Cooking Corner: Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

For a quick, hot, and savory meal, try this stir-fry recipe. Different vegetables and meats can be substituted to adjust the taste to any palate.

Stir-fry Ingredients:

¼ lb of beef (or prefered protein if any)
4 green onions
2 carrots
1 cup of broccoli
½ onion
1 red pepper
½ cup snow peas
2 cups of sliced bok choy
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
½ cup of teriyaki sauce

To begin making the stir-fry, first cut the meat into small pieces. Cut the broccoli into small florets. Dice the remaining uncut vegetables into similar sized pieces. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until it almost starts smoking. Lower the heat to medium and add the meat. Stir occasionally until the beef is lightly browned. Add pepper and onions and continue stirring. While stirring, gradually add in carrot, broccoli, and red pepper. Then, stir the sauce and black pepper into the pan. After two minutes, add in bok choy and stir for two more minutes. Stir in peas, continue stirring for a few minutes minutes. Remove the stir-fry mixture from heat and serve it over rice.

Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients
Note: This will yield 1 cup of sauce, do not attempt to reduce recipe to just make 1/2 cup.

¼ cup of soy sauce
⅔ cup of water
⅓ teaspoon of freshly ground ginger
¼ teaspoon of ground garlic
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
1 ⅓ tablespoon of cornstarch
¼ cup of cold water, separate from other water.
¼ teaspoon of salt
⅓ teaspoon of black pepper

For the teriyaki sauce, mix all of the ingredients into a saucepan and begin cooking on medium heat. Mix the cornstarch and cold water together in a cup. This is called a slurry. Add the slurry to the saucepan when the water is simmering. Do not add this to a boiling liquid, as this will not allow for the cornstarch to bind. Reduce the heat and stir occasionally, cooking the mixture and allowing it to thicken to a desired thickness. Remove from heat and set aside when done.

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