Sweet ‘n’ Savory Steak Stir Fry

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With a little planning the day before, this makes a super tasty and relatively quick meal that the whole family will LOVE!

PRO TIP: Toss the steak in the freezer when you bring it home from the store, so it will slice more easily.

Then, make this delicious marinade the night before… and you can thank me later!

Yum…yum…YUM!!!

We enjoy serving this over white Jasmine rice, but I’m trusting you to choose and prepare the rice on your own for this recipe. Ha! You’ve GOT this! (Of course, if you’re looking for an awesome way to prepare brown rice, click here! I’ve got you!)

Sweet ‘n’ Savory Steak Stir Fry Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4lb top round steak (preferably slightly frozen) *If the steak you find happens to be larger, we’ve used as large as a 0.9lb piece with this recipe just fine. FYI.
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 5oz shredded carrots
  • 4 green onions, sliced

*Check out our Grocery Shopping Guide for our tips on selecting the most additive-free versions of these ingredients.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice steak very thinly, cutting against the grain. (This is easier if the meat is slightly frozen, so plan ahead!)
  2. Make the marinade 24 hours ahead of time by combining the sugar, olive oil, tamari (or soy sauce) and pressed garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Add the sliced steak to a gallon Ziploc bag (or large covered bowl).
  4. Add marinade to the meat, and toss or stir to combine.
  5. Marinate steak in the fridge for 24 hours.
  6. (NOTE: Make sure you time your stir fry cooking with whatever rice you’ve decided to make…so it’s all ready at once. Just sayin’. Okay, let’s make some stir fry…)
  7. Heat a couple TBSP olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat.
  8. Add sliced yellow onion and shredded carrots. (Reserve the green onion for garnish.)
  9. Cook 10-15 minutes until tender-crisp.
  10. Transfer cooked veggies to a plate.
  11. Add steak and marinade to the skillet, and cook about 5 minutes until meat is cooked through. Stir occasionally, so meat browns on both sides.
  12. Return veggies to the pan with the meat and marinade. Stir to combine, and cook until heated through.
  13. Serve over rice of your choice.
  14. Garnish with green onions.

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Anything can happen!!

Hey, everybody!!! Long time, no see!!!

Just to catch y’all up to speed…Chad and I are in Colorado for the summer! YAY!

We are working (and living) at a campground in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and it’s SO beautiful here! OMG!

(Only problem is that one of my MANY fears is…BEARS! And they definitely call these mountains home! Ahhhhh!!!!)

Anywhooo…

We just LOVE all of the biking and outdoorsy activities in this area!!! So, we pretty much spend ALL of our free time OUTDOORS!

It’s been a looooong time since we’ve hit the mountain bike trails, though, because I’ve been recovering from some post-viral symptoms, so Chad was SUPER excited for us to finally get back out there the other day.

Sooooo… you can imagine the disappointment I felt when… just a few minutes into our ride, I whizzed by a huge mound of bear poop! Ugh!!! 😫🐻

Chad was riding a bit ahead of me, and he just kept pedaling (surely hoping with all of his might that I wouldn’t notice it because he knows darn well there’s no WAY I would keep riding if I did)!!!

I call out to him to wait up. Sure enough, he’d seen it and hoped that I hadn’t!! 🤣🤣🤣 (Ha! I just KNEW it!!!)

I see all joy instantly drain from his face as he politely (??) asks if I’d like to turn back. Without hesitation, I’m like, “uhhhh…YES!” 🚴‍♀️💨

Buuuuut…then I remembered these darn ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN bands on my wrist, and I just KNEW that I needed to readjust my perception… 🤔

I remind myself that if “ANYTHING can happen,” then it MUST be possible for me to finish this ride without being mauled by a bear…and hopefully without even SEEING one! Ya know, just like the MAJORITY of people who wander the trails in bear country.

Much to Chad’s delight, I decide to (try to) press on. 💪🤗 It definitely wasn’t “pretty” at first…I heard a LOT of “bears rustling in the bushes”! And, since you weren’t there… you have ZERO proof that I was ringing my bike bell like a maniac! Lmao!!! But, I was out THERE riding!! 👏👏👏

Eventually, even iiiiiii was annoyed by the sound of my own bike bell!! So, it was time to adjust my mindset even further…

I realized that…if “ANYTHING can happen,” then it MUST be possible for me to relax and enjoy this ride…without FEAR!!!! 🧘‍♀️😌 Wow…THAT proposal was a MUCH harder sell to my nervous system!!! But, eventually I got there! And, boy was THAT version of the ride WAY more fun!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ (Scroll down for more pics from this beautiful ride at Lory State Park…)

Do YOU need a little reminder to stay optimistic these days? 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️🙋 Or know someone *else* who could use a little boost right now?? ❤️ My new inspirational wristband set is now available on Etsy by clicking here!! 🥰

Grab a set for yourself…or order a set as a gift…or BOTH! 🙃

Either way, keep scrolling down to see even more of that Colorado beauty I promised…

We are really trying to soak it all in because in about a month, we are heading back to Arizona for the winter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (dairy-free)

Hey, everybody!!!

(It’s me…Christy! The additive-free recipes gal!)

Long time, no see!!!!

Wow! It’s been soooooooo long since I’ve posted here that you’ve probably forgotten who I am! LOL!

Well, it’s been a long and crazy past couple of years…for everyone! Am I right?!?! So I’ve been distracted with a bazillion other things.

Just to catch you up to speed…

Chad and I are still living full-time in our RV, buuuuuuuuuuut…..we are no longer in California! I know…hard to believe, huh?!

We are working at a campground in Arizona right now for the winter, and we are soaking in this amazing warm winter weather here! Yay!

Next, we plan to work at a campground in Colorado for the summer. And, then???? Who knows!

Anywhoooooooooo….It’s 80 degrees here today, so we decided to make this yummy, additive-free smoothie. And I thought I’d share it with all of you here, too! Enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (dairy-free)

The peanut butter and frozen bananas make this smoothie so smooth that you won’t even miss the dairy!

Makes 16 ounces

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cold water
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP honey
2 frozen bananas, broken into chunks

*Check out our Grocery Shopping Guide for our tips on selecting the most additive-free versions of these ingredients.

DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients, except bananas, to a blender. Blend.
Add bananas, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Basil Pasta

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This is a great “pesto” substitute if you don’t eat dairy.

The lemon gives the pasta a little “zing” that you’d typically get from the Parmesan cheese in regular pesto.

We skip the pine nuts, too, because I had a really bad experience many years ago where I lost my sense of taste for an entire week after eating some “bad” pine nuts!

Sure, you could add a different nut to make it more like pesto, but we enjoy it just fine like this.

Basil Pasta Recipe

Serves 4 (as an entree) – – or serves 6 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS: 

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed VERY tightly
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp unrefined salt
1/2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 tsp raw honey
3 medium cloves garlic

16 ounces pasta of your choice (we prefer Trader Joe’s gluten-free rice pasta as shown below)

DIRECTIONS:

Toss everything (except the pasta) into a food processor or blender, and process until combined (stopping to scrape the sides a few times as needed).

Makes 3/4 cup – 1 cup of sauce. This sauce freezes well for later use, too, so feel free to make extra while you’ve got your blender dirty! 🙂

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions; and drain/rinse.

I like to cook the Basil Sauce a bit before tossing it with the pasta. So, while the pasta is in the strainer, add the sauce to the empty pasta pan. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat. Then, add the pasta and toss to combine.

Enjoy! And be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE for more delicious recipes!!!!

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