They say the more time between grocery shopping trips, the less money spent on groceries. Sounds good to me! It's about that time again, so I thought it might be fun to start sharing with you the meals I create with leftover ingredients. To start, I peeked into my fridge and pantry and here's what I found:
- 4 peppers I had meant to eat earlier in the week for a snack. Better use 'em up before they turn to mush!
- a variety of possible sauce ingredients
- brown rice
- beef broth
Looks like stir fry is on the menu! I grabbed a couple of beef steaks to add to the mix, and got cracking. Here's how I threw together this easy meal.
I N G R E D I E N T S:
1 lb of beef (you could substitute broccoli and/or tofu)
2 red peppers
2 yellow or green pepeprs
2 C rice
4 C water
1/2 C beef broth (or any broth)
2/3 C soy sauce
1/4 C water
2 T sesame oil
2 T red wine vinegar
3 T sugar
1 t crushed red pepper
4 cloves (minced) garlic
2 T flour
D I R E C T I O N S :
Prep: Begin cooking your rice (using 2 C rice and 4 C water). Combine all sauce ingredients (except for garlic and flour) into a bowl and set aside. Chop meat and vegetables into small pieces and mince garlic. Make a roux (or thickening agent) by combining 2 T flour and about 3 T water.
Create: Saute meat in an oiled wok (or large frying pan) on high heat. After meat has browned, reduce heat to low and add minced garlic, stirring for about 30 seconds. Now add the sauce and bring to a simmer while in another frying pan, fry the vegetables in oil on medium/high heat for about five minutes or until tender crisp. Now add the roux to the meat and sauce, stirring until thickened. Add the sauted peppers to the mix, and serve over a generous portion of rice.
Voila! A very yummy, unplanned meal to round out the week before another trip to the store. I'm a happy girl, and my belly is full.