Stir fry is one of those easy dinners all home cooks should have in their arsenal. It’s also universally a dish just about everyone under the sun enjoys! My kids love stir fry, it makes them feel like they are getting to have take-out Chinese food (which happens just about once in a blue moon for them).
Did you ever watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? Back in 2010, he came to the US to a town in West Virginia, statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the country. He created a shop in the main drag that was there for anyone who wanted to come in and learn how to cook real food. Anyway, I remember an episode where he had the street blocked off and had a cooking demonstration with numerous folks, teaching them how to make a basic stir fry. I really think stir fry is easy and can be a very healthful meal (especially when cooked in healthy oils) for just about anyone to learn how to make. Stir fry is also fun to make and quick. It’s a great meal to add to your families regular repertoire for sure. I hope you will try my Easy Beef Stir Fry!
- 2 lbs stir fry beef, cut in thin strips
- 1 large head broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 1 medium red onion, quartered and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 red peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 yellow summer squash, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
- ½-1 hot pepper, any kind you like, chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 inch fresh ginger root peeled and minced
- 2 Tablespoons tapioca, arrowroot or non-GMO cornstarch
- 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil for the pan
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Whisk the tapioca with 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl, and then add the beef, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- Mix 2 tablespoons coconut aminos and sesame oil in a large bowl; set the bowl near the stove. Heat a wok, large chef's pan, or skillet over high heat until very hot, about 1 minute.
- Add 3 tablespoons coconut oil, then the ginger, garlic and hot pepper; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the beef and cook, stirring or shaking the skillet occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer the beef with a slotted spoon to the sauce mixture and toss.
- If the pan is dry, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, then add the onion and stir-fry until just soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add the broccoli, peppers and squash; stir-fry 3-4 minutes.
- Return the beef and any juices to the pan and stir to combine.
- Drizzle with sesame oil and coconut aminos to taste, along with more salt or pepper.
- Serve with rice if desired.
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