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Tonight’s Dinner = Epic Win!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Finding a meal that (a) I can make and (b) the Frumettes will eat is no easy task. Preparing a new food is generally a disappointing experience. I am excited to introduce something new, they hate it, and I spend the rest of the evening trying not to take it personally.

And yet…I keep at it.

So I am thrilled to announce that tonight’s culinary experiment was a complete and total success!

Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
(from Real Simple)


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, quartered
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • Directions

    1. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the steak with 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, turning often, until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the steak to a plate.
    2. Wipe out the skillet. Add the bok choy and 1⁄4 cup water and simmer, covered, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and sugar. Add to the bok choy in the skillet and bring to a boil. Add the steak and any accumulated juices and cook, tossing, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve over the rice.

    As for the flank steak, we recently made the decision to buy only beef and chicken that is grass-fed. From start to finish. No grass for most of the life of the animal only to have a bait-and-switch during the animal’s final months with the sole purpose of fattening up the “product.” Additionally, the conditions under which the animals are raised are more in keeping with our ethical beliefs. There tends to be less fat in the grass-fed beef so the cooking time is typically shorter.

    This meal rated “two-thumbs-up” from ALL THREE Frumettes. B’teavon.

    8 Comments leave one →
    1. Monday, 7 December 2009 11:15 pm

      That stir fry looks good!

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I have to special recipe for chocolate chip waffles, apart from using really good chips, like See’s chips or Ghiradelli chips. Dark or semi-sweet chips are the best. I toss handfuls into the waffle mix (from a box, we use Bisquick), stir, and then put a spoonful into the waffler. Enjoy!

      PS: Please stop by my waffle house any time and share another bite.

      • Frume Sarah permalink*
        Monday, 14 December 2009 12:56 pm

        Thanks for sharing your secret to perfect Choc Chop waffles. I think I might have some happier campers in the morning if they awaken to such a delectable breakfast!

        I really do LOVE your blog and try to get over to you every day (except for Saturday, which is our Sabbath)!!!

    2. Sara permalink
      Tuesday, 8 December 2009 7:06 am

      We buy all grass-fed beef and chicken too. Where do you buy yours? I have been ordering all my beef from an organic-grass-fed farmer in Idaho, and the chicken comes from Trader Joes — and lamb from a rancher in New Mexico. But, I am always open to new ideas on where to buy it …. let me know.

      Tastes different, huh?

      • Frume Sarah permalink*
        Monday, 14 December 2009 12:57 pm

        Trader Joe’s for poultry and Whole Foods for beef.

        Cooks a bit faster too!!!

        I’m going to a Jewish Eco food conference next week so expect to see more posts along these lines in the upcoming weeks.

        Miss you guys!!!

    3. Tuesday, 8 December 2009 9:28 pm

      I’ll take your word for it (no beef in my house:-) but mazel tov on the success! Isn’t that the BEST!?

      • Frume Sarah permalink*
        Monday, 14 December 2009 12:58 pm

        If you had asked me that same question BK (before kids), I would have scoffed at the thought. However, motherhood has changed my perspective on SO many things…including cooking!

        And yes, it is an incredible feeling to prepare something that is enjoyed by one’s progeny 🙂

    4. Tuesday, 15 December 2009 12:48 pm

      I can’t believe you got your kids to eat bok choy. Good job.

      • Frume Sarah permalink*
        Wednesday, 16 December 2009 1:00 pm

        They don’t speak Chinese so they didn’t know they were eating c-a-b-b-a-g-e.

        Don’t tell them, OK??

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