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Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry Recipe

Happy Friday! I wanted to share this steak and asparagus stir-fry recipe that I mentioned in my weekly meal plan post. The recipe is from Cooking Light. Instead of coming up with new recipes, I will most frequently review recipes on Brown is the New Pink. I always learn something from the first time that I make a new recipe, so I hope information about my experience with the recipe will help you!

The first step in the recipe involves mixing ingredients for the sauce. I made a few changes with this step based on what I had in the house. I used chicken broth instead of stock, and I left out the ginger because it’s too expensive for me. The sauce still turned out great.

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Whisking the sauce together.

Next, the recipe calls for browning boneless sirloin steak that has been cut into 1/4″ strips. Unfortunately, sirloin steak was not on sale at my grocery store, but I found some less expensive choice beef that was already cut into strips for stir-frying. Convenience for the win! After the beef is browned, which only takes about 1-2 minutes, the next step is stir-frying the veggies.

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Stir-frying the asparagus and bell pepper.

The red bell pepper and asparagus go in first followed by the green onions. The sauce is added next. Finally, the beef goes back in at the end.

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Putting it all together.

If you’re like me and want to make sure you’re cooking everything for the right amount of time, I suggest setting a timer for 10 minutes and watching your time throughout the whole process. For example, if I put the asparagus and bell pepper in the skillet at 10 minutes, I know to add the green onions at 8 minutes and the sauce at 7.5 minutes.

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Sorry for the poor picture quality. It may not look it, but it was delicious!

It’s as easy as that.

Derek and I both LOVED this recipe. It will become a regular on our rotation. Derek even said it is one of the best things I’ve ever cooked. The recipe is easy and super fast. I chopped the vegetables in advance, so the whole recipe took me 15 minutes with about 10 minutes of actual cooking time. I served the stir-fry over jasmine rice that I microwaved while I was cooking. It all came together fast, and it was incredibly flavorful.

Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry Recipe by Cooking Light

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New Favorite Salmon Recipe

I may or may not have set off the smoke alarm making it, but Derek and I agree that the salmon I made tonight is a new favorite.

Before I get to that recipe, here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

  • slice whole wheat toast
  • peanut butter
  • banana

Lunch:

  • raw veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)
  • Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch for dipping (Love this stuff! It’s made with yogurt.)
  • Trader Joe’s Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
  • low-sodium soy sauce mixed with Sriracha for dipping

Trader Joes chicken gyoza

Snacks:

  • pear
  • tortilla chips
  • fresh salsa

Dinner:

  • maple-glazed salmon
  • couscous
  • oven roasted asparagus (tossed in olive oil with salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese)

 

 

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Dinner was quick and easy tonight. I will definitely make this combination when I have a busy week. The entire meal took me about 25 minutes. I cooked the asparagus for 8 minutes on 425 degrees to start. While it was cooking, I put the spice rub on the salmon and started boiling water for the couscous. Then I finished the couscous while the salmon cooked. Aside from the spices, there are few ingredients and everything cooked very fast. It’s a good option when you don’t have a ton of time.


Now for the maple-glazed salmon recipe. I substituted a few things, but I followed this recipe from Cooking Light. Next time, I will probably grill the salmon instead of broiling it. The food was delicious, but I set off the smoke alarm. Fail. It was my first time broiling anything at our new place, and it apparently has a sensitive alarm. Whoops.

Maple-Glazed Salmon from Cooking Light

Ingredients:

  • Spice mix (all teaspoons- 1 paprika, 1/2 chili powder, 1/4 cayenne pepper*, 1/4 cumin, 1/4  sugar*, 1 salt)
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup

*I used cayenne pepper for added spiciness. The recipe calls for brown sugar, but I didn’t have any on-hand so I used a little bit of regular sugar instead.

Instructions: 

1. Pre-heat broiler. (If you’re like me and don’t have a broiler pan, a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet works just as well.)

2. Rub spice mix over the salmon fillet.

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3. Broil fish for ~5 to 6 minutes

4. Brush maple syrup on salmon filets.

5. Broil fish for ~1 more minute.

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Enjoy!

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