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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

From The Hungry Yuppies Test Kitchen

Stir-Fry Wraps
8 OZ steak
1 TSP sesame oil
2 TBS soy sauce
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
2 TBS vegetable oil, divided
1 Small onion, sliced thin
1 Cup broccoli, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 TBS sambal oelek or chili paste
2 TBS tomato paste
Whole wheat wraps

I was planning to make a beef and broccoli stir-fry for dinner, but I only had thin-sliced sandwich steaks on hand. That's when I had a brilliant idea...Why not turn a stir-fry into a sandwich? Or better yet, a healthy low-carb wrap sandwich? I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out, or if Rich would approve of my creation, but there have been many great dishes born out of experimentation.

In a shallow dish combine sesame oil, soy sauce, crushed garlic cloves and fresh cracked pepper. Slice steak into thin strips and marinate for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook broccoli for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Shock in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Chop, and set aside. Heat the wraps and keep warm.

Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat with 1 TBS of the oil. Cook the steak until just about done, remove from pan and set aside.

Wipe pan clean and heat 1 more TBS of oil. Sauté the onions with a pinch of salt and cook until they begin to caramelize. Add the broccoli and sauté for 1 minute. Add the steak, sambal and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes more. Spoon mixture into wheat wraps and enjoy.

The Verdict: Hungry Yuppie approved! Perfect for a light dinner or a healthy lunch. The key is the sambal sauce for just the right amount of heat. You can also add rice to this to make an Asian-inspired burrito.

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The Hungry Yuppies, Annie and Rich, are a young couple from CT who are self-proclaimed foodies. Annie is the chef, and Rich is her willing taste tester. Juggling a full time job in the city wasn't going to get in the way of Annie's love for cooking. It's about eating well whether you have just 30 minutes on a Monday night, or all day on a rainy Sunday.