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
- Cut steak (or tofu) into thin strips and place in a mixing bowl.
- Combine mirin, shoyu (or tamari), and maple syrup and marinate 35 to 40 minutes.
- Remove steak from the marinade (reserving leftover marinade) and coat with cornmeal.
- 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.)
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil to the pan and sauté onion, ginger, and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the purified water, the broccoli stems and florets, and cabbage and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
- 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.