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With as busy as we are, I love things that I can prep ahead of time and then just throw in the pan. This is one of those recipes. I have a prep day once or twice a month and freeze a bunch of dinners. This particular recipe is one of the hubby’s favorite and it is a lean alternative to your typical meat and veggies meal. It also cooks up in 15 minutes, which is a bonus!

Whatcha need:

1 lb flank steak or precut stir fry meat (your choice)

1 tbl Ginger Powder
1 tbl Garlic Powder
2 tbl Cornstarch
¼ to ½ cup Soy Sauce
½ tsp to 1 tbl Red Pepper Flakes (optional – only if you want it a lil spicy)

Cook Day
1 tbl Olive Oil (or whatever you have handy)
1 bag frozen Brocolli Florets (steam in the bag variety)
1 bag Boil in a Bag Rice (we use a brown rice)

Whatcha do:

For the day you prep (or the morning of the day you want to cook it) we need to let the goodness get all soaked in the beef. Slice the flank steak to about ½ inch wide strips – or if it is precut, you can skip this step! Put all the meat into a gallon-size freezer bag. Mix the ginger powder, garlic powder, and cornstarch together and sprinkle over the meat. If you want to add the red pepper flakes for a lil spice, go for it now, personally I like to rub the pepper between my hands to release the natural oils. Squish the meat all around in the bag until you get all the meat covered with the powder. Once covered, add the soy sauce and again squish the meat around in the bag until all the meat is covered.

Squeeze all the air out of the bag and close. If you are making for that day simply put in the fridge and give it at least 4-8 hours to sit and get yummy. If you are freezing, make sure to note the day you prepped it with a sharpie and what it is. Pull it out to defrost the evening before or morning of cook day.
On cook day, start bringing water to a boil for the rice. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and add the oil. Once hot, dump your meat out of the bag into the pan and stir-fry. While this is going, add the rice to the boiling water and put your Steam Bag of veggies into the microwave and cook for half the recommended time on the package (normally about 2 to 2:30 minutes). Once the meat is browned, add in the half-defrosted Broccoli to the pan and let it cook the rest of the way thru. Drain the rice and add a little to each plate. Spoon some meat and broccoli on the rice and you have a complete dinner cooked in about 15 minutes! Serves 3-4 people depending on the size of the portions.

I am linking up to Rhoda's Recipe Party over at Southern Hospitality! Join in the fun!

6 frugal friends said ...

Pat@Back Porch Musings said... @ October 22, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Sounds wonderful!!

Allison Shops said... @ October 22, 2009 at 7:15 AM

My girls love broccoli and stir fry. Will pass this on to them. Thanks for sharing.

Haden News said... @ October 22, 2009 at 7:47 AM

Thanks for this recipe, I will be giving it a try soon! I like fast and easy during the week! Have a great day.

Dame Nuisance said... @ October 22, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Great, easy recipe! I may have to give that a try soon.

Stopping by from SITS to say hello!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said... @ October 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Oh, that sounds good! I love easy dishes & this sounds easy and delish. Thanks for joining the party.

Unknown said... @ October 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM

GREAT!!! recipe. I like your marinade. I will have to add this to my list of must try recipe.

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