I made our Monday’s just a little bit easier today.
Nothing beats a thirty minute meal. Ok well, I guess like a ten minute meal would, but those are super hard to come by… unless your dinner goes from the freezer to the microwave. If that is the case for you, then you need this meal more than anyone.
I feel like thirty minutes is something everyone can handle. Although, right now I have to say that the thought of dirtying even one skillet, even if it’s only for a 5-minute meal, is kind of mortifying.
I spent all day yesterday having a “sisters day”. The thing is, my sister is six and you guys – the girl wore me out. I was hopping to get in some work, but yeah she made sure that I basically did none of that. I actually tried to cook, but what should have taken me two hours somehow got dragged on all day long and then the sun began to set. How does that always happen???
I was thinking she’d play with one or two of her gazillion toys, maybe watch a show and then we’d make a Halloween gingerbread house I bought (once I saw it online, I had to get it). If you didn’t already know, I am a sucker for all holiday themed goods. I love them.
Anyway, the little girl tired me out. It’s not that we had a crazy active day, but it is more of her constant talking. Oh my gosh, that girl can talk… and then talk some more. The car is the worst though. She made me take her Target to look for Halloween decorations (and yes, I am aware that it is only the 15th of September – the girl seems to have inherited my holiday craze), and then to the grocery store, because surprisingly, Target was just starting to get in their stuff. Our last stop was the park, because she just HAD to push the tire swing… for what seemed like hours… with me on it. That was so not fun, tire swings make me sick.
I am pretty sure she never stopped talking the entire day. I mean, you would think she’d run out of things to say, but nope, she got’s an endless amount of words.
It’s actually kind of amazing.
I finally got her to play with something other than me, and finished the recipe I was working on, but then she was all over me to build the Halloween Gingerbread House. First of all, the two of us should never build another gingerbread house again, second of all I should have remember our Christmas gingerbread house before I bought the Halloween gingerbread house and third of all, it’s a good thing this house is for Halloween because well, it’s pretty scary looking. Our Scary Little Halloween House.
And once we were done, so was the kitchen. YIKES!
In all seriousness though, it was a fun day. I never get to spend time with my favorite little sister, so I was happy that she pulled me away from my day-to-day tasks and got me to hang with her. She’s pretty hard to resist.
So this is a dinner for those days when all you really want to do is call the pizza guy. It dirties up just two pans (and that’s including the pot to boil the noodles), it’s a crowd pleaser and it’s actually pretty healthy too. You can get it done in thirty minutes, maybe less, but I called it thirty minutes because everyone cooks at their own pace. Personally, I am a very slow cook, but maybe you are speedy and can get this done in twenty. Either way, this meal is super easy to make, no fuss and so flavorful.
Plus, look at all those colors! I love when a meal is all colorful like this. It’s those peppers, bell peppers are the best, we love um over here.
The secret to this 30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef recipe is all in the sauce. I used my favorite Korean ingredient Gochujang (korean Chile Paste). I buy mine on Amazon, but I know that Whole Foods carries it as well. I know it is an odd ingredient, but it has become a staple for me. It’s just so good, and a little goes a long way. So do yourself a favor and go get yourself some.
Other than that, this is the simplest thing ever. Just be sure to stir fry the steak at a high heat. It’s the only way to get that delicious caramelization. And trust me, you want that caramelization. So very good.
30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles.
- 1 (8 ounce) box of brown rice noodles (Cellophane Korean Sweet Potato Noodles or any of your favorite noodles can be used)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
- 2 large carrots chopped into matchsticks
- 1 red and orange bell pepper sliced thin
- 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
- 1 pound flank steak steak sliced into bite size strips
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds a mix of white and black
- 1 small bunch fresh cilantro chopped
In a glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, Gochujang, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.
Cook your noodles according to package directions, leaving them with just a little bite.
Make sure to prep all your ingredients prior to cooking.
Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil, once hot add in the carrots, red pepper, orange pepper and mushrooms to the wok (if needed stir fry the veggies in 2 batches). Stir fry the veggies until just tender and bright. Add a few tablespoons of the stir fry sauce and cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce has coated the veggies. Carefully spoon the veggies out of the wok and onto a plate.
Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok, to get the wok hot again. Add the steak and let it get a nice caramelization on one side, then toss and let it caramelize another 2 minutes. Add in a few tablespoons of the sauce and cook until the sauce coats the steak. Add the green onions and sesame seeds. Toss with the steak and cook another minute. Add back the veggies and the cooked noodles. Add the remainder of the stir fry sauce and toss everything together. Cook 2-3 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly and coats the noodles. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
Divide among bowls and serve with more toasted sesame seeds and cilantro if desired.
Noodles for Monday??? Oh yes, let’s have some fun!