Spicy Beef and Bell Pepper Stir Fry Wednesday, Jan 22 2014 

1 tablespoon canola oil
12 ounces flank steak, cut diagonally across the grain into thin slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
4 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add steak to pan; cook 2 minutes, searing on one side. Add bell peppers; cook 2 minutes or until beef loses its pink color, stirring constantly. Remove beef mixture from pan.

Add soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chili garlic sauce to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Add beef mixture and green onions to pan; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Cooking Light, June 2010, page 51

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Sichuan Style Orange Beef with Sugar Snap Peas Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 

2 teaspoons orange zest, grated (plus 1/2 cup juice)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil (toasted)
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 pounds beef flank steak (trimmed, cut into thirds lengthwise, and sliced crosswise into 1/4″ thick pieces)
8 ounces peas, sugar snap (strings removed)
2 scallions, sliced thin

Combine orange zest and juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper flakes in a bowl. Combine beef and 1/3 of the orange juice mixture in a 12″ non-stick skillet. Cook over medium high heat until the liquid has evaporated and the beef has caramelized, about 15 minutes. Transfer the beef to a plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Add the remaining orange juice mixture and the snap peas to the now-empty skillet and cook, covered, over medium heat until the snap peas are bright green, about 2 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the snap peas are tender, about 1 minute. Return the beef to the skillet and toss with the snap peas to combine. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with scallions. Serve.

Cook’s Country, October/November 2013, recipe card

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Skillet Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables Friday, Oct 11 2013 

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 (1 1/2-lb) flank steak, trimmed
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch-thick on bias
8 ounces snow peas, strings removed
1 clove garlic, minced

Whisk teriyaki sauce, water, vinegar, and cornstarch in bowl. Pat steak dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook steak until well browned and meat registers 125°F (for medium-rare), about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to large plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in now-empty skillet until shimmering. Add carrots and snow peas and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer vegetables to platter.

Add teriyaki mixture and any accumulated meat juice to now-empty skillet and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Slice steak thin on bias against grain and transfer to platter with vegetables. Spoon teriyaki sauce over top. Serve.

Serves 4

Cook’s Country #48, Recipe Card, December/January 2012

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Ginger-Marinated Steak and Noodle Salad Friday, Feb 8 2013 

HANDS-ON TIME: 25 MINUTES, TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR, 35 MINUTES (INCLUDES MARINATING), SERVES 4

1/3 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, plus 6 thin slices
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 1/2 cup plus
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
Kosher salt
3/4 pound carrots, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced lengthwise (seeded if desired)
8 ounces rice noodles (often labeled as “pad thai noodles”)
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, grated ginger, red pepper, 3 tablespoons each of the vinegar and brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Pour two-thirds of the dressing into a shallow baking dish, add the steak, and refrigerate, turning once, for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. Set aside the remaining dressing.

In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/2 cup water, the remaining 1/2 cup of vinegar, the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar, the sliced ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the carrots and jalapeno and simmer until the carrots are crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cool, at least 1 hour.

Fifteen minutes before serving, cook the noodles according to the package directions; rinse.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak to the desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve on the noodles with the pickled vegetables, cilantro, and reserved dressing.

REAL SIMPLE, MAY 2011, Page 74

Latin Style Flank Steak with Chipotle Butter Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

For the rub:
2-1/2 Tbs. ground cumin
1 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. ground coriander
1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

For the steak:
1-1/2- to 2-lb. flank steak, trimmed of any excess fat and membrane
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 recipe Chipotle Butter
Make the rubMix all the rub ingredients in a small bowl.

Grill the steak

Half an hour before grilling, coat the steak with the oil and pat on all of the rub, coating evenly. Heat a gas grill to medium high (you should be able to hold your hand 2 inches above the grate for 3 to 4 seconds) or prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire. Sprinkle both sides of the steak with salt. If your grill has a hot spot, position the thicker end of the flank steak nearer the hottest part of the fire. Grill until medium rare, 12 to 15 min., turning the steak every 3 to 4 min. to ensure even cooking. The thickest part of the steak will register 135°F to 140°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for 3 to 5 min. Slice across the grain and portion among dinner plates. Immediately cut the chilled butter into 1/4-inch slices and set a slice or two on each serving while the steak is warm, using a scant tablespoon butter per serving.

Nutrition information (per serving): based on six servings; Calories 220; Fat 12g; (Sat 5g, Mono 5g, Poly 1g); Protein 23g; Carbohydrates 3g; Sodium 470mg; Cholesterol 55mg; Fiber 2g.

Chipotle Butter
1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, completely softened at room temperature
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, stemmed, seeded and minced
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
Scant tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste

In a small bowl, cream the butter with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the chipotles, lime juice, cumin, and salt, blending until evenly incorporated. Taste and add more salt if needed. Using plastic wrap to shape and smooth, mold the butter into a log about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap well in plastic and transfer to the refrigerator (or freezer, if you’re in a nurry) to firm.

Nutrition information (per serving): Size: per Tbs.; Calories: 110; Fat 12g (Sat 7g, Mono 4g, Poly 1g); Protein 0g; Carbohydrates 1g;
Sodium 150mg; Cholesterol 30mg; Fiber 0g.
Fine Cooking, Picnics and Cookouts 2011, page 44

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