Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer weather! It’s been great to be able to swim, go for walks outside, grill, and just generally forget that snow exists. However, I’ve been a little lax with making new recipes because it’s hot and I don’t always feel like cooking. So I’ve been defrosting a lot of meals or making quick kebabs on the grill. I made this recipe a little while back and want to share it! It was from the Skinnytaste Cookbook and, like all the other recipes in there, it was delicious! I added some stir fry veggies, served it over rice, and it was so yummy – tasted like take-out!

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Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

Adapted from: Skinnytaste Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3/4 lb. stew beef, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, diced
  • 1 tbsp cashews, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry veggies (about 5 cups)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked

Directions:

1.) In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, 1 tbsp soy sauce, the rice wine, and 1 tsp sesame oil. Add the beef, coat with marinade, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. While that is marinating, dice the ginger and chop the cashews. Steam the frozen (or fresh if desired) veggies.

2.) Once beef is done marinating, heat a large skillet over high heat and add 3 tsp sesame oil and the beef with marinade. Cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

3.) In the same skillet, heat the last 2 tsp of sesame oil and add garlic, ginger, and cashews. Cook about 30 seconds, then add the veggies, brown sugar, and remaining soy sauce for about 1 minute. Then add the beef and stir to mix well. Serve 1/4 of the beef mixture over 1/2 cup brown rice.

Nutrition Info (Per serving, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 400
Fat 12 g (3 g saturated)
Fiber 6 g
Carbs 45 g
Sodium 913 mg
Protein 27 g

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Running My First 5K and Conquering My Fear of Grilling…

I have been so busy recently that I have been neglecting blogging and it makes me sad. But I wanted to do a quick catch-up of my life lately! I’ve been settling into my new apartment quite well; I love having my own space and a nice big kitchen of my own! I had a friend over on Sunday and we fired up my grill for the first time. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous to use this grill for the first time. It was left by the previous tenant, and while it looks pretty new, I had this fear that I would turn the gas on and light it and it would explode. I have lots of irrational fears like this. But I decided that I just needed to try it and it would all be fine. I told my friend I wanted to grill us some lunch, so we made some chicken and veggie skewers…so yummy. I brushed the chicken with pesto and it was delicious. Oh and the grill didn’t explode (of course it didn’t). Now I can’t wait to start grilling all sorts of things!

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I also ran my first 5K race on Saturday! It was the Narragansett Summer Running Festival, which was held at Stonehill. I signed up for it awhile ago because I wanted to challenge myself – I’ve never run a full 5K before, just a mud run (which is basically half running, half climbing and getting dirty). I generally despise running, but I wanted to push myself and I figured running around my alma mater would be a nice distraction from the actual running! Going into the race, I had only run about 2.5 miles outside, so I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to run the whole 3.2 miles. However, I found it to be a lot easier than I thought, and the pretty campus and a great playlist of tunes certainly helped. I ran it in about 36 minutes, so my timing was pretty good! I won’t say I love running now, but perhaps I could be swayed into running another 5K. I enjoyed the rest of the weekend staying on campus and pretending to be a college kid again!

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One of my best friends is getting married this weekend, so I have a busy week ahead of me, but I know it will be a blast! 🙂