I’m so excited to share one of our new favorite recipes with all of you! I found a recipe on Pinterest for Pepper, Steak, & Onions that I tweaked a bit and decided to try it out last night. This is a perfect “comfort food” that doesn’t include any creams, soups, or butter. I especially liked this meal because it was a great way for me to get some veggies in my diet – something I really struggle with. It also really tastes like it was cooked in a Crock-Pot, but instead it is a one pot stove top dish.
You will need:
1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak (cut into 1/2 in. strips)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced onions (I used white)
2 sweet bell peppers, cut in strips (I used green & yellow)
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cups hot cooked rice (optional)
Dredge the pepper steak in paprika on both sides and set aside.
Prepare all of your other ingredients. Cut peppers and onions into strips that are similar in size. Dice tomatoes and crush the garlic cloves.
Cut the steak into strips. Over medium heat, cook steak and garlic in the olive oil until the meat is brown. Remove the crushed garlic. Add onions and peppers; continue cooking until the peppers and onions begin to wilt.
At this point your kitchen will begin to smell AMAZING! I couldn’t resist trying a piece of the steak after taking this picture and Andrew and I loved it. We knew this was going to be a yummy meal!
Next, add the tomatoes and broth. (Some recipes called for ketchup at this step. We used the tomatoes and broth as a substitute). Cover and simmer over low/medium heat for 45 minutes.
During this time I washed a few dishes, started some rice for our side dish and prepared the “gravy”. To make this you simply whisk together the water, flour, and soy sauce.
Don’t worry if the flour doesn’t completely break up. It will cook down once it is in the pot.
Andrew also used this time to sauté mushrooms, garlic, and serrano peppers to add to his serving of steak.
After 45 minutes, stir the gravy into the steak and cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the gravy to thicken.
We served this over rice and it was the perfect compliment.
I wouldn’t change a single thing about this recipe. We cannot rave about it enough. It was very inexpensive and most of the ingredients we had on hand. It was very easy and didn’t take long to prepare. It also left our house smelling so good that when my brother-in-law came over later that night he asked what we had for dinner because it smelled so good!
What are some of your favorite fall/winter comfort foods? Have you found ways to make them healthier?