Friday, January 24, 2014

Stir-fried Beef, Broccoli & Brussels -- "Chinese Take-in" (Low Carb & Wheat-free)

This evening I was in the mood for "Chinese". Hubby and I used to love "Chinese take-out" on Friday night's after a long work week. Tonight, I made the "next best thing"... "Chinese take-in" in my wok. It's a frosty night here in the Atlanta area and currently only 21 degrees outside. It was 11 degrees when I went to work this morning which makes "take-in" all the better tonight, prepared in the comfort of my toasty warm kitchen. I had a package of pre-cut stir-fry beef (beef round steak) and a big bag of fresh broccoli florets that I planned to use to make Beef & Broccoli Stir-fry. But, as I rattled around in the fridge, I found a partial bag of fresh baby brussels sprouts and a red bell pepper and decided to toss them into my stir-fry as well. This is the first time I've added brussels sprouts to one of my Chinese style meals, but figured...why not? I'm always looking for another way to sneak sprouts into a dish and get them on my plate! 

My stir-fry consisted of: 1-1/2 pounds of beef strips, 2 cups of fresh broccoli florets, 1 cup of sliced fresh brussels sprouts, half of a diced red bell pepper, 2 sliced green spring onions and 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic (and 1 wok). I made the sauce using a combination of chicken stock (you can also use beef stock), organic gluten free Tamari sauce (soy sauce without the wheat) and used organic peanut butter as my thickening agent in place of corn starch. I used organic virgin coconut oil, rich in MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) as my stir-fry oil. Hubby ate his on top of steamed organic brown rice and I had mine "as is", topped with a few roasted peanuts. As much as I used to love "take-out"...I'll settle for "take-in" any  night of the week. I know exactly what's in it, and I got to prepare and eat it wearing my p.j.'s and pink fuzzy slippers...and on this chilly Friday night, that is a wonderful thing!  :-)  Here's a link to another similar stir-fry I made if you want an idea of how I prepared it ---> Beef & Veggie Stir-Fry. Enjoy!



Roye said...

This looks really good too. I'm craving beef now :). We eat so much chicken. I'm going to put this on my grocery list.

Thank you,

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks, Roye -- I eat a lot of chicken too, but I really like it! I am trying to include more beef, too, though. I only like to eat fish when I can find good wild caught...but I picked up some canned wild Alaskan salmon today at Costco to add a little variety. Hope you are having a great weekend! :-)

CyberSis said...


Love this "Chinese take-in." Such beautiful colors and flavors ... and no MSG ... and all in the comfort of Home Sweet Home. :-)

We're in the deep freeze, too, with more snow on the way. What a winter, eh? Stay warm!

Roye said...

Yes I like chicken too, it's a good thing! LOL. We do eat fish almost every week but it's really hard to find fresh "unfarmed" salmon. The girl behind the counter said the frozen salmon wasn't farmed so I buy that now. We don't have a Costco close by.

Hope you're having a good weekend too.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis! It was nice having "take-in". I had a bit of an odd meal tonight -- it was clean out the fridge night so we ate odds and ends. I had leftover stir-fry with my "cauli-roni and cheese"...LOL. How is THAT for weird? Oh, I actually finally got around to making "hot chocolate with almond milk". I enjoyed it! Hope you are staying warm, too! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Roye -- The lady at our Costco here told me it would be spring before the fresh wild salmon comes in...I will be waiting! :-)