First thing I made turned out GREAT. Ginger-Soy Beef with the ginger-soy sauce, beef, mushrooms, carrots, asparagus and edamame.
There was an adventure finding the edamame in my supermarket -- I finally got it in the organic frozen section. Edamame is high in soy, very good for you. And I snuck it in with success into this dish. Not a single child noticed. I think they thought they were peas (they look like peas).
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon grated ginger (that's the real thing, folks; the one that looks like a root)
1 teaspoon minced scallion (I had no scallions, so I minced up shallots)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame oil (found in the Oriental/Asian section of the supermarket)
1 pound beef, cut into 1/4 inch strips (I used a sirloin steak)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons oil (I almost always use peanut oil, but you can use canola or vegetable)
veggies of choice -- I used:
1 pound asparagus, cut into thirds
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1/4 pound carrots, sliced
1 cup edamame, shelled
In a zip bag, shake cornstarch with meat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stirfry until browned, then remove. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil, then add veggies and stir-fry until crisp-tender. Add sauce and bring to a simmer. Add meat back in and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Serve with noodles or rice.
homemade fried rice, which is the recipe I ran before. Easy to make, and the more you do it, the easier it gets ;-). Here's a picture of it, all done and cooked by moi.
My son really wants to learn how to make it, so next time I make fried rice, I think I'll have a helper. It's pretty easy -- and once you see how easy, you'll never pay to order it again!