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Gingery Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry

Gingery Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry
Sorry that it has been awhile since I have blogged.  Life keeps getting in the way.  We have had a big birthday for one of the girls and some family visiting.  I will be posting the recipe and instructions for Emma’s “pizza” birthday cake in the near future, but today, you get a recipe for a ground beef and green bean stir fry.

My girls love the haricot vert (fancy French green beans) that you can get fresh in the produce section.  Normally, I just steam them or roast them in the oven, but last night I decided to make something Asian with them.  The local Natural Grocers has their grass-feed ground beef on sale, so it was to be ground beef and green beans.

Gingery Beef and Green Bean Stir Fry

  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 4 Tbsp real soy sauce or tamari (not LaChoy)
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 gloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 small can sliced bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed (the girls call it Panda Food)
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients. That means everything except the green beans, the ground beef and the bamboo shoots. Set aside.
  2. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for several minutes-the beans should be tender-crisp. Drain and “shock” with cold water.
  3. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the sauce mixture to the meat. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend and the sauce to thicken.
  4. Mix in the green beans and bamboo shoots, heat through and serve over cooked brown rice or whole wheat noodles.

Note: This recipe is not very spicy at all, so Mike and I added Sriracha chili sauce to ours at the table to give it more of a kick.  But, if you are not serving any kids, then feel free to use more red pepper flakes in the dish.

Sorry the picture is not so great, I forgot to take one until after we had already dug into it.  🙂  The kids all liked it a lot!

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