Monday, February 15, 2021

Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Beef Noodle Stir Fry is ready in 20 minutes and is made with whole-wheat pasta, beef tenderloin, carrots, broccoli and red peppers with a honey garlic soy dressing!

This post is a collaboration with Michigan Beef Industry Commission on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own. 

Beef Stir Fry Noodles

Saucy Asian-style noodles with lean beef and veggies- sign us up! My entire family loves when we eat stir-fry type dishes and when I include noodles, they are even happier. These Beef Stir Fry Noodles are loaded with sautéed pieces of Beef Tenderloin, but feel free to use whatever kind of lean beef you enjoy. The tenderloin pieces taste even better after you let them marinate in the delicious honey garlic soy dressing for a bit,  are perfect for meal prep, and make wonderful leftovers.


Pan of Beef Stir Fry Noodles

Today, I want to talk about how we introduced beef to our kids. We started them on lean Ground Beef and pieces of steak at a young age- maybe 9 months old each. After offering veggies to our kids, we moved onto other nutritious foods, like lean beef.


I would give them tiny pieces of cooked Ground Beef crumbles, chunks of  hamburger, and little pieces of steak. I remember them all loving it! I have always found it the easiest to serve my kids whatever I am eating- and that includes hamburgers and steaks.


Nutrition in Beef for Babies

Beef is a great food for babies and toddlers since it provides iron, zinc, choline, B-vitamins and protein. By 6 months of age, iron stores are depleted and babies need to eat iron rich foods in order to help raise their iron levels and to support brain development. Beef offers new flavors and textures for babies and toddlers which helps to support oral and motor development.

Every bite that your baby takes in the first 2 years of life helps to get the nutrients that they need for growth and development. I am particular what my kids get during this time period since they need a ton of nutrients to help their little bodies grow. Lily is 18 months now and I make sure she gets a variety of protein, whole-grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy.


How to serve beef to babies and toddlers

For young babies, you can puree beef on its own or with veggies or milk and spoon feed it to them. As they get older, you can mash, chop or shred beef. At 18 months, we just chop beef or steak into tiny pieces for Lily. Visit The Michigan Beef Industry Commission and Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner for more regarding beef’s nutrient package, nutritious recipes to feed the entire family, as well as more information about starting solids with your little ones. 


Steak Stir Fry Noodles

Nutrition in Beef Noodle Stir-Fry

Beef stir-fry noodles are a very nutritious meal! The noodles are 100% whole-wheat so they are rich in fiber and vitamins. The beef is high in protein. The veggies are fiber and vitamin rich. This meal makes an awesome lunch or dinner. The noodles reheat just as well the next day for lunch. My husband enjoyed taking the leftovers for lunch at work!


bite of steak stir fry noodles

Kids and Beef Noodle Stir Fry

This deserved its own section because oh my goodness, all three of my kids LOVED this dinner. No asking them to sit down and eat their food for once! Lily loved her meal the the most! She nearly finished her meal by the time we even sat down- saying "mmmm" each bite. We enjoyed these for leftovers the next day as well. This recipe makes plenty of leftovers if you are a family of 4-5 with young kids.


bowl of steak stir fry noodles

Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Yield: serves 7 

Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Beef Noodle Stir Fry are ready in 20 minutes with whole-wheat pasta, Beef Tenderloin, carrots, broccoli and red peppers with a honey garlic soy dressing!

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a large pot with water and boil water. Cook pasta according to instructions and drain water.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook beef tenderloin for about 4-5 minutes on medium-high heat until meat is mostly cooked through and browned. Remove beef from skillet and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil and add carrots, broccoli and peppers to the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until vegetables are partially cooked through. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey and sesame oil. Pour over the veggies.
  5. Add the beef and the noodles to the pan and toss in the sauce. Sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.
Enjoy!

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