Dinner Special: Homemade Egg-Rolls & Ginger Beef Stir-fry

I wanted to make dinner again, so I decided to go with something more foreign, to an extent. I found a recipe to make Ginger Beef Stir-fry, and I thought it sounded delicious. However, I needed a side dish to go with it. I found a couple of recipes for Egg-Rolls, but I didn’t want any filled with beef, chicken or shrimp, so I decided to go with a vegetable egg-roll. The recipes were time consuming because a lot of chopping and cutting was involved, but the final product came out pretty appetizing. My family and I were left with no leftovers, except a couple of egg-rolls.

Baked Vegetable Egg-Rolls

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
2 cups of savoy cabbage, chopped
2 cups of shredded carrots
2 cups of bean sprouts
1 can of water chestnuts, chopped
2 tbsp green onions, sliced
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup water
14 egg roll wraps
Sweet chili dipping sauce or sweet and sour sauce (for dipping)

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the cabbage, sprouts, carrots, chestnuts and ginger to the pan and cook, stirring frequently for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables just begin to wilt but still remain a little bit crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mix the corn starch with the water and mix thoroughly. Add the corn starch mixture and soy sauce to the pan along with the green onions. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.

3. Place two tablespoons of the cooled mixture on the center of the egg roll wrap. Fold the bottom up over the filling. Next, fold the two sides over, making it look like an envelope, then roll it up like a burrito.

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the rolled up egg rolls on a baking sheet. Once you have rolled them all, spray the top of each egg roll with cooking spray.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes then turn them over. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce.

Source: For the Love of Cooking

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

1 tsp. cornstarch
¼ cup cold water
3 tbsp. plum sauce
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lb. boneless sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
1½ cups small broccoli florets
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
4 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. salted peanuts, chopped (optional)
Rice, for serving
Sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water; whisk until smooth.  Stir in the plum sauce, ginger, soy sauce and red pepper flakes.  Set aside. I made an extra batch for dipping.

2. In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, cook the steak strips until no longer pink.  Remove to a plate and set aside, draining the excess fat from the skillet if necessary.  Add the oil to the pan and heat through.

3. Add the red pepper, broccoli and carrot pieces to the skillet and stir fry until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Mix in the green onion and garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4. Return the steak pieces to the pan.  Add the sauce to the pan, stirring well to coat everything.  Cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes more.  Stir in the peanuts.

5. Serve the warm stir fry over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

Source: Annie Eats

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