GreenPan Review & Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Hello, friends. I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was fabulously relaxing and refreshing. I love being in New York with Dan!

This week, I also get to play with our first gift off of our wedding registry…


A GreenPan nonstick wok! Because of Dan’s pet birds, we can’t use normal nonstick cookware because at high temperatures, it releases fumes that are toxic to birds. Not to mention the fact that it makes me a bit nervous; how do we know those fumes aren’t toxic to people over time as well?

The GreenPan cookware, however, is specifically designed to contain no toxic chemicals, so we don’t have to worry that using it will harm the birds (or us!). The brand also strives to be more eco-friendly during the production of the pans, and around 50% fewer greenhouse gasses are released when the pans are made…SCORE!

Dan’s mom sent us the wok as an early bridal shower gift so that I could use it while I’m in New York this week. So far I’ve used it three times, and love it. It cooks everything quickly and evenly, and is a breeze to clean. Thank you, Chris, for the gift!!


On Saturday evening, I decided to take the new wok for a spin with a Sweet Potato Stir Fry. I made a more “traditional” stir fry in terms of veggies and sauce, with some shredded sweet potato thrown in. The sauce isn’t heavy or greasy, and is full of delicious flavor. Plus, it took less than 30 minutes, start to finish, to make!

Sweet Potato Stir Fry

2 T. canola oil (sesame oil might be better, but I don’t have any here!)

4 cloves garlic

1 T. fresh ginger

1 sweet potato

6 oz. snow peas

1 medium yellow onion

1 head of broccoli

2 T. soy sauce

2 T. rice vinegar

2 1/2 T. hoisin sauce or Asian BBQ sauce (I used the BBQ sauce this time)

Wash and peel the sweet potato. Shred using a box grater or a spiralizer. Cover the shreds in water and soak for 15 minutes.

While the potato soaks, mince the garlic and ginger, and place in a small bowl. Chop the onion and broccoli, and place in a large bowl with the snow peas. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, and hoisin or BBQ sauce in another small bowl.

Vegetables and Sauce

Drain and pat dry the sweet potato shreds.

Sweet Potatoes and AromaticsSweet Potato Chinese BBQ Stir Fry

Heat the wok over medium-high heat. Once warm, swirl the oil in the bottom of the wok. Add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Keep them moving so they don’t get too brown or (eek!) burnt.

Stir Fry Aromatics
Add the sweet potato, onion, peas, and broccoli. Stir fry until tender, making sure that nothing sits on the bottom of the wok for too long. Again, keep it moving!

Stir Fry Vegetables

Pour on the sauce and cook 1-3 minutes, until the sauce is warmed through and slightly thickened. Serve and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Stir Fry
The vegetable options are endless here. If you don’t have this particular combination on hand, substitute with what you have in your fridge or what is in season!

Knee Update

I went for an easy 6 mile bike ride with Dan on Sunday morning, and felt great. NO IT band pain!! I have a short jog planned for later this week to see how I do with running, but it looks like I won’t need the cortisone shot after all.
I’d like to thank my foam roller, Tiger Tail, ice packs, and yoga for this recovery. 😀

Project Glow Update

Due to all the traveling I’ve been doing, I haven’t been consistently using the St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub (I don’t have the travel size!). At the beginning of Project Glow, I tried using the apricot scrub on my arms and legs, and ended up feeling red and itchy. I thought it was a coincidence, but I used it this weekend on my face, and it ended up red, bumpy and itchy as well! So no more St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub for me!!
I used to use the “sensitive skin” version, which they no longer make, so I don’t know if it is because I’m using the regular scrub now or if they reformulated the product. Whatever it is, I picked up a new scrub yesterday to try, and will review it on the blog once I ensure that I’m not sensitive to this one, too! Bonus though: it is more natural and organic than the St. Ive’s product!

Check back tomorrow for a review of my new all-time favorite cookbook!! I’m loving it, and I think you will too!


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Since I know Mr. How Sweet requires protein with every meal, you can add some meat and stir fry for a few minutes before the veggies!

  1. says

    I totally need a new wok. My old one died from roommates scratching it to death with knives and metal spoons. Sad!

    Delicious looking recipe!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Ha, first thing I told Dan: no knives or other metallic utensils are allowed to scratch this wok!

  2. says

    Yay for no knee pain!!
    I am wondering if I could use the sweet taters and just dice them, and not shred them?? I’ve been getting so bored with my regular sweet potato menu, so this is a good way to spice it up! Thanks for the idea 😀

    Oh, and I too have tried the apricot scrub and had an allergic reaction of some sort! My face got really dry and red/itchy and then it broke out all over the place. No more apricot scrub for me :( Back to my usual stuff

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Probably, but they may not cook through as well. Maybe if you precooked them a bit to soften them up (microwave or oven)?

      I was bummed about the scrub because I used to swear by the sensitive skin version!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I tried both the brand name and Target brand ones, with the same results. Must be some ingredient they have in common. Thanks for the tip, though!

  3. Elizabeth says

    Once, when I went in for a facial, the facialist told me to never use the Apricot Scrub. Since the scrubby parts are not uniform in size/shape they make little scratches on the surface of your skin, and then the little scrubby things get embedded, creating clogged pores and pimples and other fun things. She also said, if you have sensitive and/or dry skin, the best exfoliators are those made with citrus extracts, like pinneapple. The acid from the extracts works like a scrub, but it’s more gentle and a natural way to exfoliate. Just FYI. I’m not sure all that is true, but since you had bad experiences with the Apricot scrub, I thought I’d pass the info along.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      THANK YOU for that info! If the new exfoliator I bought doesn’t work well for me, I’ll have to look for a citrus one!

  4. says

    Birds! What kinds of birds does he have? I have a pet parakeet- I got him in the 5th grade and he’s still alive and kicking! 10 years old. I should get that pan!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      He has two cockatiels, and loves that we can have a nonstick pan that won’t hurt them now! There are also Greenpan skillets, etc at Crate and Barrel

  5. says

    want to hear the very essence of laziness?
    im currently wondering why I have to type my name, email & website everytime i leave a comment on your blog, but it is automatically saved for other blogs (caitlin, jess, etc.) that i comment all the time. ha.

    also. i do not have birds.
    i used to.
    when i was like 10.
    when i was 10 we got two parakeets from a friend of my moms who was tryign to get rid of said parakeets. When we got them i had just been on a girl scout trip to a pumpkin patch/farm and went on a hayride. The hayride was drawn by two horses, who were sisters. Their names were Molly and Polly.

    any guesses to what 10 year old heather named her brand new (used) parakeets??

    anyway. i want one of these pans now, even though i dont have birds.
    this is what blog reading does to me. it makes my wishlist grow BIGGER and my wallet grow SMALLER. we really must do something about this.

    [the randomness of this comment may imply that i am drunk. i am not. i am just random.]

    the end.

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