It was absolutely frigid today and so Paula and I decided to stay inside tonight. Last night we enjoyed a fire in the fire pit and then went in the hot tub. Not tonight!

Anyway…After doing some writing upstairs this afternoon, I made dinner for Paula and I. Tonight we enjoyed Mongolian Beef and Vegetables. It was  recipe that I found in the December Cooking Light. I also made some soba noodles to go with the dish. It was like we were having Chinese take-out – except that I was making the food.

If you want to make this tasty dish, here is what you need to do…Start by thinly slicing a 12-16 ounce piece of flank steak and placing the steak and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl. Toss both of them to coat the steak.

Next, you should combine 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of water, and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth.

Now you should heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon canola oil and 1 teaspoon sesame oil and swirl to coat. Add the steak to the pan in a single layer and cook 5 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally. Remove the steak from pan and keep warm.

Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add another 1 tablespoon of canola oil and another 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the pan. Add 3-4 cups of broccoli florets, 1/2 cup of thinly sliced onion, and 1/2 cup of sliced carrot. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/2-1 cup of snow peas, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons of grated ginger. Cook for another minute. Add the steak and the soy sauce mixture to the pan. Bring the soy sauce mixture to a boil while scraping the pan to loosen browned bits. Serve immediately.

In order to make the soba noodles, cook 6 ounces of soba noodles according to the package. Drain and rinse when they are finished cooking. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce in a large bowl. Stir with a whisk to mix thoroughly. Add the noodles and toss the noodles with the sauce to coat. Then add a few sesame seeds.

These noodles went really well with the beef and vegetables! Best of all, it was not very hard to make!

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