My mid week saviors are fast tasty dishes that get eaten without complaints making for a hassle free meal time when we are late home and the kids are absolutely STARVING!!!
We all enjoy stir fries and the kids love the meat even more when it is nice and tender and easy to chew on. If they can’t chew that meat easily well you guessed it, it comes straight back out and on to the plate and that might as well be the end of dinner for them. So when I am coking beef in particular for stir fries and Asian inspired dishes I use a little trick my husband taught me.
Add bicarbonate soda to the marinade. The bicarbonate soda helps to break down the tough chewy bits in the meat and gives you the most tender beef strips you will ever have – even better then your local takeaways.
If you like this dish, you may also like my Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry – it’s always a hit.
800gm – 1kg Piece of Rump Steak, cut into strips
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce (low sodium)
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tbs Curry Powder
1 Tbs Minced Ginger
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1 Tbs Oil
1 Cup Water
3 Cups Steamed vegetables eg. broccoli, carrot, beans etc
Cooked Rice or Noodles
LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
1. Place the peanut butter and honey into a large bowl, place into the microwave for 20 seconds to soften them. Remove from the microwave and mix well.
2. Add the remaining marinade ingredients ensuring the bicarbonate soda is added last. Mix well and then add the beef strips and mix to coat evenly. Cling wrap the bowl and place in the fridge to marinade. I marinated mine for 24 hours but you could do this in the morning so it’s ready for the evening.
3. Heat the oil in a hot large frypan. Add the marinated beef. You want to cook it over a high heat quickly – it should take about 8 minutes. Once cooked, pour in a cup of water and stir through. Pile the beef up to one side of the frypan and bring the sauce to a boil. It will begin to thicken in about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss the beef through the sauce in the frypan.
Serve with steamed vegetables and rice.
Great for leftovers: store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat before eating.