Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Quiz Results and Beef Stir Fry

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 6, 2013 ][ In Beef ]

I had six responses to my quiz last week and I’m relieved to report that mostly, those that replied do basic things every day for better health.  All six are concerned about taking care of their precious health so all but one floss their teeth every day; and all but one are concerned enough about their skin and skin cancer to wear sunscreen regularly.  All but one exercise regularly and eat fruits and vegetables every day.  Two report that they don’t drink water, one says not enough but the rest feel they drink plenty every day.  On the question of the flu shot, two have had bad reactions to them in the past, one just doesn’t get a flu shot and the other three do.  All six get regular dental, eye or other exams as necessary every year.  I hope they feel the benefits are worth a little trouble and that they enjoy better health because of their efforts.  I’d like to remind everyone that while we might not always want to make time to take care of our health, we will have to make time to be sick whether we want to or not.  Sometimes good health is all about simple steps like flossing, drinking eater and wearing sunscreen.


To encourage you all to eat your vegetables today, I’m sharing a simple beef stir fry I made last week.  I rarely cook beef as you may know because I don’t care for it.  However, beef stir fry sounded good and we enjoyed it for a change.  Pick any combination of vegetables that appeal to you; mine are just suggestions.  Do take the time to use some fresh ginger as it makes a huge difference in taste.  I just use a vegetable peeper to peel the brown skin off first, then just peel a few small strips to use in cooking.



Beef Stir Fry

1/2 to 1 lb. flat iron steak or any other thin piece of beef, sliced into small strips across the grain

1 cup each of carrots, snow peas, broccoli, etc. cut into bite sized pieces OR 2 packages fresh stir fry vegetables*

1 8 oz. package of your favorite mushrooms, I used Shitake, cut into bite sized pieces

2 to 4 Tbsp. olive oil

2 to 3 tsp. minced ginger

1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup rice, preferable brown but Jasmine is good for Asian dishes

3 Tbsp. light soy sauce

2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. cornstarch


Mix soy, rice wine vinegar and cornstarch in a small mixing cup; set aside.  Cook rice according to package directions.  While rice is cooking, add 2 Tbsp. oil to a large skillet or wok and heat to medium high.  Add meat and just sear briefly on each side, 2 to 4 minutes.  Remove from pan and keep warm.  Add more oil if necessary and reheat to medium high before adding vegetables.



Cook, stirring constantly till vegetables start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for 4 more minutes; then add garlic, ginger, meat and soy mixture.  Continue cooking 2 or 3 more minutes until vegetables are brown and fork tender.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Serve over hot rice.  Makes 3 or 4 generous servings.



Upadated on May 6, 2013

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