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Menu Plan for the week of Sept. 6, 2013: Wednesday's Recipes

Stir-Fried Beef with Zucchini (Courgette)

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Both the cherry tomatoes and the zucchini have produced non-stop for over 2 months.....

Stir-Fried Beef with Zucchini (Courgette)       Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
     Late summer stir-fry with the never-ending zucchini and cherry tomatoes.

8oz ground beef (240gr mince)
1 medium zucchini, 7oz (210gr)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs fresh ginger
1/2 red bell pepper
3oz (90gr) cherry tomatoes 
1/2 (4oz, 120ml) cup beef stock
2 tbs sherry
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp walnut or sesame oil
1 tbs cornstarch (or thickener of choice) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Cut zucchini in half the long way, then each half in thin slices.  Slice onion. Mince garlic and ginger. Cut pepper into slices.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
In large nonstick skillet heat oils over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper and stir-fry 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, zucchini and stir-fry 5 minutes longer. Remove to a plate.
Add beef to skillet and sauté, breaking it up as it browns. When beef is browned, return vegetables to skillet and add stock, sherry and soy sauce. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer 5 minutes.
Dissolve cornstarch in water.  Turn the heat up under the skillet and add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Add cherry tomatoes, heat through.  Spoon over Basmati Rice and serve.

Basmati Rice                                                                          Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes

1/2 cup Basmati rice
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock

Cook rice according to package instructions. Fluff and serve.

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, large nonstick skillet with lid,
small bowl, plate

Cut zucchini
Slice onion, pepper
Mince garlic, ginger
Cut cherry tomatoes
Start to cook rice
Heat skillet, add oils

Add onion, pepper, stir-fry
Add garlic, ginger, zucchini, stir-fry
Remove to plate
Add beef to skillet, brown
Return vegetables, add sherry, stock, soy sauce
Cover, simmer
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Fluff rice
Add cornstarch mix to skillet, thicken
Add tomatoes, heat
Arrange rice on platter, top with beef and veg, serve

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