Welcome to Cooking with Chef Jeff

Hi and welcome to my blog. Here you'll find meal ideas that are made from primarily whole natural foods. I try not to use any sugar or sweetener in any of the recipes. At the bottom of the page, you can see a list of the cookbooks that I use. I do vary some from the cookbooks, usually not a whole lot. Feel free to read along and even post some ideas/comments to help me to improve in the kitchen.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ground Beef Stir-Fry

Here's a very simple stir fry when you don't have a lot of ingredients on hand. It also works when you don't have the exact right ingredients. We only had chopped broccoli instead of nice big pieces of cut broccoli, but it still worked ok. The walnuts gave it a great crunch, kind of like water chestnuts without the sugar in them.

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
2 tbsp soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
3 tbsp dry sherry
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 cups frozen crosscut green beans or frozen broccoli cuts, thawed
1 medium onion, sliced
1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
Peanut oil for stir-frying

1. Get all ingredients ready and measured out. This is important in a stir-fry as it is a quick meal to make and it can get ahead of you.
2. Mix ground beef, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 1/2 tbsp sherry, garlic, and Chinese Five Spice in a large bowl. Mix like you would for making burgers.
3. Heat 2-3 tbsp peanut oil in wok or large skillet over high heat. Put in the walnuts and let them crisp up, but don't let them burn.
4. Remove walnuts and add ground beef. Break into nice bite-size pieces as it is cooking.
5. Remove beef and drain oil and fat (if you wish).
6. Add more fresh oil and stir-fry the onions, broccoli (or beans), and ginger.
7. When the veggies are done the way you like them, add the beef back in with the rest of the soy sauce and sherry.
8. Finish off the cooking and serve.
9. Sprinkle the walnuts over each dish as it is served and enjoy.

From Dana Carpender 500 LC Recipes Cookbook

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