Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. For this quick Chinese Garlic Steak, I added soy sauce and peanuts with the garlic.
Shortcut Tip: To make this meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.
Asian Peanut Noodles is a cold side dish. I use bottled peanut sauce that can be found in the ethnic section of the supermarket. Look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the produce section.
This meal contains 553 calories with 17 percent of calories from fat.
- Dried Chinese noodles or any thin, dried pasta can be substituted for the fresh noodles.
- Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce section of the market.
- Look for a thick peanut sauce. It works best for this recipe. Or mix about 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar to make your own peanut sauce. Thin it with 1 tablespoon water.
CHINESE GARLIC STEAK
3/4 pound quick-cooking steak (skirt or strip)
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 teaspoons minced garlic
Vegetable-oil spray, as needed
Remove visible fat from the steak and cut into 1-inch strips. Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic together in a self-sealing plastic bag. Add steak and set aside while making the noodles.
Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Spray with the vegetable-oil spray.
Remove steak from marinade, reserving marinade. Stir-fry steak 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add reserved marinade to wok. Boil 1 minute. Spoon over steak.
Makes 2 servings.
ASIAN PEANUT NOODLES
1/4 pound fresh or steamed Chinese noodles (about 2 1/4 cups)
1/4 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 tablespoons peanut sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add the noodles and snow peas. Bring back to a boil and cook 1 minute. Drain. Place in a bowl and add the peanut sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well. Serve with the steak.
Makes 2 servings.