Dinner Tonight

Are you SO sick of making dinner these days? I finally got excited when I went to the store and saw that asparagus is back in season (so are artichokes — my absolute favorite). Not that we haven’t seen asparagus in the store all year, but it’s really in season right now. So I plan to incorporate as much asparagus into my life as my family will allow. Is there such thing as an asparagus cocktail?

This recipe is super simple and one that I use all of the time. It’s great when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but want to make something healthy that your family will actually eat. Choose a flank or a flap steak and cut thin strips on the bias. I’m using red peppers and asparagus — but feel free to be creative and put in lots of different kinds of vegetables. The key is to not over cook.

Flank Steak Stirfry with Asparagus and Red Pepper

Ingredients

* 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
* 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths (about 1 1/2 cups)
* 1 lb of flank steak, sliced in half lengthwise (along the grain) and then cut into thin strips, 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide (put the steak in the freezer for 15 minutes before slicing to make it easier to slice)
* 1 red bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and cut into thin strips 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide
* 2 teaspoons of cornstarch dissolved into 3 Tablespoons of water (if you have a little jar with a lid, put this combo into the jar and shake really hard)

All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce

* 3 Tbsp soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version)
* 1 tsp finely chopped, peeled, fresh ginger
* 1 small clove garlic, minced
* 1 green onion, including green tops, chopped
* 1/2 tsp chili oil

Feel free to add more ginger or chili oil to taste — I also add red pepper flakes

Method

* parboil asparagus pieces for about 2 minutes — then rinse in cold water and set aside
* make your rice — I always use an electric rice cooker. Saves time and the rice is always perfect.
* stir-fry asparagus for about 2 minutes until browned — then set aside
* stir-fry beef until browned — but still a little pink on the inside (about 2-3 minutes) Don’t overdo it!
* add red pepper and toss around with beef for about 2 more minutes
* toss in cornstarch mixture and stir fry sauce: stir and let thicken. Add asparagus and toss to coat.
* Serve immediately with brown rice.

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