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Weekday dinner inspiration: A recipe for Sizzling Beef With Ginger and Soy

Mon | Going meatless

Spinach and White Bean Pasta is a satisfyingly quick weeknight meal. While 8 ounces of spaghetti or fettuccine are cooking, saute diced onion and chopped garlic in olive oil. Add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. Stir in 1 bag of baby spinach leaves and a can of drained white beans. Use some of the pasta water to make a sauce. Let spinach wilt, add drained pasta and some grape tomatoes, a handful of grated Parmesan. Heat through (tomatoes will go soft on you) and serve. Bread sticks on the side.

Tues | Stir-fried delight

Sizzling Beef With Ginger and Soy (recipe below) can be made in wok or a large skillet. Serve with rice and make it brown for more nutrition. The recipe calls for pea pods, topped but not tailed, which means remove the end that was connected to the plant. You'll be able to tell.

Wed | Rotisserie chicken

Carve the bird and serve with Broiled Tomatoes and steamed green beans. Make the tomatoes the star of the show by spreading first with Dijon mustard and sprinkling with grated Swiss cheese. Mix dried bread crumbs with capers, any chopped herbs you have on hand and a bit of melted butter. Sprinkle mixture on top of tomatoes and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.

Thurs | Eggs, Opa!-style

Make a Greek Omelet stuffed with feta cheese, chopped green peppers and kalamata olives, and serve with diced, sauteed potatoes. Start with frozen, cubed potatoes and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. For dessert? Greek honey yogurt with sliced Plant City strawberries.

Fri | Pucker up

Lemon and Almond Fish is delish for a Friday during Lent. Select whatever mild fillets you like (and can afford). Mix together slivered almonds, lemon zest, chopped parsley, a couple minced garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Saute in a bit of olive oil, then use it to top sauteed fillets. Serve with wild rice.

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>>EASY

Sizzling Beef With Ginger and Soy

1 cup bean sprouts

1 ½ pounds beef tenderloin, cut into ¼- to ½-inch-thick slices

1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks

8 ounces snow peas, topped but not tailed

2 cups cooked basmati rice, optional

Soy and ginger marinade:

½ cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons grated ginger

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Soak the bean sprouts in cold water for about 10 minutes and drain.

Place all marinade ingredients and ½ cup water in a glass jar with a lid and shake well. Combine the meat and marinade in a nonmetallic dish and leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes (overnight if time permits).

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large nonstick frying pan over high heat. Working in small batches so the meat doesn't stew, shake off the marinade from the beef slices (reserving it), and add the slices to the wok. Sear each side for about 10 seconds, then remove and drain on paper towels.

Wipe out the wok and return it to medium-high heat. Add a little oil and cook the carrots for 2 to 3 minutes, adding a dash of water to prevent sticking, then cover and steam for a minute or two. Add the snow peas and drained bean sprouts, shake vigorously and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small saucepan and simmer gently for a few minutes.

Divide the meat and vegetables among four plates and drizzle the hot marinade over the top. Serve with rice.

Serves 4.

Source: Bold Flavor by Fiona Carns (The Experiment, 2011)

Weekday dinner inspiration: A recipe for Sizzling Beef With Ginger and Soy 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:30am]

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