Thursday, May 26, 2011

Asian Beef Stir Fry

I'd like to apologize to everyone for taking such a long break from blogging.  So much is going on the home front that I decided to take some time off to re-energize.  Over this break I have been testing out some new healthy and budget friendly recipes.  Eating healthy is all about making smart choices, portion control and getting outside for a little exercise.  While it would be nice to have grilled shrimp and salmon every night that's just not affordable for everyone's budget.

For this recipe I'm using 1/2 lb of ground sirloin or 90/10.  Then I used veggies I had on hand like celery, carrots and onions.  I decided to only make two servings for this meal because I wanted to be sure I didn't go back for seconds.

Asian Beef Stir Fry

1/2 lb. of 90/10 ground/minced meat
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery ribs, washed, and sliced on the diagonal
1 small bell pepper
1 small white onion
1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 
1/2 cup water
1-2 tablespoon garlic chili paste (add more or less depending on how hot you like your food)
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon of salt

In a large non-stick saute pan add ground beef and cook for 2-3 minutes, then toss in the carrots and 1/4 cup water.  Cook until the beef is no longer pink and the carrots have softened.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine rice, 1 1/2 cups water, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and cook for 8-12 minutes in the microwave.

Wipe out the pan with some paper towel.  Heat the pan on high heat for a minute then add the oil.  (The next part goes by quick so have all your ingredients handy). 

Add garlic and ginger stir for one minute, then toss in celery and onions.  Cook for two minutes.  Then add in chili garlic paste, soy sauce and hoisin sauce.

Toss ingredients to combine. Reduce heat to medium, then add the ground beef mixture, bell pepper and water.  Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.  

Taste the mixture to see if you need to add in additional soy sauce or chili garlic paste.  I added some coarse ground black pepper at the end for some additional punch.

On a plate add 1/2 cup of rice and top with the stir fry mixture.  ENJOY!!