In addition to my reading goal, I decided to set a goal in regards to cooking. I LOVE to cook. It came as quite a surprise to most of my family, I think, when I took such an interest in cooking. But few things are as gratifying to me as preparing meals for family and watching them enjoy their food, in addition to knowing that my hands used all of the elements God provided to create the nourishment and sustenance they need.
So having said ALL of that, my cooking goal this year is to try a least 1 new recipe each week. I like to experiment and try new things anyway, but it is often admittedly easier to stick with what I know we'll like (especially when you can make that meal without thought). This week's meal was Beef-Broccoli Lo Mein, as found at Cooking Light (the picture below is from their website).
Matt and I both LOVED this recipe, even though I left out the ginger and substituted canola oil for peanut oil. The kids, however, found it to leave a bit too much of a spicy afterbite. I think this could be remedied by either cutting the chili paste with garlic out completely, or by cutting it in half. If you'd like to try it out for yourself, take a peek.
- 4 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups chopped broccoli
- 1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion
- 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed and cut across the grain into long, thin strips
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine pasta and sesame oil, tossing well to coat.
While pasta cooks, heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add broccoli and onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add steak, and sauté 5 minutes or until done. Add pasta mixture, soy sauce, and remaining ingredients; cook 1 minute or until lo mein is thoroughly heated, stirring constantly.
- 327 (26% from fat)
- 9.3g (sat 3g,mono 3.6g,poly 1.6g)