Asian beef: A quick dinner recipe for a picky family

April 28 | Guest post by Cindy A.
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Do you need a quick meal you can throw together without measuring spoons? A pinch here and a splash there? Let me introduce you to my family's new favorite meal, a little thing I like to call Asian beef. And it is also great for picky eaters, which my husband and son both are!

Once you have the ingredients stocked in your pantry and a pound of ground beef, it is a breeze to throw this together…

Ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • sesame oil
  • ginger powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • rice vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • Sriracha
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce (I use the lower sodium version)
  • white rice (optional)
  • green onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat up about a teaspoon of sesame oil.
  2. Brown your ground beef. Drain it. I break up the big pieces as I go so it has more of a taco meat consistency.
  3. Add some soy sauce. Remember, we are keeping measuring cups out of the equation! Just add soy sauce evenly over the beef. A splash here, a splash there. You'll be adding more later!
  4. Add your garlic, ginger, and onion. If you would rather use fresh, make sure it is minced. But, honestly, what makes this dish so quick and easy is just using powdered versions from the spice rack. Again, don't measure anything. Instead, taste it as you go. I usually just give a couple good shakes of my spices over the meat. I love ginger and garlic and add quite and bit (almost a tablespoon of ginger!), but your family may not like those flavors as much. If you're not sure, start with a teaspoon of each spice.
  5. I add a splash of Sriracha. You can add more, but my son personally does not like foods that are too spicy. Again, taste as you go!
  6. I add a splash of rice vinegar. Don't add too much — it is hard to take it back! Just a splash should give you the flavor you want.
  7. Add about a tablespoon of brown sugar. It really complements the other flavors and gives the dish some zing.
  8. I always finish off the dish by adding a touch more fresh soy sauce over the beef and just a little bit of sesame oil.
  9. Garnish this dish however YOU like! Green onions are awesome and how I prefer my Asian Beef. Sometimes, I also garnish it with sesame seeds. My son prefers his plain over white rice.

You really can't screw up this dish, and it is perfect for picky eaters. Try it next time you are looking for a quick dish with an Asian flair!

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  1. Add shredded cabbage and carrots while you're sauteing the beef and you'll have one of my family's paleo staples – egg roll in a bowl! It's super filling and oddly comforting.

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  2. Just tried this tonight, so delicious! An instant hit with the family, will definitely be adding it to the rotation. I added broccoli on the side, but cabbage and carrots sound delicious too.

  3. I was just staring at my refrigerator in an exhausted and empty-headed manner when I saw this! Vegetarian here to report that it works with tofu, too. ­čÖé

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  4. Do you think this would work well with some thin slices of steak, like flank or skirt steak? My husband and I aren't big fans of sticky white rice so we would likely serve over some Asian noodles.

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