Saturday, December 25, 2010

Spicy Orange Beef

    I love Chinese food and stir fry!  It's a whole meal in one bowl.  Starch, vegetables and a protein all balanced together.  This recipe is a great one for those who like sweet and spicy together.   Feel free to increase or decrease the red pepper flakes to make this dish kid friendly or super spicy! 


2lbs sizzler steak                          7.60
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp steak seasoning                     .10
1/2 onion sliced                             .20
18 oz jar orange marmalade         1.93
1 tsp ground ginger                         .10
1 tsp garlic powder                         .05
1 tsp red pepper flakes                   .05
1 C beef broth                                .25
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce          .10
1 Tbsp corn starch
2 lbs frozen stir fry vegetables         3.66


Slice the steak into thin strips across the grain.  This will make a cheaper cut of meat very tender.  Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large pan on the stove over med-high heat.  Add the strips of steak and steak seasoning.  Cook until no longer pink and remove steak from the pan.  Cool on paper towels over a plate to drain any excess fat or oil from the beef.  Drain the pan and add the sliced onion.  Saute for 3 min or until slightly tender. 

Add the marmalade and red pepper flakes.  Cook for 5 min so the orange rind in the marmalade becomes soft.  This will cook out the bitterness in the rind.   Add the garlic powder, ground ginger, soy sauce, corn starch and beef broth.  Too keep the corn starch from becoming lumps, mix it with a few Tbsp of cold cold water in a separate bowl before adding it to the dish.  Once the mixture becomes thick and bubbly, stir in the beef strips and the two bags of veggies.

Stir to combine and heat through.  Divide into three 2 qt dishes.  One will be for dinner tonight and two will go into the freezer.

I ran out of my nice storage containers so I had to use some reused yogurt containers that I keep on hand.  These work out well if you want to drop some soup off at a friends house.  Then they wont have to wash out and bring back your container. 

When ready to eat, warm the spicy orange beef on the stove until heated through.  Serve over steamed rice.  Yum!  This meal is also great if you are a chicken lover!  Just skip the steak seasoning all together and substitute chicken for the steak and chicken broth for the beef broth.  I made 3 meals at $4.68 each.  That's a great way to stretch a couple of steaks!

I hope you enjoy this one!
Christie aka Keeza