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Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry Recipe
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Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

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"I'm a working mom, so I appreciate meals like this one that I can whip up in no time using whatever vegetables I have on hand," says Tere Abel of Muskegon, Michigan. "What's really great is that even my pickiest eater likes it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine,apple juice or water
  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (6 ounces) frozen pea pods, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, undrained
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with light soy sauce and water; calculated without rice) equals 313 calories, 466 mg sodium, 70 mg cholesterol, 21 gm carbohydrate, 31 gm protein, 12 gm fat, 7 gm fiber. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce and wine, apple juice or water until smooth; add beef. Seal bag and turn to coat; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, stir-fry the broccoli, carrots, pea pods and onion in 1 tablespoon oil for 1 minute. Stir in water chestnuts. Cover and simmer for 4 minutes; remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, stir-fry beef in remaining oil until meat reaches desired doneness. Return vegetables to pan; toss. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p19

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with light soy sauce and water; calculated without rice) equals 313 calories, 466 mg sodium, 70 mg cholesterol, 21 gm carbohydrate, 31 gm protein, 12 gm fat, 7 gm fiber. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

Very good but not things you would have on hand. This has to be planned ahead.

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

We thought that this was just okay- other than the salty soy sauce (and I did use light), there wasn't a ton of flavor. The cornstarch mixture thickens almost instantly, making the beef cooking process rather...gloppy. The flavor wasn't terrible, or anything, we just didn't find it really special, either. If I do make this again, I will most certainly use frozen broccoli and carrots instead of fresh to cut down on prep time.

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

Excellent! Just like what you would get from a good Chinese restaurant. Made this with venison round steak and it turned out really well.

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

I just follow the recipe for the sauce and I add frozen vegetables and either chicken or beef

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

Have made this several times. We don't care for the pea pods so I substituted frozen soy beans for them. Think it was tastier and certainly healthier.

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