Beef Stir Fry: Healthy in a Hurry!

Not everyone reaches for beef when they are making a meal in a hurry, but it can be the perfect part of a quick and nutritious meal! This past Saturday, I was getting ready to go to the airport to work with alpacas in Oregon (more on that one later). I needed to make something tasty that would keep me from getting hungry while traveling, so I didn’t end up buying overpriced airport food. Of course I chose beef for lunch, because it keeps you satiated longer than a carb-based meal. However, since I didn’t have a lot of time, I needed it to be quick to make with little dishes left to wash afterwards.

That’s why I chose to make Beef Stir Fry. It is a quick, delicious meal that is good for you too! And because I enjoyed it so much (as well as Jake) I thought I’d share the recipe.

Ingredients:

-2 round steaks (or any other lean cut of beef)

-1 package frozen stir-fry vegetables

-2 tbsp soy sauce

-1/4 c teriyaki sauce

-2 tbsp ponzu sauce

-1 tsp grated ginger (A little tip- I buy a knob of ginger and whatever I don’t use I peel, wrap in plastic and freeze)

-2 tsp butter

-1 tsp coconut oil

To make this Asian delight, start by slicing the beef into thin strips, about 1/4 inch wide. Make sure to cut against the grain. This allows the beef to be more tender when you eat it.

Sliced beef round steaks

Next preheat a large skillet on medium high heat. Put the butter and coconut oil into this warm skillet and allow it to melt. Once melted, throw the beef into the pan. Stir the beef occasionally while it is frying to sear it on all sides.

Beef in stir fry skillet

When the beef is nearly done, add the frozen vegetables and the rest of the ingredients. You may notice that I have teriyaki, ponzu, and soy sauce listed as ingredients. What this amounts to is any Asian condiments you have available. If you want to use another sauce, like chili garlic or sriracha, feel to go wild and add it.

Stir fry cooking down

Put a lid on your skillet and turn the heat down to medium. Let the stir fry sit for 10 to 12 minutes, while stirring occasionally. This is a perfect time to pour yourself a glass of wine (which really, when is it not a perfect time for a glass of wine?).

After the dozen minutes remove the lid and assess your stir fry. If there is a lot of liquid in the bottom of your pan, turn up the heat and cook the stir fry until the liquid starts to thicken. Once thickened, your meal is finished. You can either enjoy it on its own or serve it over rice. This meal serves four people or 1 1/2 Jacobs.

Finished beef stir fry-Carolyn

 

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