Thursday, January 23, 2014

 Beef Strip Stir Fry

I love cheese. Cheese, butter, chocolate, cookies, chips and their good friend bean dip. All of these things are in the "love" category for me. A different and better for you kind of love comes in the form of steamed broccoli. Stay with me for a second, I haven't gone all crazy on you. Broccoli has a way of catching all things delicious and holding onto it in it's tree like branches. What's the most flavorful thing in any food? It's the sauce catching broccoli! This sauce is one you want to catch and get all of for sure.

This meal is super easy and full of veggies. Not only is it good for you, it has a nice balance of sweet, salty and spicy. Even if it doesn't include any dairy products, I would say this meaty stir fry is quite loveable. 


2 lbs of trimmed strip steak
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 medium heads of broccoli, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 Napa cabbage, chopped
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons pineapple juice concentrate
1/4 cup tablespoons water
1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

 First, slice the beef into strips. Then roll the steak pieces in the flour lightly. If there is too much flour on the meat, it tastes more like chicken fried steak than stir fry.

Heat the oil in a deep skillet while you are coating the meat. Once the oil heats up, brown the meat just until the outside is golden and crusty. Then, place these in a bowl off to the side.

Next, add in the carrots and broccoli. Let these cook for about a minute before adding in the cabbage. Add in a little more oil if the pan seems dry.

Add in the cabbage and continue to cook for about another two to three minutes. Don't worry if these are still super crispy, they will get a second dose of cooking in a little bit. Take the veggies out of the pan and place them with the meat.

At the bottom of the pan there will be some yummy cooked bits from all the deliciousness the vessel has experienced. Add in the minced garlic and let this brown for about 30 seconds. Mix in the soy sauce, water, Sriracha, and pineapple juice concentrate. Let this come to a simmer and then return the meat and veggies to the pan.

Allow this all to cook for about another five minutes. I like the broccoli to still have a bit of "snap" to it. You also want to make sure the meat is still tender and juicy.

Serve this along with some rice and maybe even some toasted sesame seeds for some added fanciness.

Make this tonight, and you will LOVE it!

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