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August 12, 2008

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Filed under: Beef, Main Dish, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 10:21 am

This recipe reminds me of Orange Beef that I’ve had in a Thai restaurant. I love the orange taste in this dish, as well as the color of the broccoli and the red pepper. This is another meal that my husband try to have after we’ve gone to the gym because it is pretty fast and doesn’t dirty too many dishes. I found this recipe in my standby Everyday Food magazine. Enjoy!

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Source: Everyday Food, Martha Stewart


Serves 4

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, (from 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 1 pound top or bottom round steak, cut into strips, 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 bunch (1 pound) broccoli, florets broken into small pieces (reserve stalks for another use)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, (ribs and seeds removed), cut into strips, 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or liquid-measuring cup, combine orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss beef with cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, combine broccoli with 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high; cook, partially covered, until broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Discard any water in skillet; wipe with paper towel.
  3. In same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high. When pan is very hot, add half the beef; cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to plate with broccoli. Repeat with remaining oil and remaining beef, but leave beef in skillet.
  4. Return reserved beef and broccoli to skillet; add orange-juice mixture and bell pepper. Continue cooking over high heat until sauce thickens, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve over rice.

June 25, 2008

Beef Stir-Fry with Snap Peas

Filed under: Beef, Main Dish, Vegetables — Tags: , , — bettylou79 @ 11:24 pm

This quick and easy meal has become one of our standby meals. We usually make it after we get back from the gym because it is so healthy, really, what is the point of sabotaging your work out with calorie laden food!? The amount of red pepper flakes it calls for goes a long way so if you don’t like heat, use half of what it calls for in the recipe.

Beef Stir-Fry with Snap Peas

source: Everyday Food magazine May 2007


Serves 4

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, thinly sliced crosswise, halved if long
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces snap peas, strings removed
  • 5 to 6 scallions, white and green parts separated, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime)


  1. In a medium saucepan with a lid, bring 2 cups salted water to a boil. Add rice; return to a boil. Stir once, and reduce to a simmer. Cover, and cook until rice is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  2. Ten minutes before rice is done, place steak in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch, and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook half the steak until browned on one side, 1 to 2 minutes (steak will cook further in step 3); transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
  3. Add snap peas, white part of scallions, ginger, red-pepper flakes, and 3/4 cup water to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook until snap peas turn bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Return steak to skillet until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and mix in green part of scallions and lime juice. Serve with rice.

June 13, 2008

Sloppy Joe’s

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 4:50 am

This is a standby recipe that always seems to make it’s way through the rotation at our house during the cold fall and winter months. I know as my mom reads this post she will think of me when I was little and trying to eat my Sloppy Joe. You see, I wanted to eat it like a sandwich or even a Manwich, and pick it up instead of eating it with a fork. Of course holding it like a burger or a sandwich was not going to work, I was quickly in tears! Yup! My mom still brings that up to embarrass me.

Sloppy Joe’s

source: Family recipe


1 lb lean Ground Beef

1 small onion chopped

1/2 green pepper chopped

1 small bottle Ketchup

1 TB Dry Mustard

2 TB Vinegar

4 TB Sugar

1/2 cup water


1. Brown beef in frying pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drain off all fat.

2. In medium sauce pan, heat ketchup, add onion, green pepper, mustard, sugar and vinegar.

3. After pouring the ketchup into the pan, fill bottle half-full with water then pour into pan.

4. Then add hamburger and mix thoroughly.

5. Cover and cook on low heat for 45 minutes, or until the onion and green pepper is done.

Taste as it cooks. You may want to add more vinegar or sugar.

Serve with warm hamburger buns.


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