The Dinner Dilemma

We have all been there. It’s 6:00 p.m., you are hungry, and you have no idea what to make for dinner. Typically I encounter the dinner dilemma as I am at the grocery store roaming the aisles trying to decide what to eat. The interactive butcher counter can help solve this problem!


The interactive butcher counter (found here) is a great resource!

My favorite tool is the guide me to the right cut feature. From here, you can enter different criteria to find the perfect cut for the occasion. specialI love I am on a college budget, so I selected an economical cut for the other criteria. I really like stir-frying beef. It is great because there are minimal dishes involved, and it is delicious!


Seven results popped up! I picked top round steak, because it is one of the many lean cuts. After following the links, I found this fabulous recipe:

Steak USAEasy Asian Beef Stir-Fry
Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

1 pound beef Top Round or Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick or Flank Steak
3/4 cup prepared stir-fry sauce
1 package (16 ounces) frozen Asian vegetable blend (such as broccoli, carrots and sugar snap peas)
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional)
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Place beef and 1/4 cup stir-fry sauce in food-safe plastic bag; turn beef to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot; add vegetables and water. Cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables; keep warm.
Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef and garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining oil, beef and garlic.
Return vegetables and beef to skillet. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

This recipe only takes 30 minutes! So once you pick up the ingredients at the store, you can have a home cooked meal in no time at all.

Happy Meaty Monday!

Rachel Purdy
Princess Farmer

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