Kitchen

      It is so funny how we have changed hats. You are baking up a storm and I am giving my wok a work out.. LOL

  • Love stir-frys. And the sound of this dish so intriguing! Orange + sweet potato must be an awesome combo. Star anise sounds great. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Anu! Orange and sweet potato is so delicious together. I never follow a recipe but just look around my crisper and pantry for inspiration and there is always something new to be tried.

  • I’ve been hoarding my pine nuts since they’re so expensive right now! This is a recipe worth using them for. So fresh and delicious! Pinning 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Tell me about it! What is up with the price of pine nuts? You can also exchange with pecans, almonds or even cashews is you wish. I just happened to have just about a handful of pine nuts left to use up. Thanks so much Sandra.

  • This is gorgeous and something that would tickle my tastebuds with every bite. I love how it looks!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad you like this simple dish Maureen. Congratulations on winning the Crazy Sales giveaway. Let me know if you do not either hear from them or receive delivery within the next 2 weeks. Take care

  • This is such a pretty dish and sounds so good! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nancy

  • This is indeed a pretty, colorful veggie side dish with great texture. And it’s super healthy too!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Colorful stir fries are always the best as we always eat with eyes first. Thank you.

  • Mmm! I never thought about star anise with sweet potatoes. I bet that’s fantastic! Great stir fry round-up too. They are great clean out the fridge, weeknight meals!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Star Anise is a really diverse spice that can be used with both sweet and savory dishes. I love the tongue numbing spice of the star anise.

  • That’s such an interesting point about the pairing of soft and crunchy foods, Bam! It totally makes sense that all one texture = boring. What I really love here (apart from all those amazing veggies just for being what they are) is to orange and those toasty pine nuts. Pine nuts add a LOT of interest value to a dish. I’d definitely order this in a restaurant!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Helen for your sweet comment! Do you ever noticed with salads how it is fun to have crispy things and creamy things and nuts just for the change of texture? We are complicated creatures… LOL I feel the same way about stir fries.

  • What a delicious and healthy looking salad!
    Thanks for sharing
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  • mjskit

    What a nice mix of vegetable for a stirfry. One doesn’t see radish used much nor star anise. What an underrated spice. It’s got such a lovely flavor and love seeing how you’ve used it here. Great dish Bobbi!

  • This is a really vibrant dish, never had thought of using sweet potatoes in stir fry, I was grown using sweet potatoes for desserts and stews

  • Such a bright and fresh looking dish! I wouldn’t mind a bowl of this at lunchtime!

  • Very nice, colorful and fragrant stir fry, this is a must share recipe.

  • Love all of it! And so pretty. And I bet so tasty. And I love star anise!

  • This looks absolutely delicious! Loving all your use of star anise recently.. one of my favorite flavors 🙂 Pinned!

  • Star anise is so neglected! I love the colors of this dish Bobbi and I am sure the taste is equally delicious! Spreading some love around!

  • I love the combination of flavours as always, I’m always learning so many new stir-fry dishes from you, yums!

  • I’ve never sauteed red baby radishes – I cannot wait to now that I know they become sweet – Bobbi, this is one delicious stir fry – love the combo of anise and orange

    • Bams Kitchen

      I think is one stir fry that your daughter will love. If you can get diakon radishes they are delicious as well.

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