I am sure we all have some sort of healthy goal or resolution for 2013! Don't we usually? As a whole, our family eats very well, but there is always room for improvement. I pretty much cook most nights. It might be left-overs (one of my favorites), but we are not carting in fast food. Luckily places like that are not convenient for a quick run.
I quit buying soda a long time ago. It's no banned, I just don't buy it, and it really hasn't been missed. We drink it on occasion if traveling or dining out. I will buy it if we have party or the kids have friends over. I feel like we do a good job. I do need to exercise more…..
I love trying new healthy recipes and a lot of the time varying one to fit my family's tastes. I've been making my tweaked version of this recipe from Clean Eating for a couple of years now. It is really tasty!
12 ounces of soba noodles
olive oil cooking spray
1-1/2 pounds of beef sirloin or type of steak of your choosing, sliced into strips
1/2 cup of diced onion (I used sweet)
2 cups of broccoli florets, separated into bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, julienne cut
1 green bell pepper, julienne cut
1 yellow bell pepper, julienne cut
3 TBSP soy sauce (sometimes a tad more)
1 TBSP orange zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp honey
2 tsp whole-wheat flour
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
I had never used these noodles before cooking this for my family. It used to be that I could only find them at Whole Foods, but I have now found
them at Publix.
1. Cook the noodles according to directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet on high heat for 1 minute and reduce to medium-high. Mist the pan with cooking spray and saute the steak until almost at desired doneness. About 5 minutes. Remove the steak, but leave juices in the pan.
3. Mist the pan again with spray. Add onion, peppers and salt. Saute until cooked through. I add the broccoli about half way through. We like it slightly crunchy. If you like it softer, just add with the onion and peppers.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, zest, garlic and honey.
5. Add steak back to the veggies in the pan. Pour in the soy mixture. Saute it all together on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Make a space in the center of the pan and add the flour. Whisk it around with the sauce and juices. Now toss all together. If necessary you can add a bit more soy. It will thicken slightly.
6. Add noodles to the pan and toss it all to warm it up together. About 2-3 minutes.
Veggies can be prepped in advance. It makes the cooking part much faster! I also cut up the meat earlier on a separate board. Place in the fridge and you have just made dinner easier!
The original recipe called for the addition of the juice of one orange. The kids did not like the stronger citrus flavor so I started leaving it out. I just add the zest, but it could be omitted as well if you are not crazy about citrus.
I added all the extra peppers because we love them! You could experiment with other veggies as well such as carrots.
I added the salt as there was none. It really needed it and could possibly use a tad more. Just adjust to your liking.
Have the soy sauce on the table for those that want an extra dash!
Thanks bunches for stopping by!! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!!