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Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

CCE, NYC Nutriton and Healthy Programs

Yields about 4 servings

This quick stir-fry is chock full of vegetables and lean protein.

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3/4 pound lean beef round steak, boneless
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1/2 cup onion, sliced
2 cups zucchini squash, cut in thin strips
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 dash of pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water


Sharp knife,
Cutting board,
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons,
Large frying pan,
Small bowl/cup,
Mixing spoon


1. Trim all fat from steak. Slice steak into thin strips.
2. Heat oil in frying pan. Add beef strips and stir-fry over high heat. Reduce heat.
3. Add carrots, celery, onion, squash and seasonings and cook until vegetables are tender.
4. In a small cup, mix cornstarch and water until a smooth paste is formed. Add paste to beef mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened.


This recipe can also be made meatless or with chicken or turkey instead of steak.

More About Zucchini

How to Select

Look for zucchini with a slightly prickly, but shiny skin. The skin should be firm and free of cuts and bruises.

How to Store

Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Do not wash it until you are ready to use it. Cooked zucchini can be stored in the refrigerator as well, but should be used with in 2 days.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Trim tops and bottoms. Peel if skin is tough. Eat raw: Add to salads, or have as a snack with dip. Eat cooked: Steam, microwave or boil until tender, bake, roast, stir-fry, or saut. Add to pasta and rice dishes, soups and stews, and casseroles.