Everyone had a different idea of what Food Revolution means to them. To me it means making an effort to make healthful meals most nights for my family. Unfortunately there are a few pesky little details that make that difficult….one is that I don’t get home until 5:30 or 6:00 and Evan likes to eat at around 6:15. So speedy meals are a definite plus. I have found that meal planning really helps keep me on track. Otherwise I am driving home (late as always) trying to come up with something to throw together for dinner. Those days are prime “Just order takeout!” days. I love takeout as much as the next person but it isn’t that healthy and it is expensive!
One quick and healthy meal that I love to make is stirfry. The main reason I like it so much is because it is so flexible. You can use it to clean out your veggie drawer or if you plan, you can make it as exotic as you like. This week I decided to have some kind of beef stirfry after seeing last week’s episode of Food Revolution. I flipped through a few recipe books but eventually though “I’ll just wing it!”
Beef Stirfry (amounts are approximate b/c I didn’t really measure)
1 large sirloin steak (around 1 lb)
1 medium onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, cut in large chunks
1 handful snow peas
1 handful bean sprouts
10 or 12 mushrooms, sliced
6 or 7 broccoli “tenders” chopped or 1 small head broccoli cut into small-ish pieces
2 or 3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 or 2 Tbsp fish sauce
Tip – It is easier to cut the steak into thin slices if it is partially frozen. Slice the steak into thin slices across the grain. Season both sides with Montreal Steak Seasoning or salt & pepper.
Add a couple of glugs of oil to a large frying pan or wok and heat over high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the steak to the pan. Cook to the level of doneness you want. I like mine to start to get brown and crisp on the outside. Remove meat to a bowl and keep warm.
Add a bit of additional oil to your pan. Add vegetables to the pan. Cook until the vegetables are tender crisp. Add soy sauce, fish sauce and teriyaki sauce to taste. Add meat back to the pan and mix well.
Serve with rice.
This dish is so flexible and packs quite a veggie punch! Remember, you don’t necessarily have to have a recipe to make an awesome dinner. Just look in your pantry & refrigerator and see what you come up with. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will become and you will find yourself reaching for the take out menu less and less.
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