Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kumama's Mongolian Beef

Hello from Kumama's Kitchen,
Meals are a challenge these days. We need to conserve energy, save money, be time efficient, serve healthy meals, and take care of ourselves. The list goes on. One of my favorite Asian meals is Mongolian beef. From the restaurant it can be pricy to feed a family .
The recipe below will easily feed 4-6 using the economical round steak. Only a pound ( you could use less- and fill in with some additional veggies) . Round steak is a leaner thus often tougher cut of meat. It is however tasty, and leaner means healthier. Make sure you trim any fat from the meat. If you find a larger than one pound piece have the butcher cut it in one pound pieces and freeze the other portions for the next time. White rice can be replaced with brown rice to increase the fiber. Since it takes longer to cook brown rice, cook a double batch and freeze leftovers on zip-closure bags for the next time you need cooked rice. There are many types of soy sauce- choose one that meets your nutritional needs. More garlic and ginger can make up for less soy if needed.

Kumama’s Mongolian Beef
1 pound round steak
1 medium onion sliced in strips (not rounds)
4 tablespoons soy sauce (lower sodium)
1 tablespoons white sugar2 tablespoons canola oil
1-2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced finely or crushed
4 green onions sliced on the diagonal in 1 inch pieces include the green
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted lightly (heat slowly in small dry frying pan- keep the pan moving they toast quickly and burn quickly – do not leave the pan) (you can also buy them already toasted)

Cooked rice or cooked Asian noodles
1. Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil, ginger, garlic, and onions in a large Ziploc bag. Set aside.
2. Cut steak into thin strips (It helps to put meat in freezer for about 20 min to firm it up- much easier to slice) and add zip closure bag. Zip and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but may be marinated overnight.
3. Cook in wok or frying pan about 5 minutes or until meat cooked through. Add sesame seeds and cook for additional 1 minute. Serve with cooked rice or Asian noodles
Serves 4-6 generously

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