Quickie Beef and Asian Veggie Stir-Fry
What's better than a flavorful, simple meal that is ready in 15 minutes? Not much, if you ask me...
- 16 oz. frozen mixed oriental vegetables
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 lb. lean beef stew meat cut into ¾ – 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
- 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. black bean or hoisin sauce
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes or chili garlic paste optional
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- Remove the mixed vegetables from the freezer and set them aside (and start the rice, if you are serving it.)
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat and sauté the meat for about 5 minutes, flipping frequently, until the outsides are all lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
- Add the sauce and the vegetables to the skillet with the beef and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are heated through and tender, about 5 minutes.
- Remove it from the heat and serve it immediately or refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
Slow Cooker Directions
- Omit the oil. Sauté the meat, if desired (but it’s not necessary). Add all the sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and whisk to combine.
- Stir in the meat and vegetables and cook on low for 5 - 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 - 3 hours until the meat is cooked through. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)
Do Ahead or Delegate: Cut the beef and refrigerate, combine the ingredients for the sauce, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish. Scramble Flavor Booster: For an additional kick, add the crushed red pepper flakes or chili garlic paste to the stir-fry sauce. Tip: You can add a can of bamboo shoots, sliced water chestnuts or pineapple chunks (all drained) to the vegetables if you have any of them on hand. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 240, Total Fat: 8g, 12%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 8%; Cholesterol: 70mg, 23%; Sodium: 740mg, 31%; Total Carbohydrate: 12g, 4%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 12%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 27g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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