This past week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We started off attending a New Years Celebration at our local amphitheater. The exquisite silk costumes, vibrant decor, and animated performers were such a treat for us to watch. (I posted some pics below.) The sound of the different instruments and the high-pitched voices flowed harmoniously through the air. It reminded me of my father’s heritage and now I wanted to pass it down to my son.
We will be spending the next week doing activities and research in our homeschooling schedule, discovering the beautiful land of China. So the best way to celebrate is with food! I created a beef stir fry that is gluten-free and loaded with delicious veggies and spices! I hope you enjoy our Asian cuisine!
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
1 pound of organic, free-range flank steak, sliced in strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 scallions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of organic beef stock
2 Tbs. of sesame oil (divided)
1 Tbs. of gluten-free tamari
1 Tbs. of Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/2 tsp. of five spice powder*
2 Tbs. of red wine (I used a Cabernet)
2 packages of Shirataki noodles
Cook shirataki noodles as directed. Set aside in a a colander.
Heat a large saute pan on medium high, then 1 Tbs. of sesame oil, then add the minced garlic and then the steak. (I add the garlic at this point since it adds great flavor to the meat.) Sear the steak on both sides. You want to cook it until it is about medium-rare. Add wine and cook to reduce. Remove from pan (scrape the juice and garlic out too!) and let it rest in a large dish in its own marinade. Sprinkle the five spice powder all over the meat and mix well. (This is a spice my father always cooked with. it really adds depth to your dish and compliments the red wine!)
Add the remaining sesame oil to the pan then add the onions. Stir for about 2-3 minutes, then add the broccoli and stir for another 2 minutes. Cover the pan to let the broccoli steam, to help cook it through for about 2-4 minutes. Pierce broccoli with a fork to test for your preference of crispness. Reduce heat to medium.
Mix in steak, scallions, beef stock, tamari, Braggs Liquid Amino, and stir and let sit for about 2 minutes.
Mix in noodles and let sit for a minute to absorb the flavor.
PS…. You can marinade your meat the night before to give it more flavor. Mine had great flavor though without marinating overnight.
I would love to hear about your favorite Chinese dish, and see any pictures of your creations!
Happy Chinese New Year!