Avoiding gluten, corn, soy, MSG, sodium benzoate, and nitrites, just plain makes me feel so much better. Do I always do this? Of course not! Sometimes, when it's been a long while since I've fallen off the wagon, so to speak, I cheat. And what entices me to cheat? Stupid things like Laffy Taffy and Good'n'Plenty! How stupid is that! Do I know I'll feel miserable afterwards? Um, yeah. And I pay for it. Actually, the times that I cheat are getting fewer and farther between. So either I'm becoming more conscientious or I'm developing a better memory. Either way, things are looking up.
So, since this is a very tasty and healthful recipe, I thought I'd share it with you.
- 1# beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 1/2 -1 onion, sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced into narrow strips
- 10 fresh mushrooms, sliced
- Sea salt, coarse pepper, cayenne
A good piece of beef doesn't need seasonings and breadings. It has a good taste all on its own. So, in a skillet, stirfry the beef and garlic in about 2 T. olive oil. Remove beef from skillet onto a plate. In the skillet, stirfry the celery, onion, jalapeno, and red bell pepper until just barely tender. Now add the mushrooms and the beef (again). Stirfry a minute or two longer, just to heat thoroughly. Season only with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne. This is delicious! It will serve about 5 people, but if you make brown rice or basmati, you can serve it over the rice and 'stretch it' to serve more. Make a nice green salad and heck, you can feed a crew!
*When trimming any fat from the beef, be sure to toss it to the dogs who are waiting patiently for a treat. They can smell that beef and they deserve something besides dog food now and then!
Have you noticed that wonderful squeak that snow makes underfoot when the temperature is well below zero? I absolutely love that sound. It seems to be especially noticeable at night, but maybe that's just because there are fewer distractions then. That beautiful squeaking sound is something that people in warmer climates will never experience! I realized today that this has been a pretty good winter. It's already February, and although we've had some pretty cold spells, we've also had some bright, sunny days. Sunny days without wind, no matter how cold it gets, are just far more tolerable - and cheer me immensely. But put that sun under a cloud and whip up a little breeze, and it seems like winter has always been here and will never go away. Then it reminds me of Narnia: 'always winter and never Christmas.' But here we are on the 4th of February and the days are getting noticeably longer. It now stays light until 5:30 or so. That's a great improvement from just a month ago!