Friday, November 16, 2007

The Antithesis of Turkey

The week or so before Thanksgiving I try and avoid poultry. I figure it builds up excitement for the main event and of course after a couple of days of leftovers you don't want to see turkey for awhile. So expect the next few food porn entries to be beef or seafood dishes. If I do a chicken dish it's usually highly seasoned and as far from T-giving-ish as I can get.

Here's what I made last night when I was craving Chinese. The use of bean sprouts is my low carb and low calorie trick to avoiding rice (which I don't do by choice anymore as a post-op). Cooked in quantity they are like noodles in the dish. Bean sprouts are a good source of vitamin C, B complex vitamins and protein too.

Shelly's Beef Stir Fry

2 Eggs, scrambled
1/2-3/4 pound package of Beef Strips (aka beef for stir fry)
1 Tablespoon fresh Ginger, grated
1/2 cup shredded Carrot
3 cups Bean Sprouts
1 can Baby Corn
1 large Onion, sliced
2 or 3 Green Onions, sliced into 1" sections
4-5 Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Frozen Peas
3 to 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
3/4 cup Chicken or Beef Broth
2 teaspoons Corn Starch
Salt & Pepper to taste
Canola Oil

Heat wok pan, add oil, and scramble eggs. Remove and set aside. Add a little more oil and add beef and ginger. Cook until the beef is slightly browned. Remove from wok. Add a little more oil. Add the bean sprouts, carrot, baby corn. Stir fry over high heat about 5 minutes. Remove from pan set aside. Stir fry onions and mushrooms till golden. Add all the veggies (including frozen peas), beef and any juices and egg back into the wok season with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and salt & pepper. Dissolve corn starch in broth and add to pan and cook for 3 minutes. Simmer till heated through and gravy has formed.

Here's a couple of Eggface dishes like this one you might have missed:

Egg Foo Young
Chicken Chop Suey


Maggie, a member of OH. said...

Oh my gosh, that looks absolutely delicious, just like all your other food porn ... although it's hard to beat that pizza porn!

I'm glad to read you're coming along, with more good days than bad. That was a hell of a lot to go through!

Oh! Thank you for the link to find a farmers market where we live! I've been able to find several in my area here in Pennsylvania that I have bookmarked to visit when I am further out from surgery! Without the link I never would have known they existed! I found a couple of ome dairy/cheese farms and vegie/fruit farms and a turkey farm! Since surgery I've been craving fresh, natural foods!

Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying your blog, here I am up late so much on my mind and so worried about stupid stuff. My biggest worry is gaining back the weight, I am having problems with the bloating, still get sick, I am 2 years out, and with this bloating problem, I have gained some or is it AIR? Have you ever had a stand still, been this same weight for year, wish I could drop at least 15 more lbs. I am not good with protein drinks, I do use the Isopure, I love cottage cheese, but thinking it may cause some of the bloating that I am getting. Do you have any suggestions to jump start weight loss again? Thanks so much for your blog, you are so honest in what you have to say, Thanks again.

Michelle said...

LOL yeah I know it tortilla pizza porn is the best ;)

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm feeling a bit better every day.

Farmer's Market's are the best. It's such a great way to spend a morning and the farmer's are so willing to share recipe ideas and nutritional info about what they sell. I love them.

Michelle said...

You know I had a 1 month stall (I think I lost 1/2 a pound) around the -80 pound mark and that was about the time I found my protein drink. I started 1 shake a day and boom the scale moved (big 4 pound drops again). With just that extra 20 some odd grams a day. I'd try something like that for a week or two. Also throw in a day or two of heavy duty exercise or an all day big gardening project or something. I think sometimes our bodies fall into a rut and we need to shake stuff up a bit to kick it into gear.

Best wishes being sent!

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