Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Asian Beef Stir Fry

This week will feature some meal ideas that are stir fried and easy to put together-especially if you buy pre-cut vegetables in the produce meant for stir fried meals or use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.
Be creative serving the meat dish over you favorite noodles rather than rice.

Sesame Beef Stir-Fry

Ingredients:
  • 1 LB. thinly sliced flank steak or boneless sirloin steak
  • 1 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8 green onion cut into 1inch pieces
  • 2 TB. sesame seeds
  • Option 1: buy a bag of cut veggies to stir fry in wok found in produce   
  • Option 2: use the following vegetables
3 medium carrots-thinly bias sliced
8 oz. pea pods
4 cup of broccoli
4 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup cream sherry
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 TB. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ tsp. chili paste
  • ¾ tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
  • 3 TB. cooking oil or use sesame oil for more flavor
  • ½ cup water mixed with 2 TB. cornstarch
 Directions:
  • Partially freeze beef and then thinly bias slice across the grain
  • In a bowl combine soy sauce, sherry, hoisin sauce, sugar, chili paste, ¾ tsp. sesame oil, and ginger
  • Add beef and sesame seeds to this mixture to coat beef
  • Cover and chill 2 hrs. Stir once or twice
  • Stir water and cornstarch
  • Drain beef reserving marinade
  • Add 2 TB. oil to wok and stir fry carrots, pea pods, broccoli flowerets, onions, garlic
  • Remove the veggies from wok, add beef and other TB. of oil stir fry beef about 3 minutes till strips cooked
  • To meat mixture add cornstarch/water mixture, veggies, bagged spinach and marinade cook on med low till thickened about  2 minutes
  • Serve over rice or noddles
  • Could add cashews
An Added Book Note: The book on Gratitude (previous blog posting) reminds me of another book I read called How Starbucks Saved My Life. Both of these books are inspiring stories of men who were well educated, had a lot of success in the corporate world, then lost it all through a series of bad luck but managed to turn their life around and become successful again. Along the way each of these men realized  how important writing really was to them and the need to tell their stories.



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