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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chinese Style Beef and Mushrooms

This isn't exactly like the stuff you get delivered in the cute little folded up white boxes, but it works for an emergency craving. Serves 2.

2 Tbsp oil
1/2lb steak, cut into bite size strips
1/2 a green bell pepper
1/2 an onion
1 garlic clove
1 6.5oz can mushrooms
1 cup beef broth
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp water mixed with 1 Tbsp flour*

*I know, it's a sin not to use cornstarch! The thing is, I'm fresh out. ;)

Mince the garlic and cut the pepper and onion into small pieces. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the beef, peppers, onions, and garlic; cook until beef is cooked and onions are translucent. Add broth, soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and mushrooms. Let this simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. Add flour/water paste slowly and stir it into the broth. Let this simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
The rice pictured is just plain brown rice. I already had 2 burners going on the stove, so I did the broccoli in the microwave: Place in a microwave-safe bowl or mug, add 2-3 Tbsp water and top with plastic wrap. Poke a hole in the plastic wrap and microwave for 3-5 minutes. Steamed broccoli!