Stress-Fighting Beef Stir-Fry

  • Yield 4 servings

In addition to being an excellent source of tryptophan and protein, lean beef provides plenty of selenium, zinc, iron, and B complex vitamins to help you fight stress. Choose organic, grass-fed beef if you can to avoid pesticides and hormones that potentially can interfere with your own.


1 pound organic grass-fed steak (or extra-firm tofu)
1/3 cup mirin rice wine
2 tablespoons shoyu or tamari sauce (wheat-free)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons sesame or coconut oil, divided
1 brown or red onion, peeled and sliced into thin crescents
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup purified water
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets and stems
1/2 cup purple cabbage, cut into thick strips


  1. Cut steak (or tofu) into thin strips and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Combine mirin, shoyu (or tamari), and maple syrup and marinate 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove steak from the marinade (reserving leftover marinade) and coat with cornmeal.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove from the pan and set aside. (If using tofu, cook until lightly browned on each side.)
  5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil to the pan and sauté onion, ginger, and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the purified water, the broccoli stems and florets, and cabbage and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Return cooked beef (or tofu) to the pan with the leftover marinade, and cook on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until boiling.



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