The Meal Planner

I'm sharing a real special treat with you today. REAL special. If I make this recipe for my husband, it's almost guaranteed he would lick my feet if I asked him too. Seriously. We both love this dish so much, I make it more often than any other recipe. I also make it for company or when someone in our church has a baby and we provide them with meals for a week....I've made this for two different couples and nothin' but compliments out the ying yang. So if you never try any of my other recipes, try this one. It's a keeper.

Recipe from Tyler Florence.
Makes 4 servings

2 egg whites
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1 pound beef top round or sirloin steak, sliced paper-thin against the grain

½ cup peanut oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced (I use a fine grater)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
½ tsp of dried chili flakes
¾ pound green beans, ends tipped and cut in half
½ cup chicken broth
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 strips orange peel (*optional)
¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped

*I’ve made this recipe with orange peel and without, and surprisingly that little bit of peel makes a huge flavor impact. It really gives the peanut sauce an orange flavor. Steve likes it both ways, but I prefer it without. I never actually make it with the orange peel EVER now, so I'm not sure why I'm including it in the recipe directions. So it's up to you. Do you like orange in your peanut sauce?

Tip: Once you've got your beef fried, and you are ready to finish off the dish it all comes together really fast. Make sure you have everything you need right on the counter, measured out and ready to go.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch until foamy; season with salt and pepper. Add the beef and toss to coat in the marinade and stick it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or overnight to make it easier on you).

Pour the peanut oil in a large skillet or wok and place over high heat. When the oil is smoking hot, add 1/2 of the beef. (If you fry all the meat at once the oil temperature will drop and the beef will stew instead of crisp.)

Fry for 2 minutes then remove to a paper towel to drain; repeat with the remaining beef.
Oh look at that crispy goodness.

Very carefully drain all but 2 tablespoons of the hot oil into a safe container. Stir fry the green beans in the remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. After about 2 minutes, add the ginger, garlic, green onions, and chili until they perfume. Remove from the pan.

Mix the chicken broth with the remaining tablespoon of cornstarch to make a slurry and add it to the pan. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, peanut butter, and orange peel (if you are using it). Simmer until the sauce is thick, about 5 minutes.

Return the beef and green beans to the pan, tossing to coat in the sauce.

I usually serve this with rice, but have discovered that it is excellent with vermicelli noodles. They are a cinch to make: Boil water. Put noodles in bowl. Pour water over top. Let sit for a couple minutes. Drain.

Now here's the best part: Put your noodles or rice in a bowl, top with the stir-fry and garnish with chopped peanuts.

Click here for printable version of Beef with Green Beans in Peanut Sauce

Can you say "I'm in heaven"? My family loves this meal. Like seriously LOVES it. My husband is kind of a "saucey" guy and always makes me double the peanutey sauce. Either way, you will love this and so will your family. I'm pretty sure it would be a kid pleaser because of the peanut butter...I know my toddler eagerly downs her bowl of it.

For more green bean recipes check out $5 Dinners Grow. Eat. Save. - Green Beans Edition

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11 Responses
  1. snbjork Says:

    Hello there! I found your blog from the link you put on Pioneer Woman's contest entry. Thank you for sharing it! I have been looking through all your recipes and they look fabulous! I am no great chef, but I am a great eater. =) And I'm always looking for new things to try. By the way, I also love your background (the notebook paper is very clever). Where did you find it? I would love to use it for my own recipe blog, if you don't mind! Thank you! ~Suzanne~

  2. Thanks so much Suzanne! I appreciate you taking a look through my recipes. I hope you find something that turns your crank ;) As for the notebook background, that came from I don't mind you using it....that's the beauty of free templates!

  3. Wow. I love how you tell why you cook things the way you do. All this time I have been dumping all the meat in and wondering why it doesn't crisp very well! I love your step by step instructions complete with humor :)

    We eat a similar dish, Spicy Peanut Chicken. Even my kids love it! Hmmm...I think that is going to have to go on the menu for this week!

  4. Wow Spicy Peanut Chicken sounds amazing.

  5. Vanessa Says:

    Mmmm, this was tasty, Kindra! Definitely going to be a favorite around here. Liam commented that it was "tasty and nummy" I think he really enjoyed the peanut-y taste.

  6. Haha, it seems like it would be a kid-pleaser. I've never had a comment from a kid before, since the last two times I made it for families in our church who just a baby, their 2 year olds were EXTREMELY picky when I showed up with this, they were like "I think I'll just make him some mac 'n cheese"....It was disappointing since I made it to please both kid and parent! I'm glad to have had my first taste test and review from a kid. A kid who eats more than mac 'n cheese :)

  7. Vanessa Says:

    What?!? I'd be disappointed too (and a little hurt)! What a bummer. Liam seriously ate his whole bowl of food. Gobbled it. While he's not a picky eater, he definitely won't eat that much if he doesn't like a dish.

    I'm interested in hearing more about how you make a week of dinners for parents with new babies. Do you freeze the dinners or deliver them fresh?

  8. When a family has a new baby, we give them a couple days to get home from the hospital and get settled, and then each night a hot meal is brought to their house at supper time for a week. Someone organizes it all by asking the family their likes, dislikes, allergies and preferred supper time. Then they call around and recruit about 7 different people to bring food one day out of the week.

    It's really a huge blessing. You are so sleep deprived and tired that not having to think about making supper is great. It's also nice that you don't have to rely on unhealthy, expensive take-out either. The peeps who bring suppers are told to make sure it's healthy for the nursing it's a really rounded out meal. Some people bring a main dish as well as homemade fruit smoothies or fruit salad or something like that. You get such a variety of delicious, generous meals.

    I had a 20-year old friend get pregnant unexpectedly. She wasn't part of my church but I tried to organize a week of meals anyway so I asked her to give me her friends phone numbers. I wanted it to be a huge blessing for her, but unfortunately all the friends she had were just young and immature and I wasn't able to get anyone to bring a meal except myself. She was still HUGELY grateful, but having a whole week where you don't worry about what you will eat would have been nice to give her.

  9. I totally forgot to mention that it's organized by someone in the church (we have a group called "Chicks at the Gate" and it's usually one of them) and all the meals are brought by different people in the church.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    With regard to meals for new moms - That was the biggest blessing when I had my babies - almost as big a blessing the babies themselves. I was a new Christian, and having hot meals brought over by the "church ladies" made me feel really loved & special and boy did it help take some stress off! I suggest to anyone wanting to start this ministry to GO FOR IT!

    I'm a Believer!

  11. Thanks Laura for your comment...I totally agree. As much as I love to cook I pretty much didn't set foot in my kitchen for a month after having my baby. There's so much to adjust your new life around, and cooking kind of seems like the least important (sleep being one of the most important and coveted ;) I was so grateful having that first week of meals delivered...after that I just sent my hubs into the kitchen to cook for the rest of the month ;)