The easiest (and most delicious) beef recipe you’ll ever make.

The easiest (and most delicious) beef recipe you’ll ever make.

The easiest beef recipe you'll ever make | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free

You guys.

I wish I could take credit for this recipe. But, alas, I cannot. I found it over on GatheredTable, a recipe and meal planning resource that I’m a huge fan of. Mostly because I discovered their “More Beef Please” recipe, but also because it helped me stay organized and inspired when the inevitable food rut hits.

The thing I love most about this recipe is how freakin’ easy it is to make.

The other thing I love most about this recipe is how little time it takes to get dinner on the table. Which comes in handy when I have a hangry husband, a fussy toddler, and a growling belly of my own to feed.

The other other thing I love most about this recipe is that it’s hands down THE most flavorful and easiest beef recipe I have ever made.

So, yeah.

Go make the beef.

And make your family happy.

The easiest beef recipe you'll ever make | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free

The easiest beef recipe you'll ever make | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free
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The easiest (and most delicious) beef recipe you'll ever make.

This is hands down the easiest and most delicious beef recipe out there, taking a mere 15 minutes from start to finish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs flank steak cut into 1-inch strips and thinly sliced
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon or 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1 medium onion cut in half and sliced into thick chunks

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add flank steak, lemon juice, tamari, and water. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add in onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in beef and lemon-soy sauce and continuing to sauté for another 3-5 minutes or until beef is browned on both sides.
  5. Serve hot!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, and egg free.
The easiest beef recipe you'll ever make | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free

Chicken with Snow Peas

Chicken with Snow Peas

Chicken with Snow Peas | Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free

When I was a young lass, my favorite place to eat was our local Chinese restaurant. It didn’t actually matter WHICH restaurant, just that it was Chinese. I would always order a chicken dish, and more often than not, it would be chicken with snow peas.

I glommed onto Chinese food for a few reasons. It didn’t make my belly ache like the other restaurants we would go to. And I didn’t have to worry about whether there would be cheese in something. Because as much as I hated cheese, I hated the feeling of sending my food back more. Read More

Kung Pao Meatballs

Kung Pao Meatballs

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I have a love hate relationship with meatballs. The Hubster loves them and I love to hate them. And, well, there was really no in between on that one. Until we started eating red meat on a more regular basis and needed to add some variety into our burger only repertoire.

I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to find a few meatball recipes that I like, including these Kung Pao Meatballs.

The Hubster loves them.

I love them.

And The Babe? She freakin’ loves them too.

So the next time you’re looking for a way to switch things up and get your roll on, I implore you to make these Kung Pao Meatballs.

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Recipe: Kung Pao Meatballs

Get your roll on with these unbelievably good Kung Pao Meatballs. Pair them with a little steamed rice and your favorite veggies and you've got one helluva good meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs or cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbs sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbs sriracha
  • 2 tbs honey

For garnish:

  • 2 tbs chopped green onions
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix beef through garlic in a large mixing bowl and combine with hands until all ingredients have been incorporated.
  3. Roll into balls and transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes, or no longer pink inside.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  5. Combine soy sauce or tamari through honey in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour over meatballs, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free*, gluten free*, and corn free. The wheat free and gluten free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of cooked quinoa in place of the panko/breadcrumbs.
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Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

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I always thought I wasn’t a meatball kind of girl.

I hated the meatballs that sat on top of my spaghetti. The mere mention of them ruined a perfectly good meal. Maybe it was the cheese that was hidden in every single batch, or the mix of pork, veal, and beef that seemed ever present where we dined.

So it was out of complete desperation and boredom with our weekly menu, that I ventured into the world of Asian inspired meatballs.

I started with the Asian Quinoa Meatballs from Damn Delicious, moved into the Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs from Oh My Veggies, and finally made my way into meatball obsession with the Kung Pao Meatballs from Fit Foodie Finds.

When I came across a recipe for turkey and sweet potato meatballs I was a little excited and a little nervous that The Husband wouldn’t like them. HE is a total spaghetti and meatball fan who never gets super geeked about turkey anything. But he’s a good sport, and (almost) always willing to eat what I put in front of him.

The good news? These were a huge hit with BOTH of us.

The bad news? There was only enough for one of us to have them again today. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t The Husband.)

Do yourself a favor and make a double batch. That way, you won’t need to seek out couples counseling to help resolve any hurt feelings or lingering issues from the sheer heft of the disappointment you’ll feel when they are gone.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs

Get a flavorful and filling dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes with these tantalizing turkey and sweet potato meatballs inspired by The Lean Green Bean's Paleo Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup sweet potato cooked and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup panko or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray large baking sheet with cooking oil and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands until all ingredients are just combined. Set aside momentarily.
  4. Heat a large skillet with 1-2 tbs of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Form turkey mixture into balls (I made about 18), and place into skillet. Cook until meatballs are browned on all sides before transferring to prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turn over, and bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until meatballs are no longer pink inside).
  7. Serve with BBQ sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, corn free, and soy free.
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Beef Fried Rice

Beef Fried Rice

Beef fried rice

The Babe has been on a rice kick as of late.

And by kick, I mean it’s the only thing she wants to eat. That, and hot dogs. But I’m pretty sure hell would have to freeze over to knock hot dogs off the list of things she’ll eat.

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Back to the rice.

She eats it plain or with soy sauce; just like her mama. She also devoured more than her fair share of fried from our favorite Chinese restaurant.

She enjoyed the fried rice so much that, in fact, that I thought making a batch of fried rice at home would be in order.

Recipe for beef fried rice

And so it sat, on our menu, for about two weeks before I got around to making it.

Oops.

We had a lot of veggies in the fridge to use up—making fried rice a really great end of the week dish. Our favorite ones to throw in: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, and peas.

Recipe for beef fried rice

The Hubster also happened to be starving, so I opted to add in some beef.

It was a really good choice.

And I’m not one who typically like beef in my fried rice. Who am I kidding, I’m not one who typically likes fried rice period.

But this fried rice? Is amazing.

Recipe for beef fried rice

Beef fried rice
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Beef Fried Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 - 1 lb beef sirloin, top round, flank steak, etc., sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets cut into small bits
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets cut into small bits
  • 1/4 cup carrots diced
  • 1/4 cup snap peas cut into small strips
  • 1/4 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked rice I did a mixture of brown and white jasmine rice
  • 2 tbs Earth Balance or butter

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large wok over high heat.
  2. Add onions and saute for 2 minutes, until becoming fragrant.
  3. Add beef, stirring occasionally, and cook until just browned; about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, and peas into wok. Saute until bright and crisp tender; about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, egg, and rice vinegar in a small glass measuring cup or bowl and beat.
  7. Add beef and onion mixture back into the bowl, along with cooked rice and soy sauce + egg mixture into wok. Stir until rice is evenly coated.
  8. Add Earth Balance and saute until rice starts to get crispy and brown in spots; about 3-5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to bowls and dig in!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free*, gluten free**, wheat free**, and corn free.
*The Dairy Free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of Earth Balance or another vegan buttery spread.

**The Wheat and Gluten Free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of Tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as regular soy sauce contains wheat.

Recipe for beef fried rice