Beef Stir Fry

Howdy! How’s your week going so far? My work load has stabilized so it’s at the point where I have enough but I am not completely frazzled, and for once in my life, I am actually enjoying that. I have been taking advantage of my flexible schedule to squeeze grocery shopping and running in mid-day, and overall I have been just enjoying work and feeling good. That’s more than I can say for the two weeks prior, however, when the below beef stir fry was made.

There were a few weeks where things were absolutely go-go-go from 7 am to 10 pm. I secretly love being on the move mentally like that, but it killed my appetite and made me stop caring about food. What’s a blogger to do when cereal will suffice for dinner, but there is food that needs to be made? Make food for the man of the house, that’s what!

My mom always really hooks me up when I visit, filling my car with coolers and bags and all sorts of goodies. I found some stir fry beef, peppers, and onions in my haul, and I decided to make my husband a healthy beef stir fry that was quick to make, not interrupting my workflow and productivity.

I love dishes like this because they can be made with whatever you have. Here’s what our stir fry entailed:



1 package of stir fry beef

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1/2 cup red wine (I used a 2006 Fitch Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley, where I am going in just over a month, yipeeeee!)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

4 cups chopped bell peppers and onions

stir fry beef

yellow bell pepper

The stir fry was just a matter of chopping veggies and sautéing them with the meat in a bit of olive oil. I did want to do something flavorful, so that’s where I put on my thinking cap.

peppers and onions

Beef and red wine love each other, do they not? And I love this Fitch Mountain Cab. I spared about a cup for hubby’s dinner. Winking smile

Fitch Mountain

Once the beef was cooked almost all the way, I added the garlic, tomato paste, and wine and let it all simmer. Does that make it no longer a stir fry? I don’t know if that changes the name, all I know is that it smelled a-mazing. And he loved it for dinner and lunch the next day, so my job was done.

beef stir fry

How do you adjust your eating habits when your schedule gets crazy?

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Tags: beef, dinner, Food, healthy, vegetables

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Yum! We had a very similar dinner – homemade Korean bulgogi – last night. Beef stir fries are so quick and easy!


  2. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    HA! We end up having to clear out our fridge when we visit Jon’s parents because we come home with SO much food. Maybe it’s a NJ thing?


  3. The Sediment Blog’s avatar

    Always sample your wine before you cook with it.

    Nothing to do with flavour – it just numbs the fear of cooking.


  4. Megan’s avatar

    My mom always sends me home with tons of stuff too.

    I have such a hard time with stir-fry beef because I feel like no matter what I do, it always ends up overcooked and tough and chewy. Maybe I’ll try your method next time.

    When my schedule gets crazy, i try to make a big meal that we can eat all week long… or we just end up getting a lot of takeout.


  5. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I’m glad to hear work is calming down and going well! Lately, I’ve been eating some pretty sad meals due to our current living situation, but normally when things get busy, I have some quick go-to dinners like stir-fry, homemade pizza and frozen veggie burgers. ;)


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    sounds like you are in a really good place. go go go for that many hours in the day is definitely tough, so glad your workload has stabilized.


  7. Ranjani’s avatar

    nice to meet you the other night! Stir fries are great for quick weeknight meals – I try to keep cooked rice in the freezer to make it even quicker. It’s definitely tough to eat well with things get so crazy busy


  8. Nicol’s avatar

    Your food looks amazing, it is making my mouth water. My husband and I are the proud owners of Fitch Mountain. It put a nice smile on our faces this morning while crushing grapes to see that people enjoy our labor of love. Thank you and I look forward to reading more.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks so much for commenting! I hope crush goes well.


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