Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry

I LOVE when I find a new recipe that I can’t get enough of and end up craving even the next day after making it. I like to buy meat when it goes on sale at the local grocery stores with the “Manager Sale” sticker on it. I have gotten meat for half off or more usually. It’s always hit and miss what kind of meat you will find there, but I have gotten fresh salmon, ribeye steaks, hamburger, turkey burger, and more! Its awesome and makes my day for sure when I find deals like this. I will buy whatever I can and then freeze for later use. I had some beef that needed to be used and so I searched for some Teriyaki Beef recipes and tried a couple different ones and then FINALLY found one that hit the spot after a few alterations!

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This easily makes enough for 4 people and I would serve over some brown rice also to make it go a little further.

Here it is!

Whisk together and set aside

1/2 cup pineapple 100% juice (I just used a can of crushed pineapple in 100% juice)
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
4 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp ginger powder
1 TBSP cornstarch **add very last after everything is already whisked together)

1 lb beef steak (can’t remember the variety) cut into bite sized chunks
2 cups broccoli florets
1 medium onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms

In large nonstick skillet stir fry bite sized beef chunks in olive oil until little to no pink left. Then set aside and keep warm.

Add broccoli, peppers, and onion to pan and stir fry for about 4 mins until onions are looking a little transparent (I did add a little more olive oil). Then add mushrooms and stir fry for about 2 mins more. Return beef to pan. Stir in liquid mixture and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sauce is desired thickness. Serve over rice or rice on the side. **If you like extra sauce then double the liquid recipe.

This was so yummy and really easy. One of those great meals to have when friends come over b/c it doesn’t take a lot of time to prep or make. Hopefully you will enjoy as much as I did!

**Things I am grateful for today…

NAPS–yesterday was a rough one with my kids not getting naps and I paid for it around dinner time last night so today that was a definite must on the list. I feel much better after having a nap and I’m sure my little ones will be much happier this afternoon too. 🙂

Laughter–Last night when my hubby got home from work, its normally around 8pm, he and I and our oldest were hanging out sitting on the couch and my little girl was being so goofy and kept trying to tickle my neck over and over. And she was being sneaky and tricky about it, and we were all belly laughing just at how hard she was laughing and it just feels so good to laugh like that. It’s like it takes weight off my shoulders and makes any worries not seem so big. True, real, laughter is powerful and good for the soul.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

One of my favorite, favorite things to do is to create in the kitchen. In the past I have purchased quite a bit of Chia seeds b/c I will get on a kick of wanting to venture out and try some new things. So in our many moves I keep bringing this bulk bag of Chia seeds with me and haven’t really found much I wanted to do with them, until now! I recently discovered a recipe online of this delicious Chocolate Chia Pudding! Its super easy and soooo yummy! It reminds me of “boxed Pillsbury chocolate cake batter” (which I love to eat whenever I have a reason to make a boxed cake mix) I am all about healthy alternatives that I don’t have to feel guilty about eating or about feeding to my kids.

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(note…I am not a photographer whatsoever and all pics you see on my blog have mostly been taken with my iPhone) 

Here is my tweaked version of the recipe….

1 cup Original Almond Milk

10 small pitted dates

1/4 cup chia seeds

3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

**I put all of this in my Vita-mix and blended it like crazy until smooth. I always taste test and add more of whatever I think it needs to make it fit my taste buds. I promise you will LOVE this and your kids will too! I then put what’s left of my taste testing into a small container and stick it in the refrigerator for later. The one thing I have noticed with this though is when I go to eat it later, I only need a couple of spoonfuls to satisfy my chocolate craving. This recipe definitely makes the favorite list for me and my family!