Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushroom, and Carrot Stir Fry



Yum

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

We are having a heat wave here in Southern California.  In a time where we usually have June gloom we are having 100 degree weather for a week straight and no end in site.

The last thing I want to do is spend time heating up the kitchen to get dinner on the table.  Nope...not gonna do it.  So one can never have enough 30 minutes meals on hand for days like this, and because this is way BETTER THAN TAKEOUT there's no need to call out for food!

Today, let's talk about a one skillet meal full of beef and vegetables coated with a spicy sauce.  With one skillet (or wok) you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Can't beat that in this heat!

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

SPICY BEEF, SNOW PEAS, MUSHROOM, AND CARROT STIR FRY


A nice sirloin steak cut into thin strips will give you nice tender beefy bites.  Make sure to cut it across the grain so that it isn't tough when you bite into it.  For the veggies I chose ones that cook quickly and compliment the beefy flavor.  Shredded carrots lend a touch of sweet, while mushrooms (baby bella or white button will both work) lend a earthy meaty flavor.  The snow peas lend crunch and texture and a pop of green to the dish.  Oh, and lets not forget to add in some cashews for a little crunch.  I love them and add them to all my stir frys.

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

The sauce carries the heat with the addition of chili garlic sauce.  You can adjust that up or down depending on if you want it super spicy or leave it out if you don't want the kids to have it.  The sauce is easy to throw together, but make sure to do this first, as stir frys come together quickly and you want it ready to put in a finish the dish off.  

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

So dinner is done in 30 minutes and the kitchen stayed cool.  But, it's still hot outside so I think a mojito is calling me while I sit and watch the sunset!

Enjoy!





Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushroom, and Carrot Stir Fry

serves 4

Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tsp garlic, minced

Stir Fry:
2 Tbls canola oil
3/4 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced against the grain into strips
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 1/2 cups snow peas
8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup cashews, whole
Basic Steamed White Rice


In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, sherry, sugar, cornstarch, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic.  Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil and allow to heat.  Add sirloin and cook about 5-7 minutes until cooked to about medium well.  (cook less for medium doneness).  Remove from the skillet to a pan.  Add carrots, mushrooms, and snow peas to the skillet.  Cook about 5-7 minutes until mushrooms have let out their moisture and the veggies are crisp tender.  Add the cashews and stir to lightly toast.  

Add back the beef, stir the sauce and pour over the beef and veggies.  Mix to coat thoroughly.  Place on a serving platter and serve with hot cooked rice.


30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern




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