I decided I needed to make a stir-fry because one, I got some grass-fed stir-fry meat from Black Earth Meats on sale at the Willy Street Co-op a few weeks ago that has been sitting in my freezer, begging to be used and two, I bought a new rice maker and have wanted to try it out ever it since it was delivered to see if it lived up to the great review it got from America's Test Kitchen. When I think beef and stir-fry, I immediately think of broccoli too, with some other veggies (mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc.) thrown in the mix. For the record, the rice maker cooked my brown rice perfectly, with none of it sticking to the bowl insert. But on to the stir-fry! This is a great basic stir-fry with sauce recipe; feel free to substitute other vegetables and add more red pepper for heat. Chicken or shrimp could be substituted for the beef; this would also be a great vegetarian dish with tofu, marinated in the same manner as the beef (and breaded in cornmeal if you like your tofu crispy). The best thing about stir-fry is that you can pretty much throw in any proteins or vegetables you have in the fridge and it usually turns out pretty well. Grab some veggies, meats, and get cooking!
Beef, Mushroom, and Broccoli Stir-Fry
adapted from Bon Appetit, via Epicurious
serves 4 to 6