Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good dinner with a great deal found at Job Lot!

I was perusing through some old magazines and stumbled upon a past issue of Clean Eating. This Skinny stir fry looked good, I had tried it once before and decided it would be on deck for dinner this week.

I started cooking up some steak I cut into thin slices...

I had the recipe on deck in my handy dandy recipe book holder. Is it necessary...not really but it comes in handy. I'm queen of getting crap all over my hands and touching my magazines or recipes and destroying them...so, if anything, it keeps my recipes free of grease spots and stains of who knows what.

And here's my deal of the week. I like Soba Noodles and this recipe calls for them. What are they? They are a thin Japanese noodle make from buckwheat flour. Why do I like them? Sometimes people complain that whole wheat pasta tastes different, or its chewy or gritty. Since soba noodles are so thin, you don't get any of that. They cook super quick. Usually I opt for whole wheat pasta over soba noodles..mostly because at my grocery stores, the Soba Noodles run around $3-4. BUT....insert drumroll....my mom, the older sister and I found them at Job Lot for $1!!!!!

Deal of the week...I normally don't make it a habit of purchasing too much food at Job Lot, but Soba Noodles for a buck..yes please!

So, this recipe is usually a go to recipe when we want something a little different...it's got a great flavor, you can throw whatever veggies you want in it...but I am a sucker for broccoli...I LOVE it...my only warning..go easy on the orange...sometimes I buy a huge honker of a navel orange and it's maybe a bit too much zest..I'd keep it to under a TBSP vs. zesting the whole orange..too much orange can sometimes overwhelm this a bit.

Beef & Broccoli Orange Stir Fry (Clean Eating Magazine, March/April, p.74)

12 0z Soba Noodles
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
1 lb lean round steak, pounded to 1/4 inch thickness and sliced into strips
1/2 white onion diced
2 c fresh broccoli florets, julienne cut
3 tbsp low sodium tamari soy sauce
1/2 red bell pepper, julienne cut
Juice 1 medium orange
1 tbsp orange zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp raw organic honey
2 tsp whole wheat flour
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Heat large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-high, mist pan with cooking spray and saute steak for about 5 minutes or until cooked through (for medium doneness, the steak will be slightly pink in the middle). Remove steak, leaving juices in the pan.

Mist same pan again with cooking spray. Add onion, broccoli, and pepper and saute over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.
In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, orange juice and zest, garlic and honey.
Add steak back to vegetables in pan and pour in soy sauce mixture. Saute steak and vegetables over medium high heat for about 2 minutes, then whisk in flour to thicken, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add noodles to pan and cook until warmed, about 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

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