Family means more than anything to me. Like many families, Mike, Sam and I have our comfortable routines together.
We know how to make each other laugh. We know when to hug and when to give space.
Days, weeks, and months unfold, mostly with an ease in living. I’m grateful to be doing it all together.
Right now our family is in a transition period. We are between our former life in our old neighborhood and a new beginning in our not-yet ready house. In the interim, we are staying with Mike’s sister and her family.
We have new, temporary routines and the sharing is strengthening our relationships.
It’s pretty cool. It makes me think of times I’ve read about when generations of families lived with, or next door, to each other.
We’re still all busy with our normal responsibilities.
As you can see, I’m still blogging about recipes and parties, but one of my favorite parts of the day is when we all sit down together for dinner.
The small talk conversations renew our connections. To eat is good! To share is better!
To that end, my sis-in-law and I are taking turns making meals. Yesterday I made this Thai style beef and broccoli stir-fry. It’s made with good Canadian beef. It’s colorful. It’s delicious. We all loved it—everybody cleaned their plates!
Vary the vegetables in this colourful beef stir-fry recipe according to your family’s tastes; snow peas, sweet peppers and bean sprouts are all good additions.
If you can’t find Stir-fry Beef Strips just ask the meat counter staff to cut any Beef Grilling Steak into strips for you to make this tasty Thai Style Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry.
We Canadians enjoy about 930K tons of beef a year! We don’t eat all we produce, however…did you know Canada is the 8th largest beef exporter in the world?
One in three acres of Canada’s agricultural land is not suitable for crops but it is suitable for grazing cattle.
THAI STYLE BEEF & BROCCOLI STIR-FRYPrint Pin Rate
- ¼ cup 50 mL beef broth
- 2 tablespoons 30 mL Thai fish sauce (or soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons 30 mL cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon 5 mL finely grated lime rind
- 1 tablespoon 15 mL fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons 10 mL granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons 10 mL sesame oil
- 1 pound 500 g Beef Stir-Fry Strips or Grilling Steak cut into strips
- 3 cups 750 mL small broccoli florets
- 14 ounces 398 mL can baby corn, drained and cut cobs in half
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons 10 mL minced ginger root
- 1 teaspoon 5 mL minced seeded hot chili pepper
- 1 ½ cup 375 mL grape tomatoes, halved
- ⅓ cup 75 mL slivered fresh basil leaves
- Combine beef broth, fish sauce, cornstarch, lime rind and juice, sugar and sesame oil in large sealable freezer bag. Add beef strips; seal bag, squeezing gently to massage marinade into beef. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes.
- Drain meat through colander set over bowl, reserving marinade. Stir-fry beef strips using medium-high heat in hot lightly oiled nonstick skillet for 2 minutes or until browned but still pink inside. Transfer meat to clean bowl.
- Stir-Fry broccoli in the same skillet for 3 to 5 minutes or until almost tender-crisp. Add baby corn, garlic, ginger and hot pepper; stir-fry for 30 seconds or until corn is starting to brown. Return beef to skillet along with any juices in bowl and reserved marinade. Bring to boil; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Serve stir-fry over steamed jasmine rice or Thai rice noodles.
Not only is beef good for dinner, it’s good for the economy! Annually, the beef industry contributes almost $25 billion to the Canadian economy.
Canada Beef takes a team approach to sustainable farming. It’s a league of farmers and ranchers from every province, working together. Each farmer and rancher is able to contribute their best to work toward the common goal of quality beef production. It’s kind of like my sister-in-law and I working together for the common goal of feeding our families. Making…and eating…it’s a great routine to share!