Take-Out Mongolian Beef

This Mongolian beef stir fry is a delicious weeknight dinner and it’s decently quick to whip up. (minus marinating your steak. but you can really just omit that step if you wanted to.) You’ve got to give this a try!!

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Ingredients: (Serves 4)

Marinade/Sauce:

  • 1 large flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain. As THIN as you can get.
  • 1C China Lily soy sauce
  • 1/3C water or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce (more if you want it spicier.)
  • 2 tbsp Rice wine vinegar (Or a sherry vinegar.)
  • 1/4c Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar (You can omit this and use honey instead.)
  • 1″ ginger, finely grated (or minced. I freeze peeled ginger and grate it as I need. WAY easier.)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced. I would use 5 if they’re smaller.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste. (I suggest tasting the sauce before adding salt. depends on your soy sauce and how salty it already is. This is why I use china lily, it is DELISH and not crazy salty like most soy sauces.)

For the rest:

  • 1.5C dry rice + 3 cups water (Or you can use noodles. whatever makes you happy!)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 small Spanish onion, halved and thinly sliced into strips
  • 1/2 + 1.5 Tbsp corn starch, separated
  • small handful of Cilantro (or flat leaf parsley if you hate cilantro.)

Directions:

  1. In a freezer zip lock bag or bowl, add ALL marinade/sauce ingredients, including your thinly sliced steak. Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  2. Start cooking your rice according to package directions.
  3. Remove sliced steak from the marinade to a piece of paper towel. (KEEP THE MARINADE. we are USING this and not wasting it.) Dry it as much as you can. In a bowl, add 1/2 c cornstarch and add your beef to it. Toss the beef to coat.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with about 1.4c EVOO, vegetable or cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, add your beef. Let it sit and cook and get crispy, then stir it up to crisp up the rest. When you’ve stirred the beef to crisp the other side, add your peppers and onions. Let them cook together for a couple minutes.
  5. Add 1.5 tbsp corn starch to your marinade. Mix it together, and then add it to the skillet with the beef and veggies. Let the sauce come to a boil for a minute or two. Turn the heat down to low-medium and let it thicken up and cook your peppers and onions a little bit more.
  6. Once the peppers and onions are cooked to your liking and your sauce has thickened up a bit, remove the skillet from the heat. Spoon on top of your steaming hot rice or noodles and throw some parsley or cilantro on it. AND EAT UP!!

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

I have slightly changed this recipe from my original recipe. All I have done is added some ginger and panko to make the meatballs that much tastier. Enjoy! this recipe makes roughly 32 meat balls.

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Ingredients:

-1lb ground turkey

-1c cooked quinoa (1/2c dry)

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-2 green onions, thinly sliced

-1″ knob ginger, minced

-1/2-3/4c panko crumbs

-1 large egg

-1tbsp soy sauce

-2 tsp sesame oil

-1 tsp sriracha

-salt + pepper to taste

-sesame seeds for garnish!

For the sauce:

-1/4c soy sauce

-2tbsp rice wine vinegar

-1 tbsp grated ginger

-1 tbsp brown sugar

-1 tsp sesame oil

-1tsp sriracha

-2 tsp cornstarch

Combine all the meatball ingredients, form 32 small-medium meatballs. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400F.

for the sauce, whisk together all the ingredients except the cornstarch in a pot over med-heat. Whisk cornstarch with 1 tbsp water, then add to the sauce pot. Whisk until thickened. Adjust ingredients for the sauce to your taste.


Fresh Shrimp Rolls!

These shrimp summer rolls are a great appie to serve to friends! It’s a no cook meal (besides cooking vermicelli noodles in hot water…) and once you get the rice paper rolling down pat, they can be made in no time!

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Ingredients:

-2c cooked vermicelli noodles

-1 lb cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped

-3 large romaine hearts, shredded

-1 jalapeño, minced

-1/2 of a medium red onion, slivered (thinly sliced.)

-2 carrots, peeled and shredded (use a grater or processor)

-1/2 c green onion, finely sliced

-1/4c fresh chopped cilantro

-1/4c fresh chopped mint

-fresh lime juice + rice paper wrappers

Dipping Sauce:

-1/4c rice wine vinegar        -3/4c soy or fish sauce

-1/4c honey                          -1 large jalapeño minced

-2 garlic cloves, minced       -1 tbsp green onion, thinly sliced

directions:

Chop up your vermicelli noodles. In a large bowl add in all of your ingredients: green onion, mint, cilantro, carrots, red onion, jalapeño, shredded lettuce, shrimp, and noodles, Add in the juice on 1 lime, and 1-2 tbsp of the dipping sauce. Toss all ingredients together.

To make the dipping sauce, simply just mix the vinegar, honey, garlic, soy sauce, jalapeño and green onions in a bowl. Whisk, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

To assemble your rolls, immerse your rice paper in a bowl of warm-hot water for 20-30 seconds. Keep the surface you are working on a little bit wet so the paper does not stick. Spoon the filling mixture into the middle of the rice paper. Fold in both sides over the mixture, then roll into a spring roll. Keep it nice and tight! This was my first time rolling these and i didn’t do too terrible! Continue rolling your rolls until you have enough for dinner, or an appie. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side!