So last time I talked to you guys about my go to side dish that gets my family to eat more vegetables. Well this week we’re continuing the theme and bringing you another way to get your family to eat more vegetables, but this time it’s a whole meal! I swear I make more than just vegetable dishes. I do love veggies though, so a lot of my favorite dishes are based around them.
This is an incredible dish because of how versatile it is. I don’t think I have another thing I make that is so customizable. I have made this meal with Ramen instead of rice. I’ve tried so many different sauces with it. I’ve cooked this with chicken, steak, and I haven’t done it before but I bet it’d be great with just vegetables too. The possibilities are really endless, but today I’m just going to share my family’s favorite way to eat stir fry. I hope you enjoy!
I need to give you a warning before we get into it, this meal makes a ton of food. I like leftovers, but I know a lot of people who don’t. If you are one of those people you many need to cut the recipe in half.
To get started you will need a couple bags of stir fry veggies. You can find them in the frozen foods section at your local grocery store. I got the ones I’m using today from Target but I really prefer getting them from Walmart because they offer several different mixtures of stir fry vegetables to pick from. When it comes to rice, we prefer brown rice though any plain rice you have will work great.
I have tried so many different teriyaki sauces in this meal and I would have to say that Sweet Baby Ray’s is my favorite. As the name would suggest it is sweeter than the normal teriyaki sauce and the flavors are a lot bolder in my opinion. Just a side note, this sauce does have more calories than other sauces I’ve used so if you’re someone who counts calories I’d keep that in mind while picking out your sauce. There are a lot of other great options that are low cal. Lastly, you will need about a pound or less of some kind of steak. I just use whatever steak is on sale that week, so it doesn’t matter too much what you use.This week I’m going to be using cubed steak.
Step 1: Cut steak into one inch cubes. Unfortunately the name of the steak I bought is misleading so I still had to chop it up.
Step 2: At this point you are going to want to start your rice. Please follow the directions on the container of rice you have. For me I always try to make things as easy as possible, so that means I buy the instant rice package, but like I said, follow the directions your package.
Step 3: Put steak and both bags of veggies into the pan. Jordan bought me a giant non stick wok for Christmas so I don’t have to spray the pan, but if you don’t have a non stick pan, you are gonna want to spray that sucker down. Also, if you don’t have a wok you may need to cut the recipe in half if you want it to be able to fit in one pan comfortably. I’ll be honest, I made this recipe for a year or so using a normal pan, and it works, but you may lose a veggies here or there. The cooking will also take a bit longer if you are using a regular pan.
Step 4: Stir constantly until vegetables and meat are fully cooked through. Jordan and I both like medium-rare steak so I generally go by whether the vegetables are done or not. I know a lot of people can’t handle red/pink steak though, so you may need to give your steak a minute of extra cook time before you add in the vegetables.
Step 5: Drain excess fat at the bottom of the pan and add teriyaki sauce to taste. I personally use about a fourth of a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce but you do you. Mom hack: I usually scoop out Juniper’s serving before I add the sauce. I know as kids get older I won’t be able to get away with it, but while she doesn’t know any better, that’s what I’m going to do.
Now you’re done, all you have to do is serve it and enjoy! I hope your family adores this meal as much as mine does. It is a super fast meal to make when you’re on the go or if you just don’t feel like slaving in the kitchen today.
I hope that through my words, you receive encouragement and that you discover you are not alone in this mess we call adulthood. I’m rooting for you.
Sweet ‘N Savory Fry
- 1 lb or less of steak
- 2-4 cups of rice
- 2 bags of stir fry vegetable mix
- 1/4 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s teriyaki sauce
- Cut steak into one inch cubes.
- Cook rice per directions of its packaging while simultaneously starting stir fry.
- Combine steak and vegetables into pan.
- Stir Constantly until cooked all the way through.
- Drain excess fat and add teriyaki sauce to taste
- Serve and enjoy!
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