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Ginger Beef & Snow Peas over Quinoa

Apr 07, 2013 11:24AM

Beef with Snow Peas

Recipe by Lindzie St. Martin

You may occasionally wonder how to recreate your favorite Asian recipes at home.  Well, if stir-fry has been a mystery, don't fret.  Another way to make sure your flavors come together well, the next time you pull out a wok or large fry pan, be sure to toss in some ginger!

Serves: 4

3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce OR Bragg's liquid amino

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot flour

1 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil

1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root, peeled

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 pound beef round steak, cut into thin strips OR try chicken breast

8 ounces snow peas

1-2 tbsp green onion, sliced thin for garnish

crushed red peppers optional for spice

1 cup quinoa or brown rice, uncooked

2 cups water or low sodium broth


*Prepare quinoa or brown rice as directed.  Rinse well, then place in medium pot with double the liquid (1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water).  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat completely to low; cover and set for 20 minutes.

*In the meantime, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside.  Heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium high heat. Stir-fry ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds, then add the steak or chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until evenly browned. Add the snow peas and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes more. Add the soy sauce mixture, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer until the sauce is thick and smooth. Garnish and serve immediately over quinoa or brown rice.  (Recipe inspired from


Stir-fry can be any combination of vegetables you truly enjoy, and specific ones like snow peas and bean sprouts has special significance.  Choose a meat your family enjoys, or consider a vegetarian version, with or without tofu.  Keep it healthy and accompany it with a whole grain brown rice or quinoa, and go easy on the extra sodium and sugars.  The mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar or rice wine, and even a little spice will give your veggies amazing flavor.  And, if you really want to create a yummy Asian flavor sauce at home, don't forget to add some ginger.