Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry
by: Taste of Home

”This quick stir-fry is so colorful and tasty,” reports Linda Murray of Allenstown, New Hampshire. TIP: “Vary the recipe by substituting chicken or other vegetables you have on hand,” Linda suggests. “The quickest version uses prepared veggies from our grocery store's salad bar.”

METHOD: Stir-Fry
TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup plum sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin 2-inch strips
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
4 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons salted peanuts, chopped
Hot cooked rice, optional
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Stir in the plum sauce, ginger, soy sauce and pepper flakes; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef in oil until no longer pink; remove and keep warm.
In the same pan, stir-fry the red pepper, broccoli, carrots, onions and garlic until tender. Return beef to the pan. Whisk the plum sauce mixture; stir into skillet. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in peanuts. Serve over rice if desired. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts
One serving:1 cup beef mixture (prepared with reduced-sodium soy sauce and 1 tablespoon oil; calculated without rice)
Calories: 304
Fat:14 g
Saturated Fat:3 g
Cholesterol:64 mg
Sodium:368 mg
Carbohydrate:18 g
Fiber:4 g
Protein:26 g
Diabetic Exchange:3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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