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Pepper Steak over Quinoa

I love the color and crunch this meal gets from the bell peppers. I also love stir-fried anything. It’s a weakness of mine. So an easy to make, at home version of Pepper Steak was right up my alley. I mean, come on, an easy Chinese(ish) recipe with big juicy slices of steak marinated in a yummy sauce and stir-fried with bell peppers and onions? I say, “Winner, Winner… that sounds like dinner!”

This has become a stand-by meal at our house for when weeknights get chaotic and I’ve got to throw the meal plan out the window for the night. An easy to follow recipe that is delicious and ready to eat in 30 minutes? Score. In less time than it would take you to order and receive (or pick-up) somebody else’s pepper steak, you can be seated at the table with your family, already enjoying your very own version, even on the busiest of nights.

Pepper Steak over Quinoa

4 Sons 'R' Us: Easy Pepper Steak

recipe originally from Gimme Some Oven

For Marinade 

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1/8 tsp. coarsely-ground black pepper (or more/less to taste)

Pepper Steak Ingredients

1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
2 Tbsp. olive oil
12 mini sweet peppers, thinly sliced (or 2 regular-sized bell peppers, thinly sliced)
2 scallions, sliced diagonally into 1 inch pieces, white and green pieces separated
2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced


To Make The Marinade:

Add all marinade ingredients to a large bowl or ziplock bag, and stir to combine. Add the sliced steak, and toss in the marinade. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

To Make The Pepper Steak:

1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sweet peppers and white part of the scallions, ginger, garlic, and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a plate.
2. Remove half the steak from the marinade with a slotted spoon (reserving the marinade) and saute about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer steak to plate with the veggies. Saute the remaining steak, then transfer to plate.
3. Add the reserved marinade to the skillet and cook for 1 minute or until thickened. Add the steak, veggies and green parts of the scallions to the skillet, and stir to combine. Cook for an additional minute, then remove from heat.
4. Serve immediately over rice or quinoa.

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